Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Chemical Engineering

The MSc Chemical Engineering postgraduate 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

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

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2019 entry

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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.

Course structure

Core modules

Electrochemical Principles

You gain an insight into the principles of electrochemical systems and the supporting theory. Also applications of this technology such as electrolysis processes, batteries, and fuel cells will be considered. The module examines the relevant kinetics and thermodynamics theory to model the mass transfer and diffusion effects observed.

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Process Improvement and Optimisation

Although the chemical industry has spectacularly changed within the last decade, there is still demand and ongoing need for process improvement and optimisation, to align technology to market needs by producing “lean and mean” designs.

You gain a sound understanding of the complex concepts of process improvement and a working knowledge of the sophisticated optimisation techniques that are applied to the design and control of chemical engineering processes.

Based on a thorough technical analysis of the chemical process, quality improvement measures will be proposed in order to optimise the reaction and operation conditions. In this respect, the use of catalysts with high activity and selectivity will be foreseen along with advanced flow reactors, while designing a new technology or re-designing an existing one. The standard optimisation techniques will be introduced and the most beneficial applications will be identified.

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

The module provides an understanding of the aims, responsibilities and means to achieve effective Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) management systems in oil and gas related organisations.

Critical components of safety management (including a QHSE plan, process safety, hazard identification, safety auditing and managing risk) form a comprehensive part of the core study underpinning the total Safety Management System (SMS). Where appropriate, actual industry examples are used as case studies to enhance your learning and to demonstrate the mechanisms used, and impact of, legal and administrative compliance. The relevance of occupational health and safety and also sustainability in safety are discussed in terms of best industry practice.

The importance of implementing a Total Quality Management (TQM) system and the impact on the industry/organisation will also be emphasised. Environmental drives and current issues, including an environmental impact assessment will complete this part of the programme content.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


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

This module covers environmental assessments such as life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmental management system on environmental impacts from industrial and human activities. You also gain an understanding of sustainable engineering strategies such as clean technology and renewable energy to address current environmental issues.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You can study this course either full time over one year or part time over two years, attending one day a week. Full-time and part-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 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.

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 need a first degree in chemical engineering or relevant engineering discipline equivalent to at least a UK second class (2.2) honours degree.

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

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months, including a summer break

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • September enrolment: 2 years, including a summer break, January enrolment: 28 months, including two summer breaks

More part-time details

2019 entry

Contact details

Further information