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Process Technology & Management (distance learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

This part-time modular programme is mainly for industry-based students from the UK and overseas whose focus is on process technology, management, business and IT.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), an international body of Chemical Engineers operating in countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and more. Graduates can fulfil the Master’s degree requirement for gaining chartership and becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

This course uses a project and work-based approach. It operates mainly by distance learning to allow you to spend the minimum time off-the-job. The programme meets the development needs of graduates from a range of engineering, technology and science disciplines, for example:
- Chemical Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Control Engineers
- Chemists

It’s relevant to a broad range of type and size of company throughout the chemical and process sectors.

For graduates in disciplines other than chemical engineering, a wide range of chemical engineering bridging modules are available and can be studied as part of an agreed programme prior to starting the MSc.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/processtechnologymanagement/

You'll study

The MSc Chemical Technology & Management and the MSc Process Technology & Management are delivered in parallel. Both courses have some of the same core classes. Some of the classes relate to business/management and IT and some are technical classes of mutual interest.

The course format is a three year, modular course with a major final year project completed in your place of work. A two year postgraduate diploma option and one year postgraduate certificate are also available.

You can tailor the degree to your own requirements by selecting classes from the areas of:
- Process Technology
- Chemical Technology
- Business/IT

The Process Technology modules address two major priority areas for the process industries:
- The design, optimisation, control and operation of safe, clean, economically viable processes
- A deeper understanding of principles in complex areas, such as reactors, multi-phase mixtures and advanced separation processes

- How many classes do you need to complete?
The MSc requires 12 taught classes and a work-based project (equivalent to six modules). The diploma requires 12 classes and the certificate six classes.
For graduates in disciplines other than chemical engineering, foundation or bridging modules in chemical engineering are available.

- Final project
You’ll normally take on this project in your own workplace allowing you to make practical use of the concepts learned throughout the course. The project is the main focus of year 3 of the course. An academic supervisor with experience in your chosen project field will help you with the academic requirements of the project. The management and eventual conclusion of the project will be driven by you.


In the department of Chemical & Process Engineering we've state-of-the-art research laboratories that opened in 2008. They include a comprehensive suite of experimental facilities including:
- light scattering
- spectroscopy
- adsorption measurements
- high pressure viscometry

Distance learning students are able to access to the University library online services, borrow online books and download academic papers and journals. You'll be able to access the University of Strathclyde library which holds 1,200,700 electronic books, 239 databases and over 105,000 e-journals that can be used 24 hours a day from any suitably enabled computer. The library also offers a postal service for distance learning students.

Course awards

Teaching staff in the department regularly receive nominations in the annual University-wide Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde’s students. Staff have also been in receipt of external awards from organisations such as the IChemE and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Additional information

This programme is only available on a part-time basis. If you want to cover the same scope of subjects on a full-time basis you should apply for the MSc Advanced Chemical & Process Engineering or MSc Sustainable Engineering: Chemical Processing.

Learning & teaching

The course is based on printed lecture notes and material delivered from the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), ‘myplace’. GoToWebinar is used for live tutorial sessions.

Lecturers provide support through:
- online tutorials
- forums
- email
- telephone
- face to face on campus tutorials

Engineering modules are run by staff in the Chemical and Process Engineering department and specialists from industry.

Distance learning students are also welcome to attend full time lectures and tutorials and access on campus facilities if they are in the Glasgow area either temporarily or as a local resident.

- Guest lectures
There are a number guest lectures from experts across several industries.


Whether you're planning to progress your career into management, redevelop yourself as an engineer or move into a new industry – a Masters degree will expand your career opportunities. As you choose your own modules, the MSc Process Technology and Management allows flexible and adaptable learning, so that you can plan your degree to you own career aspirations. Relevant industries that graduates work in include oil and gas, food and drink, pharmaceutical, water treatment and many more.

In addition, this MSc will provide you with a means to validate your skills and competency to employers – but also to the engineering council (specifically IChemE) opening up new prospects with charterships and further development.

- Where are they now?
100% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
Manufacturing Co-ordinator
Operations Director
Process Chemist
Process Engineer
Production Chemist
Senior Research Engineer

Employers include:
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
DSM Nutritional Products Ltd
H2Oil & Gas Ltd
Infineum UK Ltd
Simon Carves Engineering

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Process Technology & Management (distance learning) (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Theresa Yamson

…flexibility of combining a full-time career with further education. I could work from home once my children were tucked into bed, or during trips and generally manage my time around the course work.


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second class honours degree or higher, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline will be required to begin the course. However other qualifications will be considered if they meet the same standard, though due to the large variety of qualifications a definite answer can only be given once a full application has been received.

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