If you are thinking about applying for the MSc degree or taking any of its modules, please contact Hannah Taylor (hannah.taylor@imperial.ac.uk) in the first instance to provide advance notice of your interest, discuss choice and booking of modules and consider any special visa or English language requirements.

Having had this dicussion, applications to enter the programme and commence the Postgraduate Certificate should be made via the online application system. Before applying, please read how to apply to Imperial College London and the course page in the Postgraduate Prospectus. 

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the part-time MSc degree (PAIC) are as follows:

A first degree in an appropriate discipline such as BEng in chemical or electrical engineering, a BSc in physics, etc, at 2.2 Honours standard minimum. The first degree has to be recognised by Imperial as being equivalent to a UK first degree;
Employment in the chemical and/or process industry sector (embracing operating companies, contractors and suppliers) in some automation, instrumentation or control job function;
Sponsorship, either by employer or else by other private/public means;
A study visa for nationals from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Please refer to the College's visas and immigration guidance
A minimum score of 6.5 in the IELTS test is required for student’s whose mother tongue is not English. Please refer to the College's guidance on English language requirements

Applications can be considered from students who do not satisfy the above criteria, such as not having a BEng 2.2 Honours or equivalent, or whose UK equivalence is not recognised by Imperial. However, any such applicant must have a minimum of three years relevant 
industrial experience. All such applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Postgraduate programme fees

For up-to-date information on programme fees, please refer to the Postgraduate Fees and Funding page.

Competency standards

The competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of their programme of study in the Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition to these competence standards all students will be expected to meet the basic academic competence standards contained within the admissions policy for their programme of study. These competence standards apply to the following degree programmes:

  • H8PAC   Postgraduate Certificate Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control 
  • H8PAC   Postgraduate Diploma Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control
  • H8PA     MSc Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control 

Students seeking admission to Faculty of Engineering degrees are also advised to consult the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) which identifies key competences for the various levels of the Council’s registrants. This document provides insight into the expectations of the Engineering Council for practising professionals, post-graduation. 

It should be noted that the Faculty of Engineering believe in providing the widest practicable access to all degree programmes and appreciate that it is not possible to anticipate all circumstances. If it is possible to mitigate the impact of a disability by making a reasonable adjustment to procedures, e.g. by the use of an amanuensis or by the application of a specific technology, then every effort will be made to implement this with due consideration to ensuring fairness to all students and ensuring that all health and safety concerns are met.

Therefore, the inability to meet one of the below competency standards due to disability does not necessarily preclude entry to a given degree programme but rather constitutes the starting point for a dialogue between the potential applicant, the College’s disability officer and the Department.


Competence Standard

Subject specific knowledge and understanding

Ability to perceive, comprehend, synthesise, retain and apply information presented orally and in writing from a range of contexts including large-group, small-group and individual teaching, as well as eLearning, seminars and practical work.

Ability to undertake guided independent learning.

Ability to use acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to solve unseen engineering problems.

Ability to follow general laboratory, workshop and/or fieldwork safety guidance and precautions.

Acceptance of the general principles and practices of engineering professional codes of conduct.

Ability to understand the wider context of the engineering discipline, its practical applications, societal impact and limitations.

Intellectual skills

Psychological ability to cope with full-time study in a city environment

Excellent arithmetic ability

Ability to prepare, process, and interpret data and/or observations using appropriate techniques.

Ability to form logical, reasonable conclusions and make sound recommendations based on available data and/or observations.

Ability to obtain necessary data from scientific and technical documents, reports, and other reference materials

Ability to undertake work with a high level of initiative and commitment to the task in hand

Practical skills

Physical and manual dexterity to precisely perform precise practical procedures.

Ability to observe, undertake the measurement of, accurately record and manipulate data and/or observations in a laboratory, workshop and/or fieldwork environment using appropriate equipment (following appropriate training).

Ability to use appropriate equipment competently and safely (following appropriate training).

Ability to use chemicals and other consumables competently and safely (following appropriate training).

Ability to produce sketches to communicate ideas and concepts.

Ability to prepare technical drawings by hand (following appropriate training).

Ability to use computer systems to access learning resources, receive communications regarding the degree programme, undertake assessments and submit assignments.

Ability to use appropriate engineering software packages as an aid to research, analysis, problem solving and presentation.

Ability to write code to produce computer programs to aid in solving engineering problems (following appropriate training)

Ability to use symbolic and numerical mathematical software as part of practical computation (following appropriate training)

Transferrable skills

Ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, clearly and effectively.

Ability to present ideas, key facts, problem solutions and results effectively, both orally and in writing, in a variety of settings including group/team work.

Ability to work as part of a group/team in a range of roles, for the purposes of research, collective problem solving, development of ideas, production of objects and/or communication of results/findings. Ability to recognise and respect the contributions of other team members to promote successful team work.   

Transferrable skills

Ability to write group/team or individual written technical reports to a professional standard.

Ability to respond to written material critically, effectively and efficiently.

Ability to present written technical reports to others and to make oral presentations that are reasoned, logical and time-limited, to a variety of audiences.