MSc Sustainable Chemical Engineering


Program Description

Take on the challenge of creating a more sustainable society by learning how to develop and manage resource-efficient chemical engineering processes.

Our course is for engineers and scientists who want to play a leading role in innovating, designing and managing sustainable processes and systems. Improving resource efficiency is a priority for process industries that rely on materials and energy. We focus on giving you the tools to find sustainable ways to do more or better with less.

Building on your first degree, you'll develop more in-depth knowledge and transferable skills in chemical engineering. You'll learn how to use material and energy resources more efficiently by:

  • minimising resource consumption and waste generation
  • recovering, valorising and re-using waste within a process

You’ll learn how to apply whole-systems and life-cycle approaches to evaluate the impact of industrial activities on the environment and society. This ‘big-picture thinking’ gives you a deeper understanding and wider knowledge to move beyond traditional approaches to process engineering.


Based on our Department of Chemical Engineering, you’ll have opportunities to hear from industrial and academic speakers at regular events in the Department. You’ll learn from academics with expertise in chemical engineering and sustainable technologies. Their international collaborations and research feed into teaching and contribute to your learning experience.


Our Department’s personal tutors and project supervisors support your academic progress and general welfare throughout the degree. You’ll have access to our teaching and computing facilities. Depending on your individual project topic, you could use our laboratory facilities that range from bench scale to pilot scale.


Our course prepares you for a career in academia or industry. You could work in traditional industries such as chemicals, pharma, food or beverages. Or, you could choose to work in the green sector, in areas such as renewable fuels or resource and waste management.

Some of our graduates choose to further their studies with us in one of our PhD programmes.

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Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Concepts in sustainability and resource conservation
  • Whole systems analysis: social, economic and policy aspects
  • Resource conservation: waste minimisation, recovery and valorisation
  • Resource conservation: the bioeconomy
  • Industrial and urban water supply
  • Project unit 1: scoping and planning

Semester 2

  • Project unit 1: scoping and planning (continued from semester 1)
  • Whole systems analysis: environmental aspects
  • Resource conservation: advanced processing for resource efficiency
  • Engineering project management
  • Conceptual design group activity


  • Project phase 2 (dissertation)

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral assessment
  • Written examination
  • Other

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"Ultimately, the next 20 or 30 years are absolutely key. We have to transition to a more sustainable future."

Professor Chris Chuck
Professor of Bioprocess Engineering (2019)

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a high 2:2 or above.
  • To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in biochemical engineering, chemical engineering or environmental engineering. We will also consider other relevant engineering and science disciplines.
  • If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.
  • We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Last updated Apr 2020

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