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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

The Humber is the largest trading estuary in the UK and the fourth largest in Europe, with a chemical and process sector worth £6bn a year. The region is one of the fastest-growing chemical bases in the UK, with investment in new build, expansion and maintenance exceeding £1 billion.

This makes Hull the ideal location to study Advanced Chemical Engineering. You benefit from studying near over 350 engineering and process giants including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser, many of which are involved with the university. We place a strong emphasis is on the practical application of knowledge. The University has strong, direct links with industry, providing you with opportunities to work on real-world engineering projects.

Our MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering programme is designed for applicants who wish to enhance a technical career in the chemical and process industry. It is targeted at those from a chemical engineering or similar background. The programme provides a variety of practical and theoretical modules to suit the individual background of students.

What you'll study

This programme integrates current and employer-relevant themes, enabling you to acquire knowledge and skills across a wide range of topics in the chemical and process industry with an emphasis upon chemical engineering applications.

The course comprises a combination of lectures, practical design exercises, tutorials, computer-based process simulations and optimisations. It benefits from a mic of resource-based, problem-based and enquiry-led learning.

You will develop competence and confidence in the application of engineering knowledge and techniques to a range of industrial and real-world problems in the chemical and process Industry.

A final project and dissertation will enable you to apply theory and practice to analyse and solve complex engineering problems.

Core module

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Individual Project

    This module gives you the opportunity to carry out an individual design or research and development project. It is an opportunity to gain a wider perspective of society and sustainability, while exploring project management techniques and presentation of progress, milestones and results through a variety of media.​

Compulsory module

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Research Skills and Project Planning

    This module provides you with the skills to plan and conduct an academic or industry-based research project, and start the preparatory work on your own project that you will undertake over the summer.

  • Advanced Process Safety, Industrial Process Control and Instrumentation

    Specialised topics in advanced industrial process safety and control of chemical processes are explored in this module.

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Chemical Engineering of Nano-materials

    ​This module introduces modern carbon and metal based nano-materials. You'll explore the nano-materials synthesis, properties modification and application fields. You'll gain firsthand practical skills development during nano-materials labs.

  • Energy Technologies

    Explore a diverse range of contemporary technologies related to the energy generation sector. This module also focuses on sustainability issues.

  • Advanced Process Modelling and Simulation Techniques

    ​This module delivers advanced skills on the Aspen HYSYS and COMSOL modelling packages functionality and application to design and optimisation of the core chemical engineering equipment.

  • Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering

    The oil industry is continuously developing and is therefore both recognised and expected to remain as a major contributor to the economy of many developed and developing countries and regions. Develop insight into the petroleum and petrochemical engineering sector with respect to their practical application to chemical engineering process analysis and design.

  • Energy Generation from Conventional and Renewable Fuels

    You will be introduced to the core technical and socioeconomic (sustainability) aspects determining the selection of conventional and alternative fuel balance for energy generation in UK and EU. This includes clean coal, natural gas, biomass residues and other waste.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

    Get hands-on experience with a major commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics package and demonstrate your skills for a practical engineering application. 

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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“I have grown more confident in my ability to undertake quality research because of the training I received at Hull. I feel a sense of accomplishment having finished my MSc, and I look forward to my PhD.”

Samson Shittu, MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £8,800

UK and EU students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £11,222 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

  • International: £17,200

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Study with the region’s premier provider of chemical engineering degrees in the UK's largest trading estuary, with a chemical and process sector worth £6 billion a year.

Study near over 350 engineering and process giants – including Phillips66, Total, Novartis, BP Chemicals, Croda, Cristal, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser.

Train at the £8-million Centre for Assessment of Technical Competency Humber (CATCH), an internationally-recognised industrial environment.

Entry requirements

Generally, we require applicants to hold a Bachelor Honours degree at 2.2 level or above (or international equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, or closely related subject, but less well-qualified applicants with relevant industrial experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The chemical engineering industry is expanding rapidly and employment opportunities are high. 

This programme provides you with the skills, competencies and knowledge to be successful in the workplace and prepares you to advance to specialist PhD study.

This MSc has a host of industry advisors from companies and organisations likely to offer employment opportunities to students completing the programme.