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Why this course?

This course is a part-time distance learning Masters degree.

It's for students who are working in chemical and process engineering roles, who want to include business and management in their study. Parts of the course, including the final project, relate to the students' workplace. 

It's also suitable for graduates of related science and engineering disciplines who are working in chemical and process industries. For these students, there will be an optional revision semester at the start of the course. 

A two-year postgraduate diploma option and one-year postgraduate certificate are also available.

What you'll study

You'll attend a mix of core and elective taught classes. In your final year, you'll completed a major project in your place of work. 

Around 70% of the course content has a technical and engineering focus, with a mix of core and elective classes. There are also business and management classes in areas such as finance, strategy, and project management. 


You'll be based in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. We have state-of-the-art research laboratories that feature a comprehensive suite of experimental facilities including:

  • light scattering
  • spectroscopy
  • adsorption measurements
  • High-pressure viscometry

As a distance learning student, you'll have access to the University library online. You can borrow online books and download academic papers and journals. The library also offers a postal service for distance learning students.

Course awards

Our staff have been nominated in the annual University of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde’s students. Our staff have also received external awards from organisations like the IChemE and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered from our Virtual Learning Environment MyPlace.

Your lecturers will provide support through:

  • online tutorials
  • webinars
  • forums
  • email
  • telephone

Classes are taught by our academic staff, external consultants, and industry specialists.

You're also welcome to attend full-time lectures and tutorials and use the facilities on campus.


You'll be assessed using online tests and assignments. Your major project will be assessed by a written project report. You may also be required to attend a written exam.

Students from the UK

Students from the UK students will attend exams on campus, here in Glasgow. We will make the odd exception, on occasion, in compelling circumstances. This includes staff working in offshore installations. In these circumstances, a suitable examination arrangement can be agreed with the University.

Students from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can take the exam at an approved international centre. 


Whether you're planning to progress your career into engineering management, redevelop yourself as an engineer or move into a new industry – a Masters degree will expand your career opportunities. 

This MSc will also let you validate your skills and competency to employers. Through its accreditation by the IChemE, it can provide a route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Where are they now?

Job titles include 

  • Operations Director
  • Process Chemist
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Chemist
  • Senior Research Engineer
  • Senior Quality Officer
  • Concept Engineer
  • Engineering Manager 

Employers and sponsors include

  • BOC
  • BP
  • Centrica
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Glenmorangie
  • Johnson Mathey
  • Pfizer
  • Schlumberger 
  • Total

Visit the Process Tecnology & Mangement MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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