This course will build upon your existing scientific/engineering knowledge and skills to convert to a specialisation in chemical engineering. This MSc course will provide you with chemical engineering and process technology skills for exciting and challenging careers in the chemical and related process industries.
The course has been designed to provide a depth of knowledge in core and aspects of advanced chemical engineering and a range of up-to-date process technologies. These will enable you to design, operate and manage processes, and associated manufacturing plants, and to provide leadership in innovation, research and development, and technology transfer.
You’ll undertake a large research project and study a series of compulsory taught modules covering: chemical engineering principles; chemical process technology; chemical reaction processes, separation processes; plant design; batch process engineering; and chemical products design and development.
This course is suitable for graduates of a related engineering or science undergraduate degree, for example in chemistry. If you are a chemical engineering graduate, you might be interested in our Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc.
Your Research Project module gives you the chance to study in cutting-edge facilities where our researchers are pushing the boundaries of chemical engineering.
We have world-class facilities for carrying out research in manufacturing (including crystallisation), processing and characterising particulate systems for a wide range of technological materials, as well as facilities for nanotechnology and colloid science/technology.
We also have high performance computing facilities and state-of-the-art computer software, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), for modelling and simulation of a wide range of processes. This will provide a strong background knowledge in industrial process and equipment design and optimisation.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as a conversion package that satisfies the requirements for bachelor-level accreditation and ensures the quality of the education provided.
You’ll study a series of compulsory modules which will build your knowledge of chemical engineering principles, chemical products design and development, separation processes, chemical process technology, chemical reaction processes and batch process engineering.
Your team design project will give you the skills and practical experience necessary to contribute to major industrial multi-disciplinary design projects. Your team will plan and execute the project, identify and analyse key issues in materials science and engineering that will affect the project’s success, and deliver final recommendations.
Every student undertakes a research project that runs throughout the year. You’ll focus on a topic of your choice that fits within one of the School’s research areas and produce an independent study, reflecting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired. This will enable you to gain experience of planning, executing and reporting a research work of the type you will undertake in an industrial/academic environment.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Research Project (MSc) 60 credits
- Team Design Project 15 credits
- Chemical Products Design and Development 15 credits
- Separation Processes 30 credits
- Chemical Process Technology 15 credits
- Chemical Reaction Processes 15 credits
- Batch Process Engineering 15 credits
- Chemical Engineering Principles 15 credits
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, practicals, tutorials and seminars. Independent study is also an important element of the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including problem sheets, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessments.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A bachelor degree with a minimum of 2:2 (hons) or equivalent in a related engineering or science discipline. Appropriate industrial experience at a professional level will be considered.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks).
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: £10,250 (total)
International: £22,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
The School of Chemical and Process Engineering offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our Scholarships.
Career prospects are excellent. There is a wide range of career opportunities in the chemical and allied industries in process engineering, process design and research and development as well as in finance and management.
Graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles at companies like P&G, National Nuclear Industry, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement, the National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation, Invensys Operations Management, Worley Parsons, Hollister-Stier Laboratories, BOC, ASM Technologies and more.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations, book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual STEM Fair provides further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.
The research project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and may include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.