MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time

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Overview

This course aims to produce graduates trained in the core discipline of chemical engineering including energy, materials and reaction engineering, and project management.

It will give you the relevant understanding, skills and knowledge required to operate effectively in the chemical engineering sector, making you capable in the context of modern industrial practice and sustainable development.

You'll develop your knowledge of mathematics, applied sciences, engineering methods and safety, in support of the central themes of the course. You'll also expand on your intellectual and reasoning powers, your ability to perceive the broader perspective, and your problem-solving skills.

The course has been developed in response to relevant industry needs and it reflects our strength in research and teaching within this area. The MSc programme benefits from the MEng material for the Chemical Engineering programme to enhance the student experience through greater class sizes and shared learning experiences.

Why Advanced Chemical Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction amongst London competitors for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
LSBU has an enviable reputation for employability and entrepreneurship. Our graduates find opportunities across the world and make an impact where-ever they go.
Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020)
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
September to August
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Core modules develop key chemical engineering skills for those who are new to the subject and further enhance the understanding of chemical engineering graduates. You are offered options in Process Management, Emerging Energy and Sustainability, Advanced Materials Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation and Process Safety and Hazards. Dissertation stretches from S1, S2 and over the summer.

Part time (PT) students, will follow a similar programme over 2 years.

  • Multiphase fluid flow
    This module will equip you with the principles, mathematical equations and problem-solving approaches for the transport of multiphase fluids in chemical engineering practices, with a focus on applications such as; packed columns for gas absorption; bubble columns, and bubble motion in fluidised beds; and gas-oil-water flow through porous media.
  • Safety, health and environment
    The module will provide you with the knowledge of: what safety and environmental management are; the major hazards for chemical engineering industry to on-site personnel, and to the surrounding and wider environment; and the skills to apply a range of management techniques to enable safe operation of sites where chemical and process engineering operate.
  • Process modelling and simulation
    This module introduces rigorous approaches to the application of physical laws to formulate dynamic models and their analysis using linear and nonlinear mathematical methods. It also explores advanced techniques and widely used industry-standard modelling and simulation software and design methodologies.
  • Advanced reaction engineering
    It provides you with a deep understanding of the principles of reactor design and of the reasons underlying the selection of reactor type to meet particular sets of process conditions, as well as accounting for safety and sustainability considerations.
  • Dissertation
    This year-long module is the heart of the course where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate, integrate and apply your knowledge of chemical engineering to conduct a research project under the supervision of an expert academic. You will be part of a research team and carry out an experimental, design or simulation work, obtain and analyse your results, and communicate them with means of reports and oral presentations.

Optional modules

  • Process management
    It introduces the principles of management and the role they play in process design and optimisation. The module also highlights the role of ethics, sustainability and life cycle considerations in the design of processes.
  • Emerging energy and sustainability
    The module equips you with the knowledge of: emerging field of renewable power and fuel generation; various clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, wave/tidal, nuclear power, geo- and solar thermal technologies and biofuels. You will be taught the concept of energy density and its relationship to various technologies of energy storage such as hydrogen storage, batteries and capacitors.
  • Advanced materials engineering
    Through this module you learn the importance of material engineering in the process industry for improving performance, efficiency, sustainability and profitability. It describes, through a broad range of industrial case studies, how engineers develop, synthesise and analyse materials to create a range of products with distinct material properties used in industry.
  • Process safety and hazards
    This module provides you with the knowledge of process safety hazards in the process industries. You develop an understanding of how to identify hazards, and quantify and minimise the associated risks. You will also be equipped with the skills for critically evaluating (existing and new) ideas, designs and procedures from a process safety perspective.
  • Process control and instrumentation
    The module provides you an overview of the control strategies widely used in the process industry, skills to use industry-standard process control software in the design and analysis of control systems. You also study control strategies for complex systems gain skills enabling you to design and implementation control systems for a wide range of industrial processes.

Employability

The principles and skills conveyed by the course will help students develop critical thinking and independent inquiry aptitudes which will enable them to be independent and competent practitioners in their professional life.

The contents of the module will help graduates find employment in the chemical engineering industry, oil and gas industry, energy sector, engineering design, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals industry.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The division has a wide range of links through the A2i projects where SME work in consultation with the division, large multi-nationals such as Bosch, local companies that include site visits to Thames Water and working with Sellafield.

Teaching and learning

The teaching team in the Division of Chemical and Energy Engineering are experienced and enthusiastic about their teaching and research. We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in chemical engineering, energy engineering, and materials engineering, some with industrial experience.

All modules are taught through a combination of three or more of lectures, tutorials, computer workshop, laboratory practical, seminars and group work which deliver the intended knowledge and understanding, and intellectual/practical/transferrable skills.

You will be encouraged to attend the seminars/events such as those organised externally by IChemE and research seminars at LSBU. Invited guest lectures from industry will deliver presentations at LSBU on relevant and current topics.

All modules apart from Dissertation are assessed through both examination and individual/group coursework, most with the weightings of 60% examination and 40% coursework.

The dissertation is based on 100% coursework where a series of report submission, presentations and viva are parts of the assessment.

Your personal tutor is assigned during the first few weeks of starting the course when the details of all students on the course are clear. Your personal tutor will be your first point of contact should you have any question about the course, academic regulations and the university facilities to support your studies.

Staff

Entry requirements

The MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering offers a specialisation route for chemical engineering graduates, or a conversion route for non-chemical engineering graduates.

The standard requirement for admission will be a 2.2 or higher first degree in engineering or a physical science from a UK university, or equivalent degree from overseas. Entrants from a science route must, by their degree or otherwise, be sufficiently prepared for the mathematical content of the course. Applicants must also meet the University's standard requirement for English, i.e. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580 or equivalent.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every Visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.

The CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-09.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
September to August
Start date
September
Application code
5584
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

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Finance

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Enrolment

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Fees and funding

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Full-time

MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9880International fee: £14900
AOS/LSBU code: 5584Session code: 1FS00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

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