Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Process Safety (Chemical Engineering)
Process Safety is the latest addition to our suite of industry relevant engineering MSc degree programmes. Part-time and full-time study options available.

Key Facts

Study Modes
Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (27 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

Our School of Engineering has focussed on safety related teaching and research for over 20 years and has established itself as one of the key centres for safety engineering. Working closely with leading industry organisations and IChemE, we have developed what we believe to be a truly distinctive and leading MSc Process Safety degree programme.

With a focus on advanced chemical engineering breadth and depth in process safety, we are reaching out to individuals that have the desire and skills to become qualified Process Safety Engineers and who are from a Chemical Engineering background, or a Petroleum or Mechanical Engineering background but with good chemical/chemistry knowledge. 

"The vision for the new MSc is to create a world-class centre of research and teaching in process safety, It’s too important a subject to not have a real focus on it for chemical engineers.”

Neil Renton, Operations Director, Genesis

“Process safety is one aspect of engineering that requires you to understand the fundamentals of why hazards exist, and how plants are designed, as well as the human factors. When we were recruiting we saw that there were no courses out there that did exactly what we wanted, but the one at Aberdeen is designed from scratch, covering the wider process safety aspect. It really encapsulates the things we seen on the job by training."

Conor Crowley, Safety Engineer, Atkins and Industry Advisory Board member

Why Study this Programme?

  • This programme will examine the primary technologies and equipment used, as well as the operations involved in upstream oil and gas processing. Students will be exposed to the major issues and challenges facing industry and develop a professional approach to managing these accordingly.
  • A major component of the programme is understanding and managing risk. Students will be exposed to the tools and processes used to identify, assess and manage risk, taking factors such as process operations and human factors into account.
  • The programme will produce highly employable Process Safety professionals who understand industry pressures and have a detailed understanding of operational safety and risk assessment.
  • This is a relevant and highly professional programme which gives current engineering and science graduates a tremendous opportunity to further their career in a field in which, evidence suggests, there is currently limited provision and access to postgraduate study.
  • The programme can be studied part time to suit the needs of industry professionals already working in the field.
  • Major incidents continue to happen, and they have a huge impact on people. A huge part of the profession is making sure that engineers have the skills to prevent these types of disasters.

Our Experts

Dr Euan Bain 

Contact Information

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 272081

Fax: +44 (0) 1224 272818

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The Programme is currently offered as a full-time or a part-time programme. 

The courses studied will be the same but will be taught in the following order for the full-time option. 

1st Half Session – September - December

Process Risk Identification and Management 

Upstream Oil & Gas Processing 

Loss of Containment & Consequence Modelling 

Computational Fluid Dynamics 

 2nd Half Session – January – May

Applied Risk Analysis & Management 

Process Plant, Equipment and Operations 

Process Design, Layout & Materials 

Human Factors Engineering 


Individual Project in Process Safety (60 credits)

How You'll Learn

The programme consists of two semesters: September to December, and January to May.

After the written examinations in May, students registered for the MSc degree start an industry or school-based project, where this can be arranged, and at the end of this period an individual project report, in form of a dissertation, has to be submitted and examined by our External Examiners, who will may also make an oral examnination of some students on all aspects of the Programme. The final assessment takes account of performance in all parts of the Programme and examinations.

Learning Methods

Group Projects, Individual Projects, Lectures, Research


The principal method of student assessment is through written examinations. Candidates are normally expected to pass all examinations and all projects submissions. MSc candidates must submit a dissertation on their project, and may be required to undergo an oral examination.


Safety will always remain one of the most important areas of focus for industry. This will result in a continuous demand for skilled, knowledgeable academics around the globe. Example careers relating to his programme may include:

  • Safety Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Risk and Safety Manager
  • Process/Technical Safety Engineer
  • HSSE Lead Engineer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Safety Consultant

Normally a 2.1 or above (UK equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, alternatively Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering at 2.1 or above with evidence of strength in key aspects of Chemical Engineering. 

Document requirements

For this application we need at least:

  • a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) so far (original & official English translation)
  • detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • optional - reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability

It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.


Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations. 


2016/17 Fees

UK/EU - £4,500

International - £17,200


Funding opportunities can be found in our searchable Funding Database. You are advised to search the database as a broad range of funding exists much of which you may be eligible for.

A list of funding opportunties is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information


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