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Chemical Process Engineering and Safety MSc

2023-24 (also available for 2024-25)

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Start date

18 September 2023


1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

15 (subject to change)

About the course

Chemical engineering is a discipline that is of critical importance to the World economy. This postgraduate course in Chemical Process Engineering and Safety covers key areas that are relevant to chemical engineering in modern industrial settings including process integration, process control and safety, process design and computer-aided process engineering. The programme comprises four 30-credit taught modules and two 30-credit project modules with include a group Design Project and an individual Research. These complementary project modules will give a balanced and broad educational experience that will serve students well in their future employment.

Course detail

Process Operations

This module is designed to convey advanced concepts and tools related to unit operations and management operations. The module reviews design equations for selected unit operations and extends these to advanced considerations, in order to consolidate proficiency in design calculations. It introduces biofuels and extends fundamental chemical engineering concepts into these important vectors of renewable energy. Both of these themes are complemented by a practical lab component. The module then extends into management operations with emphases on team dynamics, systems thinking and independent, reflective learning

Process Automation and Safety Systems

This module provides knowledge and understanding of process control strategies and an engineering approach to process safety in chemical industry. The module will also explain the need for process control, explore applications and develop control strategies for multiple processes. This will include the study of controllers for the control of parameters in process plant unit operations, controller tuning strategies, methods for the testing of process plant control systems and additional control strategies.

Process Integration

This module aims to equip you with knowledge and critical understanding of the concept of process integration, and to provide you with the methods that are being used to implement these concepts in chemical processes. The module introduces the concepts of heat integration in the context of the onion model of process design, leading to energy targeting and design of maximum energy recovery heat exchanger networks. The concept of the composite curves is also introduced as part of heat integration and is further expanded and adapted in the context of water integration, leading to the design of maximum water reuse systems and minimum flowrate wastewater treatment networks. In addition, selected case studies of mass integration are critically analysed and applied in real-life examples.

Computer-Aided Process Engineering

In this module you will learn how to use a range of software packages relevant to chemical process engineering. The applications of these software packages will be illustrated through case studies and relevant underpinning theory. The proposed suite of packages will allow you to holistically manage a chemical plant, from the design, the optimization of its operation and the environmental impact assessment, in different levels of detail and complexity.

Process Design Project

This module aims to: give experience of the design of a process from the conceptual stage through to detailed design; apply and integrate a broad range of chemical engineering skills and knowledge; encourage a creative approach to chemical engineering design; gain experience of working in a team; gain experience of the presentation of technical material in extended written reports and orally. This Design Project module covers the initial Part 1 Design Proposal, Part 2 Individual Detailed Design, Part 3 Consolidated Design, Peer-, Self- and Supervisor-evaluated Teamwork component, Group Presentation and Individual Oral Interview

Research Project

An independent research programme related to process development or process safety within chemical engineering discipline, drawing on the School’s research activities in this area. Supervisors will outline the aims of the project and direct you to the most recent literature. You will undertake a review of the literature related to their project in order to prepare a research proposal that presents a reasoned case for undertaking the research. You will plan your project in light of the current state of the field of research and the opportunities within the School’s resources and activities. You will be given advice on research methods but will be expected to lead the planning yourself. The project will show depth and will involve advanced laboratory, instrumental and/or theoretical or computational techniques. They will be open ended and you will be expected to review progress regularly and modify research plans accordingly. Group projects will be encouraged, though you will be expected to work independently.

Entry requirements

An honours degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline, with a minimum of a 2:2 or equivalent qualification.

Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis, including an interview with the Course Leader.

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