UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Programme of study

The programme consists of nine core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Natural Gas Processing (Term 1)
  • Geology for Global Managers and Engineers (Term 1)
  • Minerals Usage, Extraction and Processing (Term 1)
  • Prevention and Remediation of Environmental Contamination  (Term 2)
  • Earth Resources and Sustainability (Term 2)
  • Business Sustainability (Term 2)
  • Decision and Risk Analysis (Term 2)
  • Social Licensing (Australia)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake a dissertation of 6,000 words based on an individual research project, field trip and executive summary. They must also complete an oral examination of 20 minutes maximum.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, site visits, independent reading and research as well as online material. Some of the modules taught in London will be co-taught by experts at UniSA via remote teaching methods. Assessment is by examination, coursework, process design, oral presentation, online quizzing, reports and writing executive summaries, with some components involving group work.

Field trips and offsite visits

The programme has several off-site trips*, including a week-long geological field trip to Dorset, a visit to Finland’s new nuclear waste repository under construction at Olkiluoto, and several activities including a mine visit in and around the Adelaide area in South Australia.

*Correct as of November 2017. Field trip visits may change on a yearly basis. A minor financial contribution may be requested for non-compulsory study.