Take on the challenge of creating a more sustainable society by learning how to develop and manage more 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 major priority for process industries that rely on materials and energy. Our course focuses on addressing this challenge by 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:

  • minimizing resource consumption and waste generation
  • recovering, valorizing and re-using waste within a process or between different processes

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.

Case studies, design projects, and research give you a balanced mix of theory and practice. They also help you develop your problem solving and decision-making skills. You’ll work in teams on real and open-ended sustainability problems. These challenge you to resolve complex, multi-dimensional problems, working with a range of stakeholders, using new approaches and ways of thinking to agree on a solution.


Based in our Department of Chemical Engineering, you’ll benefit from our links to industry. There are 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 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.

We encourage our top performing students to continue their studies with us on a Ph.D. programme or join one of our EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in October 2018 and ends in 2019. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

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 1: environmental aspects
  • Whole systems analysis 2: social, economic and policy aspects
  • Resource conservation: waste minimization, recovery, and valorization
  • Resource conservation: the bioeconomy

Semester 2

  • Resource conservation: advanced processing for research efficiency
  • Resource conservation: industrial water supply systems
  • Project phase 1
  • 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

Case study

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Entry requirements

British Qualifications

  • You should have a bachelor’s honors 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.

For international students, please contact the school for more information.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Immigration requirements

This MSc degree is covered by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Unless you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national you will need an ATAS Certificate to join this course. Find out more about applying for an ATAS certificate.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 20, 2019
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