Process Systems Engineering MSc deals with the design, operation, optimisation and control of all kinds of chemical, physical, and biological processes through the use of systematic computer-aided approaches. The course equips graduates and practising engineers with the technical knowledge and skills to solve major engineering challenges at process design, operation, and control stages. It also focuses on the development of concepts, methodologies and models both performance prediction of the engineered system to support the investment decision-making process. As a result, Cranfield graduates are some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment.

Course structure

The taught programme for the MSc in Process Systems Engineering is delivered from October to February and is comprised of six compulsory taught modules and two elective modules to select from a choice of three. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the Course Director.

Example modules

There are six compulsory taught modules and two elective modules to select from a choice of three:


  • Process Plant Operations,
  • Thermal Systems Operation and Design,
  • Process Design and Simulation,
  • Advanced Control Systems,
  • Risk and Reliability Engineering,
  • Management for Technology.


  • Biofuels and Biorefining Processes,
  • Process Measurement Systems,
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industrial Processes.

Individual project

The individual research project allows you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is so closely related to industry, it is common for our industrial partners to put forward real practical problems or areas of development as potential research topics. The individual research project component takes place between April and August.

Group project

The Group Project, which runs between February and April, enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. The group project is usually sponsored by industrial partners who provide particular problems linked to their plant operations. Projects generally require the group to provide a solution to the operational problem. Potential future employers value this experience. This group project is shared across the MSc in Process Systems Engineering and other courses, giving the added benefit of gaining new insights, ways of thinking, experience and skills from students with other backgrounds.

Future career

There is considerable demand for process engineering specialists with in-depth technical knowledge and practical skills. The industry-led education makes our graduates some of the most desirable for recruitment in this sector. Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as: Engineering consultants, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Teaching Associate, PhD Researcher, Subsea Engineer, Senior Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Process Engineer, Layout and Material Flow Engineer, Process Project Engineer, Project & Continuous Improvement Engineer, Senior System Engineer, Lead Storage Engineer.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant subject or an equivalent international qualification or relevant work experience. Alternatively, you may be eligible for our Pre-Master’s Engineering programme.

ATAS Certificate

Students requiring a visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1 - 3 years
20,500 GBP
Overseas - Home/EU: £10,250
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