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Contact details

Professor Haroun Mahgerefteh

Email: h.mahgerefteh@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3835

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Chemical Engineering

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Chemical Process Engineering MSc

Process engineering often involves close collaboration between engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines. The Chemical Process Engineering MSc at UCL is specifically designed to facilitate this collaboration, and provides graduates from a variety of engineering and science disciplines with the advanced training necessary to enter the chemical or biochemical industries.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme covers core chemical engineering subjects alongside a wide range of options. Students choose either a research or an advanced design project. The advanced design project option is aimed at students who have not undertaken a design project during their undergraduate degree and eventually seek to become Chartered Engineers.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Chemical Engineering, situated in the heart of London, is one of the top-rated departments in the UK in both research and teaching. It is internationally renowned for its outstanding research.

The programme is the first of its kind in the UK and is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting IChemE's requirements for Further Learning to Masters Level. This recognition will fulfil an important academic qualification for MSc graduates with suitable first degrees in eventually becoming Corporate Members of IChemE.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a project (90 credits).

Compulsory Modules

  • Fluid Particle Systems
  • Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability

  • Either Research Project or Advanced Design Project

Optional Modules

  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Advanced Process Engineering
  • Transport Processes
  • Advanced Process Modelling
  • Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
  • Environmental Systems
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • With not more than one from:
  • Law for Managers
  • Project Management
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship


All MSc students undertake either a research project or an advanced design project, which culminates in a project report and oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and individual and group activities. Invited lectures delivered by industrialists provide a professional and social context. Assessment is through written papers, coursework, a report on the research or design project and an oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates in disciplines such as chemical engineering, material science and chemistry and its allied fields. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme coupled with extensive industrial input and the emphasis on safety and environmental issues has attracted outstanding students from many countries across the globe.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Chemical Process Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Chemical Process Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Upon completion, our graduates can expect to play a major role in developing the technologies that make available most of the things that we use in every day life and provide the expertise and technology to enhance our health and standard of living. These activities may involve the development of new materials, food processing, water treatment, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy resources as well as being at the front line to address present environmental issues such as climate change.

Typical destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Amec Process and Energy
  • Bechtel
  • British Petroleum
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Fluor Daniel
  • National Grid
  • Doosan Babcock
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Atkins
  • Aspentek Limited
Career profiles of some of our recent MSc graduates are available here.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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