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Process engineering often involves close collaboration between engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines. The MSc in Chemical Process Engineering at UCL is specifically designed to facilitate this collaboration and provides graduates from a variety of engineering and science disciplines with the advanced training required to enter the chemical or biochemical industries.

About this degree

The MSc in Chemical Process Engineering aims to provide students with a solid academic background in a broad range of Chemical Engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving necessary for a successful career in the sector.

For 2017/18, the MSc in Chemical Process Engineering programme consists of seven modules selected from a list of available modules.

From 2018/19, the programme will be split into three different routes with different compulsory and optional modules. The routes are:

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Route (accredited by the IChemE)
  • Design Route (accredited by the IChemE)
  • Research Route

Apart from this, the programme remains unchanged.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake either a research project or a design project, which culminates in a project report and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lecture-based courses, individual and group activities, assessed coursework and tutorial sessions. Advanced design or research projects are provided to extend knowledge and understanding of the topics studied and to encourage critical thinking. Creativity and innovation is encouraged on the demonstration of sound judgement and assumptions. Assessment is mainly through examinations, coursework and reports.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Chemical Process Engineering MSc

Careers

Upon completion, our graduates can expect to play a major role in developing the technologies that make available most of the things that we use in everyday life and provide the expertise and technology to enhance our health and standard of living. These activities may involve the development of new materials, food processing, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy resources as well as being at the frontline, addressing present environmental issues such as climate change.

Typical destinations of recent graduates include: Amec Process and Energy, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, National Grid, Health & Safety Executive. Career profiles of some of our recent MSc graduates are available on our website.

Employability

Students gain in-depth knowledge of core chemical engineering subjects and of the advanced use of computers in process design, operation and management. They receive thorough training in hazard identification, quantification and mitigation, as well as in risk management and loss prevention, and also learn how to design advanced energy systems, with emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Students learn how to make decisions under uncertain scenarios and with limited available data and receive training on how to plan, conduct and manage a complex (design or research) project.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Chemical Engineering, situated in the heart of London, is one of the top-rated departments in the UK, being internationally renowned for its outstanding research.

The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting IChemE's requirements for Further Learning to Master's Level. This recognition will fulfil an important academic qualification for MSc graduates with suitable first degrees in eventually becoming Corporate Members of IChemE.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering

90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Chemical Process Engineering (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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