MSc ProgrammesWe offer four full-time MSc Programmes in Advanced Chemical Engineering where students are given the opportunity to explore advanced topics in chemical engineering and to develop their research and professional skills.

Details of the MSc programmes

Applications

Academic requirement


Our minimum entry requirement is normally a UK First or high Upper Second Class Honours degree from a mainstream university or overseas equivalent. If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find these guidelines on College entry requirements useful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum. Our requirement is usually higher.

Language requirement


Non-native speakers of English will need to meet the College English requirement before they can register. Please note that if you would like to attend one of the College's pre-sessional language courses, we would expect you to fulfil the language requirement before you enrol on the pre-sessional course.

To apply online, please do so through the College website.

Applications for October 2017 entry will close on 31 May 2017. The application cycle for October 2018 entry will start in November 2017.

Funding opportunities and scholarships

Departmental MSc scholarships

The Department of Chemical Engineering will award 6 scholarships to outstanding MSc students 2017–18 of £6,000 each.

Statoil Scholarships

Image: Statoil The Department also has two full scholarships, funded by Statoil, available for outstanding MSc students.
The awards will cover full fees (regardless of fee status) and a tax-free contribution to maintenance. 

All successful applications to the MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering programme (including specialisations) at the time of the closing date will automatically be considered for these scholarships.

The closing date for the 2017/2018 MSc scholarships is 28 February 2017.

A searchable database of other scholarships and awards can be found on the College's postgraduate scholarship pages.

For more information on funding in general please see the Student Finance website.

Programme options

MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering (prospectus link)
This programme offers students a broad range of advanced technical courses and management courses. Students take 8 modules (including a core Advanced Process Design course, and with the opportunity to take one business module), follow the professional skills workshops and join one of the Department's research themes for a year-long research project. This programme is ideal for students wishing to develop a diversified knowledge base.
Programme specification

MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology (prospectus link)
This programme offers students an introduction to fundamental and emerging issues in biotechnology, while helping them to strengthen their understanding of chemical engineering. Students take 8 modules in total, composed of a core Advanced Process Design course, a minimum of 3 biotechnology modules, and 4 further elective modules (with the opportunity to take one business module). Additionally, students follow the professional skills workshops and join one of our research focus areas specialised in biological processes for a year-long research project. This programme is ideal for students interested in the interface between chemical engineering and the life sciences.
Programme specification

MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Process Systems Engineering (prospectus link)
This programme offers students a grounding in modelling, simulation and optimisation for the process industries, while helping them to strengthen their understanding of chemical engineering. Students take 8 modules in total, composed of one, core Advanced Process Design course, a minimum of 3 process systems engineering modules, and 4 further elective modules (including the opportunity to take one business module). Additionally, they follow the professional skills workshops and join the Process Systems Engineering research theme for a year-long research project. This programme is ideal for students wishing to become fluent in the use of techniques and tools for computer-aided decision-making. 
Programme specification

MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Structured Product Engineering (prospectus link)
This programme offers students an understanding of the physico-chemical phenomena that affect the behaviour of structured products, such as creams, pastes, etc. It also provides an introduction to experimental and modelling techniques that allow the study of such systems. Students take 8 modules in total, composed of one, core Advanced Process Design course, a minimum of 3 structured product engineering courses, and 4 further elective modules (including the opportunity to take one business module). Additionally, they follow the professional skills workshops and join the Polymer and Complex Materials research theme for a year-long research project. This programme is ideal for students interested in gaining a better view of the interplay between materials and processing.
Programme specification

Links with employers

Imperial College London works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Masters programmes which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements.

All Masters programmes are designed with employer needs in mind with some Masters programmes accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies. Most Masters programmes offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in industry.

Taught modules

Taught modules

 Please note that the taught modules and workshops vary from year to year; the lists below are indicative.

All students take 8 modules including a core module in Advanced Process Design and then a choice of modules from any of the lists below, in accordance with the requirements for their course. Students on specialist streams (Biotechnology, Structured Product Engineering, Process Systems Engineering) take the compulsory modules within the relevant area and no more than one module from the business list.

General modules:

Biotechnology modules:

Process Systems Engineering modules:

Structured Product Engineering modules:

Business modules:

Research project

Students join one of the department's research themes and an individual research project is carried out continuously from November. From June onwards, all student time is devoted to the research project. The  projects  are  normally  conducted  at  Imperial,  but  can  involve  an  industrial collaboration and/or an approved collaborative institution. Contributions  to  the  research  project  mark  are  10%  from  the  presentation,  10%  from  the  literature review  and  80%  from  the thesis.

Professional skills workshops

The following workshops are typically offered to MSc students:

  • Presentation skills
  • Technical report writing
  • Writing a literature review
  • Information retrieval
  • World of work
  • Personal organisation and effectiveness

Internal student survey

Students in Chemical Engineering participate in the College's internal postgraduate student online evaluation survey (SOLE) at the end of the autumn and the spring terms. For information on SOLE results, including the outcomes of previous evaluations, please see PG student surveys.