Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2018. If you are starting in September 2019, these will give you are flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project - 60 credits
You will undertake a research project during the summer months.
Recent projects include:

  • Control of heat release and temperature levels in jacketed stirred tank vessels
  • Pool boiling heat transfer of nanofluids
  • Computational modelling of particulate flow

Chemical Products Design and Development - 15 credits
Introduces the challenges faced in bringing a new product to market. Basic skills, linking product benefits and performance to market need, will be developed along with aspects of new product design and the selection processes needed to refine a concept.

Multi-scale Modelling and Simulation - 30 credits
Provides an overview of modelling techniques at the microscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic length scales, eg molecular modelling, discrete element methods and process systems modelling. It will show how multiscale modelling can be applied to solve practical problems via a number of case studies.

Advances in Chemical Engineering - 15 credits
Introduces the most recent developments in chemical engineering science and technology, covering topics such as colloidal science and engineering, nanoscience and technology, process analytical technology and non-intrusive measurement techniques.

Optional modules

Chemical Reaction Processes - 15 credits
Provides a comprehensive introduction to types of reactions and reactors, together with rate analysis and principles of design of ideal reactors.

Advanced Reaction Engineering - 15 credits
Covers advanced topics in reaction engineering, including non-isothermal operation and stability of reactors, non-ideal flow reactors, reactions catalysed by solids and design of packedbed and fluidised-bed reactors, multiphase reactions and reactor design, and recent advances in reaction engineering.

Batch Process Engineering - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the distinctive features of batch processes, the concepts and methods for scheduling and simulation batch operations, skills for selection of batch route, solvents and equipment, and the design of control systems and the future directions in batch manufacturing techniques.                 

Nanomaterials - 15 credits
Provides students with an understanding of the properties and processing of inorganic nanomaterials, nanoparticles and thin films and how this leads to their potential applications in electronic, biomedical and structural applications.

Pharmaceutical Formulation - 15 credits
An overview of the pharmaceutical industry together with drug discovery, development, regulation and protection processes. Covers the core pharmaceutical sciences that underpin drug action and product formulation, and pharmaceutical formulation practice and route selection together with an overview of the associated unit operations.

Nuclear Operations - 15 credits
Provides a clear understanding of operations in the nuclear industry and the role of reactors as a component of an integrated engineered system, including a clear understanding of the safety culture and regulatory environment of the nuclear industry and how this is manifested in design, operation, waste management and decommissioning.

Fuel Processing - 15 credits
Introduction to refinery processes, composition of crude oil, final fuels and fuel properties. Includes petroleum refining, natural gas processing and health and safety aspects of fuel processing operations.

Materials Structures and Characterisation - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the range of techniques available to investigate the morphology, structure and chemistry of materials and how these link into resultant materials properties.

More information for this course is available in the course catalogue.