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Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Chemical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

his industry focused programme offers you advanced skills in chemical process and engineering to apply to multiple sectors. Chemical engineers design a wide range of materials and products which are in use in our daily lives. They work across industries such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, renewable energy, environmental protection, plastic products, textiles, fine chemicals, waste, agrochemicals and many more. Many of these industries are now using the latest advances in Industry 4.0 to provide new tools and innovations to take these industries forward, combat climate change, and enable chemical sensing to evaluate risks. This programme offers you the main ingredients to work across these industries, and the analytical and practical knowledge you develop will be relevant globally.

  • Engineering is ranked 7th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (CUG 2020)
  • General Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • The University has a long track record of achievement in chemistry. It won two Nobel Prizes for Chemistry, the first of which was the development of radioactivity and isotopes (Professor Soddy, 1921).
  • The second innovation was the invention of partition chromatography (R. Synge, 1952). Other notable inventions include the development of colour photography (James Clerk Maxwell, 1861).

Courses can include a mix of compulsory and optional modules in: Separation and Product Purification, Air and Water Pollution Control; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Upstream Oil and Gas Processing; Process Risk Identification and Management; Loss of Containment; Catalyst and Reactor Design; Process Design; Layout and Materials; Process Plant Equipment and Operations; Mathematical Optimisation; Applied Risk Analysis and Management; Human Factors Engineering and your project.

There are a mix of career opportunities open to you within global industry areas which include: oil and gas processing; careers in the petrochemicals industry, fine chemicals, engineering in the drinks industry, clean energy production, waste management, product materials, agrochemicals, process safety, consultancy, research and innovation, technical areas and starting your own business. You study in the School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering provides a range of knowledge transfer partnerships to support work placements and solve challenges in industry. It offers opportunities in innovation. commercialisation, proof of concept, and spin-out companies. Research and innovation enhance teaching. The latest centre is the National Decommissioning Centre which has been established to solve environmental challenges. Researchers understand how to assess risk, the economics of engineering applications and more. You enjoy state-of art workshop facilities. Whilst you study you are welcome to attend events and seminars in the School of Engineering, the wider university and the many networking events within Aberdeen, the ‘energy’ city.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, it is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” to provide progressive, innovative research and lecturing. Many subjects continue to progress societal and economic innovations to this day. It attracts international academics and research staff.

Aberdeen city is well known world energy hub. There are over 900 energy companies in the city, 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies. The city is compact, and a visual feast of architecture and history. Aberdeen offers you retail, cosmopolitan food to suit all diets, culture, nightlife, sports, outdoor pursuits, a beach, walking and cycling to Royal Deeside, travel connections to the Highlands, UK and Europe.

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 Honours Degree (UK) or 2:2 Honours Degree in Engineering plus 2 years relevant experience