Faculty of Engineering & Design

Overview

Duration: 1 year full time (taught)

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent in Chemical, Biochemical or Environmental Engineering. Applications from other relevant engineering and science disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

International scholarships

We have Elite MSc Scholarships for £2,000 towards your tuition fees available for this course.

 
 

MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering

Our Masters in Sustainable Chemical Engineering is designed for ambitious graduates who aspire to play leading roles in managing, innovating and delivering resource efficient products, processes and systems in a sustainable way.

Why study Sustainable Chemical Engineering?

The process industry has a high dependence on material and energy resources. Because of this, there is a strong interest in improving resource efficiency to increase competitiveness and decrease environmental impact.

Resource efficiency is about 'doing more and/or better with less' and delivering this sustainably presents a major opportunity and challenge for engineers and scientists. Industry needs skilled graduates with the expertise to take up this challenge now.

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You will be based in our high ranking Department of Chemical Engineering and benefit from the support of our multidisciplinary EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training:

The three Centres for Doctoral Training offer excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary projects in engineering and science as well as access to a lively programme of talks and other events throughout the year. At the start of the MSc programme you will be assigned a doctoral student who will act as your mentor in addition to an academic tutor and supervisor.

Further details

This course teaches and builds on advanced concepts and technologies core to sustainable chemical engineering. It will train you how to integrate systems thinking and economic, environmental and social objectives in problem solving and decision making. You will graduate with the practical and interpersonal skills required by professionals to work in the emerging and expanding employment market in the green sector. 

You will:

  • gain a holistic understanding of the environmental, social, ethical, regulatory and economic dimensions of sustainable chemical engineering and how they interact
  • apply methodologies and tools to design and evaluate alternative products, processes and systems based on sustainability criteria
  • apply your knowledge of resource conservation to deal with complex scenarios, real-life problems and decision making in the face of incomplete or uncertain information
  • develop 'big picture' thinking to evaluate alternative products, processes and systems using whole systems approaches, which consider the multiple criteria and stakeholders along the process industry value chain
  • develop the skills to formulate and implement research and design projects independently and in professional multidisciplinary teams.

Course structure

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The programme creates many opportunities for interdisciplinary and active learning through authentic, industrially relevant case studies, games and project work. There are guest speakers from industry and other organisations, as well as opportunities for industrial visits. Transferable skills development, such as problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, networking and time and resource management, is embedded throughout the programme.

Semester 1 (September to January)

The first semester consists of five taught compulsory units that provide you with a foundation in sustainability and systems analysis to apply throughout the programme.

The units advance your understanding of the concepts, technologies and issues in resource recovery, including the valorisation and the re-use of waste streams (waste2resource). You will examine in detail how resources can be conserved by transforming wastes and other feedstocks into high value products in the bioeconomy.

Each unit consists of lectures, tutorials and case studies, and is supplemented by private study and preparation for in-class activities.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Semester 2 (February to May)

In the second semester you will take two further technical specialist units on resource conservation. These cover a range of advanced technologies and concepts, including process intensification and waste, water and energy integration.

You will also develop your understanding of Sustainable Chemical Engineering in a design, research and management context through three project-based units, focused on resource efficiency and conservation.

In the group activity, you will apply engineering and project management techniques to solve a design problem, just as an industry-based design team would.

Project unit 1 introduces you to research methods and project planning. You will then apply this to detailed background research in your discipline area to prepare for your individual summer dissertation project in Project unit 2.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Semester 3 (June to September)

The final semester consists of an individual project leading to an MSc dissertation. Depending on your chosen area of interest, the project may involve theoretical, computational and/or experimental activities. You will conduct your individual project at Bath under the supervision of a member of academic staff, with opportunities for industrial co-supervision. You will have access to the state-of the-art facilities in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Assessment is through a written dissertation and an oral presentation.