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Chemical Engineering, MSc

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Chemical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary


The MSc in Chemical Engineering provides an advanced and systematic understanding of the field, equipping you with the required awareness and insight to become a credible chemical engineer.

Our course is founded upon a wide body of respected research, from specific areas of advanced chemical engineering to complex workplace regulations.

Your research project gives an opportunity to collaborate with expert academic staff specialised in a certain research areas, and may also involve collaboration with industry.


Graduates of the MSc Chemical Engineering degree at Swansea are strongly positioned for stimulating and rewarding opportunities. Your future could lie in any of the following roles.

  • Chemical engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Petroleum engineer
  • Product/process development scientist
  • Mining engineer
  • Technical plant manager

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.


This module aims to take MSc students, who arrive with a variety of backgrounds, and carry out an advanced, in-depth design of a novel manufacturing process. The course will be composed of lectures and independent project work, and will start in Semester 1 by developing the necessary background skills for process design and process synthesis, to then focus on more specific topics that deal with the use programming tools to support decision-making. Taught topics include: mass and energy balances, ASPEN simulations (both static and dynamic), costing, life cycle analysis, market analysis etc. In parallel with the taught aspects, students will be expected to start researching into an appropriate compound for manufacture. The project itself requires the students to develop an innovative design for a plant to make a molecule for which no large scale production facility exists. The molecules to be produced need to be selected on the following characteristics: they should not be manufactured on a large capacity production facility (there may however be small scale production) and an outline of a manufacturing process including basic chemistry exists somewhere. The project will require the students to make choices and judgments on: the production capacity, time of operation, raw materials to use, production process, and benefit of the molecule to the company (i.e. economic, extending the knowledge base etc). As design is essentially a team exercise working well as a team is critical to successfully completing this project.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the MSc Chemical Engineering is a first or a second class honours degree in Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline. Desirable criteria includes prior experience of Chemical Engineering Design projects.

University information

Ideally located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to impressive beaches along the Gower Peninsula as well as a buzzing city centre. Since its inception in 1920, Swansea University has been at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Swansea continues this legacy today, receiving a wide range of accolades and awards each year. The university is thrilled to be included in the top 25 for...more

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