MSc Chemical Engineering


Program Description

The MSc Chemical Engineering course provides the additional training companies now expect from the next generation of chemical engineers, producing highly competent graduates with the potential to be future leaders of industry.

You will gain skills in advanced engineering practice, which includes design, operations, problem-solving and practical elements. The advanced practice is centred on themes in sustainable process engineering and energy solutions.

You will gain significant experience in areas such as chemical and petroleum processing, energy efficiency, carbon capture and water treatment.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and is designed to meet the UK-SPEC requirements of the IChemE for those students who already hold a BEng, BSc or non-accredited chemical engineering degree and wish to proceed to chartered status.

Key facts

  • Relevance to the industry is a strong feature of this course, with a high proportion of the teaching staff being chartered engineers and/or have relevant industrial experience, as well as ongoing research links to industry.
  • The department boasts extensive laboratory facilities and significant pilot plant and industrial scale chemical processing equipment.
  • Offering a unique combination of engineering and science skills, the department provides a strong and dynamic environment with close links between research and teaching.

Course details

The course follows a modular structure, with students completing 180 credits over a 12-month period. Students take 70 credits of core modules, 20 credits of optional modules, a 30-credit development project providing skills in advanced design practice, and a 60-credit summer project which develops skills in research.

The course utilises an integrated educational approach in which lectures, example classes, laboratories and information technology form key elements.

The MSc Chemical Engineering is taught on a full-time basis over one year, starting in late September.

Most applicants have an engineering first degree, and the most common include environmental or chemical engineering.


Core modules

  • Accelerated Design Training(year-long): 30 credits
  • Advanced Rheology and Materials(autumn): 10 credits
  • Process Synthesis and Design(autumn): 10 credits
  • Petroleum Engineering(autumn): 10 credits
  • Advanced Computational Methods(spring): 10 credits
  • Research Planning(spring): 10 credits
  • Multiphase Systems(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Reaction Engineering(spring): 10 credits
  • Research project(summer): 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Power Generation and Carbon Capture(autumn): 10 credits
  • Biochemical Engineering(autumn): 10 credits
  • Water Treatment(autumn): 10 credits
  • Process Risk-Benefit Analysis(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering(spring): 10 credits
  • Water Treatment Engineering(spring): 10 credits

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Chemical engineering at Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining the top jobs with major companies. This course equips students with a solid understanding of existing and emerging technologies, advanced design skills and strong skills in research, problem-solving and project management, now demanded by employers for the development of chemical processes and products.

Students completing this programme have found jobs in a range of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, food, environmental protection, nanotechnology, consultancy and management.

The programme also aims to provide a strong foundation for further study in PhD level and the pursuit of a career in research. The University has a portfolio of doctoral training centres funded by the UK Research Councils. These centres provide a cutting-edge doctoral study, combined with a supportive and exciting working environment, in a variety of research areas such a fossil energy, biotechnology and sustainable chemicals processing.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent) in an engineering related field
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Last updated Nov 2018

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