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

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Separation and Product Purification (EG502Y) - 15 Credit Points

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical or related engineering to equip them with advanced technical skills and knowledge. Separation and Product Purification is a core course of the program. It aims to provide the knowledge and skills related to the existing and emerging separation and product purification technologies in the context of design, optimization, and operation.

The aim of this course is to provide the students with sufficient breadth and depth of prevalent and conventional and emerging separation techniques used in chemical process industries; a significant emphasis will be given to bio-separations used in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomolecules. Other emerging separations in, for example, carbon capture and utilization, environmental protection, etc will be covered.

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Air and Water Pollution Control (EX501U) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces the water cycle and the need for wastewater treatment. Biological wastewater treatment is covered in detail with focus on: activated sludge process for carbon and nitrogen removal and anaerobic digestion. Chemical-physical processes for wastewater and waste gas treatment are also covered in detail: adsorption, stripping, chemical precipitation, chemical oxidation, membrane processes. The course focuses on process design based on mass balance and kinetics.

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Optional Courses

Plus two from the options below.

Please note: From September 2019 entry onwards EG50T4/EG502Z Process Risk Identification and Management and EG50S1/EG501S Fundamental Safety Engineering and Risk Management Concepts will be replaced with EG50S2/EG50S3 Safety and Risk Management.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Loss of Containment (EG50T5) - 15 Credit Points

The nature of fires and explosions is covered together with basic models to describe their characteristics. Thermal radiation (flaring) is reviewed and modelled. Source models and dispersion models for single and multi-phase systems are presented. Toxicity & dispersion are reviewed and extended. Loss of containment statistics is reviewed together with the critical examples from chemical processes and reactions. Identification and quantification of loss of containment scenarios are presented and analysed.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Catalyst and Reactor Design (EG552Q) - 15 Credit Points

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical or related engineering to equip them with advanced technical skills and knowledge in chemical engineering. Catalyst and Reactor Design is a core course of the program. It aims to provide the students with sufficient breadth and depth of catalysis and its application for catalyst design and theory and practice of reactor engineering.

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Process Design, Layout & Materials (EG55P8) - 15 Credit Points

Candidates will develop PIDs for major systems applying LOPA and including instrumentation. Inherently safe equipment layout principles for both onshore and offshore applications are addressed. Layouts will be developed for example applications.

The safety critical systems are reviewed and discussed.

Corrosion mechanisms are addressed together with materials for construction properties. Basic corrosion models are presented for a wide range of fluids. The operational modes which present most demand on materials are reviewed. Corrosion in erosive environments is addressed. Effects of temperature deviations in fire & blowdown are illustrated and analysed. Case studies are used to illustrate common issues.

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Optional Courses

Plus two from the following:

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. Focus is being placed on the stability of feedback control loops and on advanced control strategies aiming at enhancing safety and operability. Specific cases across the safety hierarchy (basic and advanced process control, alarm systems, emergency shutdown and interlocks, etc.) are addressed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Individual Project In Advanced Chemical Engineering (EG5915) - 60 Credit Points

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical engineering or in other related disciplines such as 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. This programme will provide the students and practicing engineers with the latest skills and knowledge in a range of core areas of chemical engineering science, design and practice and will provide a range of optional courses to specialize in clean energy, process safety, management studies, and environmental protection. 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, consultancy, and many areas.

The individual project will be based on research.

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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.

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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 £5,800
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £21,000
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 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.

Funding Opportunities

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.

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