Advanced Chemical Engineering, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree

Start dates
January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025

About this program

Advanced Chemical Engineering, MSc

A flexible, industry-focused programme, delivering advanced skills in chemical and process engineering for multiple industry sectors, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and environmental science.

Chemical engineering involves changing the chemical state of substances to create many of the products we use today in everyday life, including, for example, petroleum, plastics, and synthetic fibres. Chemical engineers, therefore, work in a wide variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, renewable energy and environmental protection.

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is designed specifically for chemical engineering graduates, or graduates of related disciplines, who are looking to advance their specialist knowledge and skills and gain a higher qualification in the field of chemical and process engineering.

You will study the essential areas of chemical engineering in great detail, including Separation & Product Purification and Air & Water Pollution Control and learn about Catalyst & Reactor Design, and Process Design, Layout & Materials. In addition, you will choose further optional courses based on your career interests in subjects such as Clean Energy, Process Safety, Management and Human Factors Engineering.

The programme culminates in an Individual Research Project, which you will undertake on an agreed topic.

The School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen is known as a centre of excellence in Chemical engineering research, in areas including carbon capture, biofuel, energy storage and pharmaceutical manufacturing. We also have excellent industry links, with national and international chemical, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas companies such as Scottish Water, GSK, Halliburton and Shell.

Admission requirements

  • 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree, or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth in Chemical Engineering or other related engineering discipline.
  • Those with a High 2:2 Honours degree in Engineering may also be considered if they can demonstrate 2+ years of relevant experience.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Separation and Product Purification
  • Air and Water Pollution Control

Optional Courses

Plus two from:

  • Safety & Risk Management
  • Upstream Oil and Gas Processing
  • Loss of Containment
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Catalyst and Reactor Design
  • Process Design, Layout & materials

Optional Courses

Plus two from:

  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Applied Risk Analysis and Management
  • Process Plan Equipement and Operations
  • Mathematical Optimisations

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Individual Project


  • EU / International Students: £23,500
  • Home / RUK: £9,200

Career paths

Graduates of this programme will find employment opportunities in research and development as well as in industrial fields including oil and gas processing, petrochemicals, fine chemicals and beverages, clean energy, environmental waste management, materials, agrochemicals, process safety, consultancy, and many technical areas.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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Contact info

University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK


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