Introduction

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.

Chemical engineering involves changing the chemical state of substances to create many of the products we use today in everyday life, including, for example, petroleum, plastics, and synthetic fibres. Chemical engineers, therefore, work in a wide variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, renewable energy and environmental protection.

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is designed specifically for chemical engineering graduates, or graduates of related disciplines, who are looking to advance their specialist knowledge and skills and gain a higher qualification in the field of chemical and process engineering.

You will study the essential areas of chemical engineering in great detail, including Separation & Product Purification and Air & Water Pollution Control and learn about Catalyst & Reactor Design, and Process Design, Layout & Materials. In addition, you will choose further optional courses based on your career interests in subjects such as Clean Energy, Process Safety, Management and Human Factors Engineering.

The programme culminates in an Individual Research Project, which you will undertake on an agreed topic.

The School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen is known as a centre of excellence in Chemical engineering research, in areas including carbon capture, biofuel, energy storage and pharmaceutical manufacturing. We also have excellent industry links, with national and international chemical, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas companies such as Scottish Water, GSK, Halliburton and Shell.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

Semester 1

  • Separation and Product Purification (15 Credits, EG502Y)
  • Air & Water Pollution Control (15 Credits, EX501U)

Plus two course from:

  • Safety & Risk Management (15 credits, EG50S2)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 credits, EG501V)
  • Upstream Oil and Gas Processing (15 credits, EG5099)
  • Loss of Containment (15 credits, EG50T5)

Semester 2

  • Catalyst and Reactor Design (15 credits, EG552Q)
  • Process Design Layout and Materials (15 credits, EG55P8)

Plus two courses from:

  • Process Plant, Equipment and Operations (15 credits, EG55P7)
  • Mathematical Optimisation (15 credits, EG551T)
  • Applied Risk Analysis and Management (15 credits, EG5558)
  • Human factors Engineering (15 credits, EG55P9)

Semester 3

  • Individual Project in Advanced Chemical Engineering (60 credits, EG5915)

Please contact pgtadmteam@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

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

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Why Study Advanced Chemical Engineering?

  • Chemical engineers are highly sought after across a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink renewable energy and environmental protection.
  • The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is designed specifically for chemical engineering graduates, or graduates of related disciplines, including polymer engineering, material engineering, petroleum/ oil & gas engineering, food engineering, bioengineering, materials engineering, etc., who aspire to gain a further qualification, advanced technical skills and knowledge in the field of chemical and process engineering
  • You will study the essential areas of chemical engineering in great detail, with options to specialise through courses Clean Energy, Process Safety, Management and Human Factors Engineering.
  • A recent survey by the IChemE revealed that the median salary for chemical engineers in 2018 in the UK and Ireland was £54,000. The highest median salary for Chemical Engineers was found in the finance, insurance and risk sector at £90,000 per year. 
  • The School of Engineering has excellent industry links, with national and international chemical, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas companies such as Scottish Water, GSK, Halliburton and Shell. 

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate

Please note that international applicants for this programme require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. The ATAS certificate must be obtained before applying for a Tier 4 visa. You can submit an ATAS application up to 6 months before the programme start date, even if the offer is still conditional.

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:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

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.

CV
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.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £9,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
International Students £23,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

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.

Our Experts

Other Experts
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

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX