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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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT)
£25,130 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Disclaimer: modules are subject to availability. Due to timetable clashes, not all module combinations are possible.

Each student takes a total of seven modules, comprising a project (90 credits) and six optional modules (90 credits). 

Of these six modules, a minimum of four must be selected from 'Optional modules 1' (minimum 60 credits in total). Students may select a maximum of two from 'Optional modules 2' (maximum 30 credits in total). 

Optional modules 1 (15 credits each)

Students must select a minimum of four modules from the list below (minimum 60 credits). 

Those modules marked with an asterisk (*) are strongly recommended for students without a chemical engineering first degree. 

The module marked with a double asterisk (**) is strongly recommended for students with an accredited chemical engineering first degree. 

  • Advanced Process Engineering
  • Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention*
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering*
  • Electrochemical Engineering and Power Sources
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Fluid-Particle Systems
  • Molecular Thermodynamics
  • Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering
  • Process Systems Modelling and Design** (students taking this module must have passed the equivalent of Process Dynamics and Control in their first degree)
  • Process Dynamics & Control*
  • Separation Processes*
  • Transport Phenomena*

Optional modules 2 (15 credits each)

Students select a maximum of two modules from the list below (maximum 30 credits).

The modules Mastering Entrepreneurship and Project Management cannot be taken together. 

  • Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment

Research project/design project

All MSc students undertake either a Research Project (90 credits) or an Advanced Design Project (90 credits) that culminates in a project report and oral examination. Students who have already passed a Design Project module in their first degree cannot select the Advanced Design Project module.

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 information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Chemical Process Engineering MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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 everyday 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 frontline, addressing present environmental issues such as climate change.

Typical destinations of recent graduates include: Amec Process and Energy, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, National Grid, Health & Safety Executive. Career profiles of some of our recent MSc graduates are available on our website.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Project Engineer, Global Energy
  • Process Engineer, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Process Engineer, Petrofac
  • Project Control Administrator, Mott MacDonald
  • Project Engineer, Kinetics Process Systems Pte Ltd


Students gain in-depth knowledge of core chemical engineering subjects and of the advanced use of computers in process design, operation and management. They receive thorough training in hazard identification, quantification and mitigation, as well as in risk management and loss prevention, and also learn how to design advanced energy systems, with emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Students learn how to make decisions under uncertain scenarios and with limited available data and receive training on how to plan, conduct and manage a complex (design or research) project.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Chemical Engineering, situated in the heart of London, is one of the top-rated departments in the UK, being 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 Master's Level. This recognition will fulfil an important academic qualification for MSc graduates with suitable first degrees in eventually becoming Corporate Members of IChemE.


The programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as meeting IChemE's requirements for Further Learning to Master's Level.

Department: Chemical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 34 staff including 47 postdocs › 45 taught students › 95 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"At UCL students can expect independence, attractive laboratory spaces and academic freedom with a long-term perspective. "

Stefan Guldin

Chemical Process Engineering MSc
UCL Chemical Engineering
Alumni view

"I wanted to continue my study and enhance my chemical knowledge with a postgraduate programme in Chemical Engineering in a top-class university."

Xuyang Zhang

Chemical Process Engineering MSc (2014)
UCL Chemical Engineering

Application and next steps


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 multidisciplinary 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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