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Course content

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

Degree information

The programme covers core chemical engineering subjects alongside a wide range of options. Students choose either a research or an advanced design project. The advanced design project option is aimed at students who have not undertaken a design project during their undergraduate degree and eventually seek to become Chartered Engineers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six optional modules (90 credits) and a project (90 credits).

Optional modules 1 (15 credits each) - students must choose three optional modules from the list below (45 credits in total).
-Advanced Process Engineering
-Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
-Chemical Reaction Engineering II
-Electrochemical Engineering and Power Sources
-Energy Systems and Sustainability
-Fluid-Particle Systems
-Molecular Thermodynamics
-Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering
-Process Systems Modelling and Design (students taking this module must have passed the equivalent of Process Dynamics and Control in their first degree)
-Process Dynamics & Control
-Separation Processes
-Transport Phenomena II

Optional modules 2 (15 credits each) - students must choose three optional modules from the list below (45 credits in total).
-Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
-Environmental Systems
-Mastering Entrepreneurship
-Project Management
-Water and Wastewater Treatment

Research project/design project
All MSc students undertake either a Research Project (90 credits) or an Advanced Design Project (90 credits) that culminates in a project report and oral examination. Students who have already passed a Design Project module in their first degree cannot select the Advanced Design Project module.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and individual and group activities. Invited lectures delivered by industrialists provide a professional and social context. Assessment is through written papers, coursework, a report on the research or design project and an oral examination.


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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Project Engineer, Global Energy
-Process Engineer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
-Process Engineer, Petrofac
-Project Control Administrator, Mott MacDonald
-Project Engineer, Kinetics Process Systems Pte Ltd

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.

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






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