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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering with Materials Engineering

Gain the confidence to design and develop selected pharmaceutical processes using process analytical tools

Gain the confidence to design and develop selected pharmaceutical processes using process analytical tools

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree

Explore an aspect of materials engineering in depth on an extended research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £17,600 Home

    • £40,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 degree in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, life sciences or biomedical sciences

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Course overview

Develop your understanding of modelling, product characterisation and the optimisation of materials on this Master's course.

Studying this course prepares you with a strong foundation of chemical engineering fundamentals and the ability to apply these to industry.

In the Materials Engineering course, you'll learm to apply the manufacture and synthesis of pharmaceutical products to design and develop selected pharmaceutical processes using relevant process analytical tools.

When you graduate, you'll be able to analyse, evaluate and characterise a wide range of chemical engineering products and systems. This includes colloids and surfactants, applying a range of analytical and experimental techniques.

You'll learn how to analyse and characterise different chemical engineering products and systems through a range of analytical and experimental techniques.

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, guest lectures and presentations before applying your specialist knowledge to an extended research project.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers four advanced courses, with the opportunity to take a general overview or specialise in areas of chemical engineering in more depth.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll study all of these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose a range of optional modules. This includes the opportunity to study one business module. 

Some optional modules are Level 6 or Level 7. 

You’ll be guided on how many Level 7 modules you should complete during this year. The typical requirement is four. 

Optional modules (Level 7)

Optional modules (Level 6)

Business School (Level 6)

You’ll also complete a research project, examining a topic from a list of areas relevant to materials engineering.

These are normally conducted at Imperial, but can be taken in industry or at an approved institution. 

Your thesis forms the majority of the assessment for the research project (80%), with 10% each awarded for a presentation and literature review.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Accreditation aims to raise standards and foster good practice. Accreditation helps provide a pathway to qualify as a Chartered Chemical Engineer (MIChemE) and registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Engineering Council.

Accreditation for this course is due for renewal in late 2024.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Presentations
  • Guest lectures
  • Lab work
  • Flipped teaching
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A group of people interacting
    Team-based activities
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study
  • Skills workshops

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Practical

  • 45% Coursework
  • 40% Exams
  • 15% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Practical
  • Person completing coursework
    In-class tests
  • Papers from a written report
    Individual and group reports
  • Presentations

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply now

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 3 closes on Friday 24 May 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in chemical engineering or similar fields.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Banking, finance, civil service and government are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths include consulting, data science, energy, financial services, IT, and technology.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications