This course aims to provide students from a Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related science and engineering background, with an advanced knowledge of chemical process research and development.
The course is centred in the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a key interdisciplinary institute, which links the School of Chemistry and School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering (SPEME) at the University of Leeds.
In keeping with iPRD's emphasis, all of the course is industrially relevant, and much of it is industrially led, including extensive use of seminars and workshops by industrial speakers.
A major part of the MSc course is an extensive research project which will normally be jointly supervised by a chemist and a chemical engineer. Many research projects are industrially sponsored and some can be carried out in industrial laboratories when advantageous to do so.
The excellent facilities, which include recently commissioned large scale 20 and 50 litre reaction systems and the range of expertise at Leeds means that students will be able to contribute to research at the cutting edge of process technology, in industrially relevant areas, in some cases, with significant industrial involvement.
Core material will cover key techniques and methodology used in process technology, and will be reinforced through deductive problem solving, and student led activities (e.g. interdisciplinary design project involving small group working between chemists and chemical engineers).
This approach will enable students to exploit their diverse range of skills, to appreciate the opportunities and limitations of current process technology, and to be prepared for the necessarily inquisitive nature of research.
Throughout the course extensive exposure to industrial concepts, and input from external industrial speakers, will exemplify the importance and practical applications of the field.
The initial project report that you produce will require you to appreciate the background to a research problem, to formulate ideas, to propose a programme of research, and to propose the approach best suited to the underlying research problem. The work will be conducted in the vigorous interdisciplinary research atmosphere fostered by the range of process technology research being carried out in Leeds, and will be written up in an extensive high level report, and presented orally in an internal research conference at the end of the year.
All students study core material, beginning with an initial introduction to Process Chemistry and Chemical Technology, and then divide into three streams, depending on background, to cover chemistry and chemical engineering at a range of levels.
All students then study advanced core modules, which lead on to an extensive research project.
The modular nature of the course allows students from differing backgrounds to tailor the course to their own needs, allowing those with a knowledge of chemistry to focus on more advanced chemical aspects of process development and develop a strong appreciation of chemical engineering principles, whilst students with a background in chemical engineering can concentrate on advanced engineering aspects and develop a strong appreciation of chemistry.
Students from more diverse backgrounds (e.g. pharmacy, forensic science, materials science, physics, biochemistry) will have the opportunity to study broader aspects of both chemistry and chemical engineering but would not be expected to study at the advanced levels of students with specialist chemistry or chemical engineering knowledge.
Teaching is by lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
Assessment is based on course work, research project performance and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
ScholarshipsThe School of Chemistry offers up to 10 partial-fee Scholarships worth £2,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission on this full-time MSc programme, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so are not required to complete an application form.