Chemical engineering is dynamic and evolving, and today extends far beyond its roots in oil and gas processing. It provides solutions to problems facing many manufacturing sectors, such as food, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, biotechnology, energy and fast-moving consumer goods.
Our Advanced Chemical Engineering Masters programme focuses on advanced chemical engineering topics that inform the modern process engineering industry. Our three major research areas – formulation engineering, energy, and healthcare technology – guide the programme.
We explore concepts and processes that are applicable to multiple sectors, such as food, fuel, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and chemical industries. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers.
Our core modules will give you an advanced understanding of advanced chemical engineering principles and concepts relevant to multiple application areas. The wide range of optional modules will allow you to develop expertise in specialist areas. We also offer pathways in bioprocessing, energy, formulation or healthcare technology that allow you to focus on a specific area, giving you a degree with a more specialised title.
The research project (MSc only) will allow you to undertake independent research with world-leading research teams within the school. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers in many sectors.
Why study Advanced Chemical Engineering Masters at Birmingham?
In this course, we consider the important aspects of chemical engineering in the 21st century that address the issues of the design and development of key formulated products that will increase process efficiency, enable healthy lifestyles and allow clean use of energy. Such products include formulated foods, fuel cells, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Our themed optional modules enable you to specialise in areas of chemical and process engineering that interest you; from the production and formulation of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products, formulation of structured food products, generation of bioproducts, clean energy including hydrogen fuel cells and thermal energy storage, and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.
Teaching is led by our world-leading research in chemical engineering, and during the research project students work within research groups on an original research project.
Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. With over 35,000 students and 7,000 staff, today we are one of the world’s leading universities. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives – a tradition that this programme proudly continues.
Explore important aspects of modern chemical engineering, addressing the design and development of key formulated products, energy systems, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare technologies.
Specialise in areas that interest you, from the formulation of structured food products to efficient energy systems, and the development of healthcare technologies, to the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.
Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments.
The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Accredited degreeThis Masters degree is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
The value of accreditationIChemE accreditation provides benchmarking of academic programmes against high, internationally recognised standards. This is increasingly important as the globalisation of engineering products and services demand greater confidence by employers in the skills and professionalism of the engineers they recruit.
"There is an unprecedented growth in the demand for formulated products such as fuel cell technology, pharmaceuticals and foods that require the application of cutting-edge science and engineering to meet the quality assurance and sustainability standards that are expected by legislation and consumers."
Professor Mike Adams, Unilever, Professor of Product Engineering and Manufacture
As well as this Advanced Chemical Engineering programme, there are also four pathways offering specialisation:
Advanced Chemical Engineering with Bioprocessing
Advanced Chemical Engineering with Energy
Advanced Chemical Engineering with Formulation
Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology
The MSc programme is a one-year full-time course or can be taken part-time over two or more years. Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 and 2. The programme starts with an introductory 10-credit module to introduce material that will be encountered in the programme. Depending upon your academic background, you will begin by studying the fundamental principles of either chemical engineering or the relevant biological science.
This is followed by 50 credits of multidisciplinary core modules that cover advanced concepts in chemical engineering that are relevant to multiple sectors. The properties of colloidal systems, commonplace in formulated products such as food, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. The use of biological systems for the production of novel products is also covered.
The core modules are followed by optional modules in multiple diverse areas, reflecting the expertise of the school. The programme is designed to allow you to customise your learning experience and topics studied, to reflect your interests and next destination. The Advanced Chemical Engineering programme allows the most diversity, with students choosing 60 credits of optional modules from multiple themes.
These enable you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics that are the subject of current research within the school, such as bioprocessing, energy, engineering business, food processing, healthcare technology, pharmaceuticals, fuel cells, food and pharmaceutical product development. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered.
You will have the freedom to pick and choose modules from each theme (providing timetabling allows for this). Some modules advertised currently may be subject to change, either in terms of the module content as stated below, or in terms of if the module will be available for this programme (due to staff changes, timetable changes, etc).
Finally, in the summer, Masters students undertake an original research project, working closely with a research group within the school. This allows you to consolidate your knowledge in a practical setting and develop practical research expertise. This brings the total credits for the MSc to 180.
Tuition fees for UK students 2021/22
Tuition fees for International students 2021/22
How To Apply
International applicants requiring visasApplications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close July 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.
International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.
UK and non-Tier 4 applicantsApplications will close in mid-September 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.