Postgraduate study

MSc Chemical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)*

The MSc Chemical Engineering (with Advanced Practice) course is ideal if you are a chemical engineering undergraduate or if you are working within the chemical and process associated industries – pharmaceutical, fertilisers, power and energy, or water companies – and are looking for professional development, for a promotion and/or to get up to date with industry standards and research.

Course information


  • September enrolment: 2 years, January enrolmet: 24 months, including two summer breaks

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2019 entry


  • Not available part-time

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You cover a range of advanced chemical engineering subjects, broadening and deepening your understanding and knowledge of the field. You have the opportunity to develop your skills in synthesising information from a wide variety of sources and developing your decision-making abilities in solving complex chemical engineering problems. Themes within the course include sustainability (recycling, better use of raw materials) and electrochemistry (battery technology and renewable energy).

This course provides you with an industrially, commercially and professionally relevant education by developing your lifelong learning skills, fostering an ethos of continual professional development and giving you a progression route for further professional development.Teesside University has a 50-year history of teaching chemical engineering. We have core staff with direct experience of working in or with the chemical engineering industry, in the UK and overseas. You use our impressive lab facilities for your research - we have a separations lab with absorption and distillation columns, a catalysis lab and fermentation processing unit. You may have the opportunity to link in with our ERDF-funded project on the development of hydrogen economy and other on-campus and regional industry-based research projects. Our chemical engineering graduates have gone on to work for companies including SABIC, Johnson Matthey, Sembcorp, GlaxoSmithKline and CF Fertilisers.The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here.

This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.
We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

Course structure

Core modules

Electrochemical Principles

Engineering Research Project

Health, Safety and Environment

Process Improvement and Optimisation Quality

Research and Enterprise Practical Health and Safety Skills

Supply Chain Management

This module demonstrates how to benchmark an organisation and introduces you to the concepts of key performance indicators, total quality management (TQM), six sigma, total productive maintenance (TPM) and supply chain management. You learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management enable you to plan activities, which improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

Sustainability in Chemical Engineering


Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You can study this course on a full-time basis. Full-time students can start their studies in Semester 1. Full-time international students can start their studies in Semester 2. The modules on this course are all FHEQ Level 7.

The course structure is divided into 20-credit taught modules delivered in one of two semesters. After successfully completing these modules, you proceed to a 60-credit research project where you undertake a major piece of individual research work.

The course consists of 120 credit of taught modules, a 60-credit Advanced Practice module and a 60-credit Engineering Research Project. Taught modules are delivered over one semester providing the opportunity for both in-depth learning and immersion within the subject material.

The course leader is Dr Faizan Ahmad and the core chemical engineering team is involved in teaching the modules.

How you are assessed

The course assessment tests subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition. Assessments are robust, equitable and manageable and incorporate both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

We use a variety of assessment tools to ensure that you have a range of opportunities to demonstrate learning:

  • design reports
  • laboratory reports
  • portfolios
  • exams
  • group work
  • preparing and displaying posters
  • technical interviews/oral presentations
  • literature surveys, evaluations and summaries
  • dissertation.

You are presented with an assessment schedule with details of the submission deadlines for summative assessments.

Work placement

The Advanced Practice route allows you to:

  • enhance your knowledge and professional skills within an external environment through a vocational internship OR
  • further develop your academic and research skills and knowledge by undertaking an internal research internship

Prior to the Advanced Practice, you are required to undertake and pass the Health and Safety module. The course leader and Advanced Practice in Science, Engineering and Design module tutor offers guidance and support to help you choose the most appropriate option available. During the Advanced Practice studies, you are also supported by the employer, or School research staff. You are also given guidance from a member of the School’s academic staff acting as mentor, providing academic and pastoral support. You have contact with the module tutor throughout the academic practice.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineers are employed worldwide in activities including research and development, design and plant operation. They are involved in a wide range of sectors including utilities, construction, defence, chemicals, oil, pharmaceuticals, energy and environment.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a 2.2 degree with significant chemical engineering content.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

* Subject to University approval

Course information


  • September enrolment: 2 years, January enrolmet: 24 months, including two summer breaks

More full-time details

2019 entry


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information