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Chemical Process Engineering MSc

Process engineering often involves close collaboration between engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines. This MSc is specifically designed to facilitate this collaboration.

Important Adjustment:

In response to changing demands from our applicants and students, for 2021/22 we have suspended the Design Route on this programme. The two other routes, Advanced Chemical Engineering Route (accredited by the IChemE at F-Standard) and the Research Route, will continue to be offered.

This programme provides graduates from a variety of engineering and science disciplines with the advanced training necessary to enter the chemical or biochemical industries.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Course information

The programme offers two routes with different compulsory and optional modules. Module information is available via pdf in the drop-down sections below.

The routes are:

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Route (accredited by the IChemE at F-Standard)
  • Research Route

Students are free to select the route that best aligns with their interests and goals. However, each route has been designed for a specific class of students.

The first route is intended, and strongly recommended, for students with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering accredited by the IChemE at B-Standard who wish to become chartered.

The second route is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering not accredited by the IChemE or without an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering who do not wish to become chartered.

Route selection takes place after programme induction (not during the application stage). In selecting routes and optional modules, students will be guided by the programme director and academic staff members.

Advanced Chemical Engineering Route

The Advanced Chemical Engineering Route comprises 180 UCL credits and is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers at F-Standard, which, combined with an IChemE accredited qualification at B-Standard, meets in full the academic requirements for Chartered Chemical Engineer (see further information on the IChemE website). 

Each student takes a total of nine modules, which comprise a major research project (60 credits) and eight taught modules (120 credits). The research project module and three taught modules are compulsory; the remaining five taught modules are electives.

Project (60 credits)

Taught modules (15 credits each)

Chemical Engineering - Compulsory modules
Chemical Engineering - Optional depth modules (Select at least two modules from the list below)
Chemical Engineering - Optional breadth modules (Select at least two modules from the list below)
Non-chemical Engineering - Optional modules (Select maximum one module from the list below)

DISCLAIMER: ALL MODULES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. IN ADDITION, DUE TO TIMETABLE CLASHES, NOT ALL MODULE COMBINATIONS MAY BE POSSIBLE.

Research Route

The Research Route comprises 180 UCL credits and is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering not accredited by the IChemE or a degree in a cognate discipline, such as Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Each student takes a total of nine modules, which comprise a major research project (60 credits) and eight taught modules (120 credits). The research project module and two taught modules are compulsory; the remaining six taught modules are electives.

Project (60 credits)

Taught modules (15 credits each)

Chemical Engineering - Compulsory modules

Chemical Engineering - Optional modules (Select at least four modules from the list below)

Non-chemical Engineering - Optional modules (Select maximum two modules from the list below)

(*) Among these three modules (Mastering Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, and Project Management for Engineers), only can be selected.

DISCLAIMER: ALL MODULES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. IN ADDITION, DUE TO TIMETABLE CLASHES, NOT ALL MODULE COMBINATIONS MAY BE POSSIBLE.

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