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MSc(Eng)/PGDip Process Safety and Loss Prevention


University of Sheffield Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Full time & Part time September MSc, PgDip 1 year FT (MSc) / 2 years PT (MSc) / 9 months FT (PGDip)

About the course

Course description

Accredited by the the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Whether you’re already working in the field or just starting out, this course will deepen your understanding and equip you with skills and expertise in process safety, loss prevention and risk assessment. You’ll be ready for a career in the oil and gas, chemical, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries, or with any of the consultancies that service them.

Full time or part time

This course is available full time over a year, or part time over two or three years. Each module can be taken as a short course – useful if you’re already working in industry. Part-time students need to complete all modules within two years. You can take an extra third year to complete your dissertation if you need to – we won’t charge fees for

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in science, technology or engineering.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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Emily Elliot

Why did you choose Sheffield?

I chose Sheffield because it had the unique Masters course in Process Safety and Loss Prevention. Bonus points for being a great city to live in and on the doorstep to the Peaks.

Why did you decide to do the PSLP course and what did you enjoy about it?

My background is in mathematics. I chose the PSLP course because I wanted to gain technical/engineering experience so that I could get a job in industry. The PSLP interested me because it teaches a combination of safety engineering and safety management, as well as loss prevention techniques. I enjoyed being taught by industry experts, felt confident applying what I was learning to real life situations, and meeting people from all over the world and learning about their experiences.

How did the Department support you?

Before I applied for the course, I had expressed an interest in doing it. The Department invited me along for a day to sit in on the lectures so I could gain an understanding of the structure and type of work we’d be doing. While a lot of students on the course came from an engineering background, myself and some other students did not. The Department helped us all by running a day before the course started which taught us about Chemical Engineering basics, run by the Course Director and Deputy Course Directors.

Tell us about your current job

I currently work in a process safety role at a sweet manufacturing plant for an international organisation. The work is focused on dust explosion and fire hazards and I am enjoying seeing and working across all areas of the plant. I work with the engineering, safety and maintenance teams, to manage and improve the process risks across the site.

Did your degree help you in what you are doing now?

Absolutely the degree helped me in what I’m doing now. One of the modules, Process Safety in the Pharmaceuticals, Food and Consumer Products Industries gave me the grounding I needed to succeed at interview and in the job I am doing now. The course only piloted this module last year, and it was a fantastic eye opener into the types of niche hazards these industries face. I have since applied this and also continued to learn so much, in what I am doing now.


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