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Chemical Engineering MSc

Course Description

The MSc Chemical Engineering course is built upon the wide range of research in chemical engineering at Swansea University.This includes engineering applications of nanotechnology, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, cell and tissue engineering, chemical engineering, colloid science and engineering, desalination, pharmaceutical engineering, polymer engineering, rheology, separation processes, transport processes, and water and wastewater engineering.

The MSc Chemical Engineering research project provides an opportunity to work with a member of academic staff in one of the above, or related, area of research. The project may also involve collaboration with industry.

The taught component of the MSc Chemical Engineering course covers specific areas of advanced chemical engineering as well as the complex regulations that are found in the engineering workplace. It also provides an opportunity for the development of personal and transferable skills such as project planning, communication skills, and entrepreneurship.The Chemical Engineering course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

The MSc Chemical Engineering degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Modules on the MSc Chemical Engineering course typically include:

Complex Fluids and Flows
Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Colloid and Interface Science
Communication Skills for Research Engineers
Water and Wastewater Engineering
Membrane Technology
Environmental Analysis and Legislation
Optimisation and Reliability
Polymers: Properties and Design
Principles of Nanomedicine
Nanoscale Structures and Devices
Pollutant Transport by Groundwater Flows
MSc Research Practice
MSc Dissertation - Chemical Engineering

Links with Industry

One of the major strengths of Chemical Engineering at Swansea University is the close and extensive involvement with local, national and international engineering companies. The companies include:

Astra Zeneca
BP Chemicals
Dow Corning
Phillips 66

Career Prospects

The demand for Chemical Engineering graduates remains excellent with the highest starting salaries out of all engineering disciplines.

Chemical engineers find employment in a variety of public and private sector industries, applying the principles of chemical engineering to health, energy, food, the environment, medicine, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Quote on the Course

"Swansea University’s long standing MSc in Chemical Engineering, accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, attracts students from all around the world."

Dr Peter Douglas, Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering, Swansea University

Visit the Chemical Engineering MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc Chemical Engineering is a first or a second class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other engineering discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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