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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering

Undertake advanced study in chemical engineering and enhance your knowledge of basic sciences, mathematics and computing.

Undertake advanced study in chemical engineering and enhance your knowledge of basic sciences, mathematics and computing

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree

Build your engineering expertise on a 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 in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, life sciences or biomedical sciences

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Course overview

Undertake advanced study in chemical engineering on this one-year Master's course.

This varied programme will also broaden your understanding of basic sciences, mathematics and computing techniques.

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

This general stream allows you more choice in what you modules you study, allowing you to focus on your areas of interest.

When you graduate, you'll be able to apply the concepts of sustainability, waste minimisation, clean technology and green chemistry to quantify the environmental impact of selected chemical engineering operations and design optimal strategies for pollution abatement.

You'll learn through a mixture of taught modules and a research project. Your project can be carried out at Imperial, within industry or at an approved institution.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers four courses, with the opportunity to take a broad view 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 will 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.

Optional modules (Level 7)

Optional modules (Level 6)

Business School (Level 6)

You’ll join one of the Department's research groups, focused on at least one of our research themes, to carry out an independent research project.

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 poster presentation and literature review.


Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

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  • 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.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


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.

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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Chemical engineering, 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