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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

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£11,090 (FT) £5,725 (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £11,670 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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.

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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Degree Information

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.

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

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
  • Plus one from the following:
  • 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Chemical Process Engineering MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances. (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on 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 here.

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 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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 21 staff › 45 taught students › 70 research students

Department: Chemical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

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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