A flexible, industry-focused programme, delivering advanced skills in chemical and process engineering for multiple industry sectors, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and environmental science.
This programme is studied on campus.
The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is designed specifically for degree holders in chemical engineering, or in other related disciplines, who wish to advance their knowledge and skills and gain a higher qualification in the field of chemical and process engineering.
The programme provides students and practising engineers with the latest skills and knowledge in a range of core areas of chemical engineering science, including design and practice, alongside opportunities to select from a range of optional courses in clean energy, process safety, management studies, and environmental protection.
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- On Campus Learning
- Degree Qualification
- 12 months
- Study Mode
- Full Time
- Start Month
What You'll Study
- Semester 1
- Separation and Product Purification
- Air & Water Pollution Control (EX501U)
Plus two of the following optional courses:
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (EG501V) - 15 Credit Points
The course aims to provide understanding of main principles and techniques underpinning computational fluid dynamics (CFD) combining numerical methods with practical experience using appropriate software. The course develops a foundation for understanding, developing and analysing successful simulations of fluid flows applicable to a broad range of applications.
- Upstream Oil and Gas Processing (EG5099) - 15 Credit Points
The aim of the course is to give students a theoretical and practical understanding of the main technologies and unit operations involved in upstream oil and gas processing. The key aspects of process safety are also covered to provide the basis for developing safe and operable systems.
- Process Risk Identification & Management (EG50T4) - 15 Credit Points
Historical safety/loss trends set the context for the topic. Major process hazards are reviewed with the accident process. Legislative frameworks utilised by industry are presented, highlighting differences between regions.
Hazard management systems and supporting safety analysis techniques are presented. These include: HAZID; LOPA; HAZOP; Event Trees; FMEA. ALARP is presented and reinforced by example.
Management measures to prevent major accidents (Major Accident Prevention Policies, MAPP; Safety Management Systems, SMS) and the role of the legislator are presented.
Candidates analyse major accidents and use the taught material to identify barriers which failed and establish underlying causes of accidents.
- Loss of Containment (EG50T5) - 15 Credit Points
The nature of fires & explosions is covered with basic models describing their characteristics. Thermal radiation is reviewed & modelled. Source & dispersion models for single and multi-phase systems are presented. Models for low temperatures generated on blowdown/expansion are presented. Fluid flow in networks is analysed focussing on fire water systems and flare/blowdown networks. Toxicity & dispersion are reviewed and extended.
Loss of containment statistics are reviewed with critical plant & equipment. Industry codes and standards are reviewed. The key area of HP/LP interfaces is covered. Gas blowby examples & case studies are presented. Identification and quantification of loss of containment scenarios are presented and analysed.
- Semester 2
- Catalyst and Reactor Design
- Process Design Layout & Materials (EG55P8)
Plus two of the following optional courses:
- Process Plant, Equipment & Operations (EG55P7) - 15 Credit Points
The course aims to give students knowledge and understanding of how larger process systems behave and are operated and controlled, with a focus being put on safety aspects. Specific cases across the safety hierarchy (basic and advanced process control, alarm systems, emergency shutdown and interlocks, safety relief) are addressed.
- Mathematical Optimisation (EG551T) - 15 Credit Points
Ever wondered how Excel is able to draw an optimal line through a set of points? This course looks at how typical engineering problems that cannot be described mathematically (or are difficult to do so) can be solved so that the optimal solution is found. The course contains a range of examples to show how the techniques are applied to real world problems in different engineering disciplines. The course will show how to develop computational algorithms from scratch, with a fundamental understanding of how the algorithms function, both mathematically and then in real time on a computer.
- Applied Risk Analysis and Management (EG5558) - 15 Credit Points
Risk assessment, the common tools used for (and the legal requirement associated with) risk assessment are covered. Students will have a thorough understanding on the components of good assessment and management of risks, and be familiar with the basic requirement for HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, QRA and the Safety Case.
- Human Factors Engineering (EG55P9) - 15 Credit Points
Human Factors Engineering (HFE) relates to how people interact with engineering systems. Failures in these areas are involved in all major incidents. Candidates explore them as part of this course. First, a review of major accidents will be undertaken to identify how equipment design, individual behaviours, and organisational behaviours contributed. Equipment/system design and the effect it has on individuals’ behaviours is explored. Human Error is addressed. Finally, organisational behaviours will be examined. Leading and Lagging indicators are explored and their strengths/weaknesses considered. Candidates have the opportunity to complete practical assessments led by industry practitioners with specialist expertise in HFE.
- Semester 3
Individual Research Project (June to August)
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
- Group Projects
- Individual Projects
- Lab Work
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
- 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in Chemical Engineering or other related engineering discipline.
- Those with a High 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant experience.
Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.
English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
- an up-to-date CV/Resumé
- Degree Certificate
- a degree certificate showing your qualifications
- Degree Transcript
- a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
- Personal Statement
- a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Fees and Funding
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Home / EU / RUK Students||£5,500|
|Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year|
|Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year|
International non-EU Applicants
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities in research and development as well as in industrial fields including oil and gas processing, petrochemicals, fine chemicals and beverages, clean energy, environmental waste management, materials, agrochemicals, process safety, consultancy, and many technical areas.
- Other Experts
- Professor James Anderson
- Prof Jos Derksen
- Dr Euan Bain
- Thomas Baxter
- Dr Marcus Campbell Bannerman
- Dr Davide Dionisi
- Dr Jeff Gomes
- Dr Mohammed Imbabi
- Dr Panagiotis Kechagiopoulos
- Dr Claudia Fernandez Martin
- Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe
- Dr Xiaodong Wang
- Programme Coordinator
- Dr Waheed Afzal
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
Get in Touch
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen