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.

Study Information

At a Glance

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

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. Air pollution control is also covered in detail. The course focuses on process design based on mass balance, heat balances and kinetics.

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Optional Courses

Plus two from:

Safety & Risk Management (EG50S2)

15 Credit Points

The course serves as the entrance to the field of safety and reliability engineering with the introduction of the basic concepts and tools of safety and risk management. Legal frames related to engineering safety are also introduced.

Contents include: Fundamentals of safety engineering; natural and man-made hazards; safety measures; accident and failure statistics; fundamentals of risk management; risk assessment techniques; classical reliability theory; modelling of engineering systems as series and parallel systems; redundancy; fault trees and event trees; availability and maintainability; UK safety legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act and its historical, offshore and other regulations.

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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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Loss of Containment (EG50T5)

15 Credit Points

The course aims to give students an in-depth treatment of the critical technical aspects of loss of containment including factors leading to loss of containment and consequence modelling.

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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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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:

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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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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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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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
Advanced Chemical Engineering Individual Project (EG5915)

60 Credit Points

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical and related engineering with significant research element. The individual research project provides unique opportunities for the students to conduct in-depth research with flexibility of choice after the completion of taught courses.

The MSc project will concern original work investigating an agreed topic related to advanced chemical engineering under an academic supervisor and reporting the findings a dissertation as per the guidelines issued by the School of Engineering. The project can be conducted either on a project advertised by the academic staff member of the School or sourced from the industry to address a problem concerning an aspect of research and design problem, often associated with a larger research activity of research theme being studied by the academic staff within the School, or with an external organisation.

The School has a robust mechanism of collection, reviewing and approving staff-led and industrial projects, their implantation and assessment across all the cohorts of PGT programs in the school and their quality assurance. The description provided here should be used as the guiding principles instead of binding.

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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

The CAH3 code for this degree is CAH10-01-09. Students who need a visa to live or study in the UK must to apply for ATAS clearance. The ATAS clearance certificate must be valid when you apply for a visa to enter the UK. To find out if you need to apply for ATAS clearance, please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

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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

Fee Information

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 Fee Information

  • 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.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

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 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