The course is centred in the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a key interdisciplinary institute, which links the School of Chemistry and School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE) at the University of Leeds.
The iPRD is comprised of experts from the field of chemistry and engineering, who work closely with the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries, to develop technology which can improve manufacturing processes and thereby impact on costs, quality, productivity, waste and energy. The iPRD is uniquely placed to conduct industrially relevant research and training at the vital Chemistry – Chemical Engineering interface and provides training facilities for process testing and scale-up.
This course aims to provide students from a Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related science and engineering background, with an advanced knowledge of chemical process research and development.
The modular nature of the course allows students from differing backgrounds to tailor it to their own needs, allowing those with a knowledge of chemistry to focus on more advanced chemical aspects of process development and develop a strong appreciation of chemical engineering principles. Students with a background in chemical engineering can concentrate on advanced engineering aspects and develop a strong appreciation of chemistry. Students from more diverse backgrounds (e.g. pharmacy, forensic science, materials science, physics, and biochemistry) will have the opportunity to study broader aspects of both chemistry and chemical engineering but would not be expected to study at the advanced levels of students with specialist chemistry or chemical engineering knowledge.
The entire course has industrial relevance and much of it is industry led, including extensive use of seminars and workshops by industrial speakers. A major part of the MSc course is an extensive research project. All of these are industrially relevant, and some are industrially sponsored. They can also be carried out in industrial laboratories when advantageous to do so.
The industrial focus of the course and the shortage of suitably qualified postgraduate students, with experience at the chemical – chemical engineering interface, ensures excellent career prospects for successful graduates and also provides a good route for progression onto further postgraduate study at PhD level.