This programme offers students a grounding in modelling, simulation and optimisation for the process industries, while helping them to strengthen their understanding of chemical engineering. Students take a minimum of four systems engineering modules, six "free" modules (up to two management courses), follow the professional skills workshops and join the Process Systems Engineering research theme for a year-long research project. This programme is ideal for students wishing to become fluent in the use of techniques and tools for computer-aided decision-making.
The programme aims/objectives are to:
produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in Structured Product Engineering in industry, the
public sector and non-governmental organisations;
provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of Structured
Product Engineering and Chemical Engineering;
develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and
environmentally sustainable fashion;
foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to
attract highly motivated students, both from within the UK and from overseas;
develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of
offer a means to provide an introduction to the subject for students from other disciplines
All students attend an induction week, which includes an introduction to the Department, Safety
sessions and a two-day professional skills workshop facilitated by external consultants. In this period
the students begin to consider their lecture modules and project. In addition, they have the
opportunity to meet with the Postgraduate Tutor who acts as their Personal Tutor during the initial
phase of the course. The students are required to select preferred projects by the end of the first
month. Research projects are then confirmed within six weeks of the start of term and supervisors
and projects are allocated in this period. Students are required to formally notify the Postgraduate
Office of their module options for examination by February. Students are encouraged to begin to put
in place those arrangements that are deemed appropriate for their research projects during this period
and especially to focus on developing an understanding of the research problem. Those students
with perceived English language deficiencies are encouraged to at this stage to seek remedial
support from the English Language Support Unit.
Students continue to follow selected lecture courses, and dedicate the equivalent of approximately
one day a week to their independent research project. At this stage it is hoped that the students have
a full understanding of the nature and needs associated with the project. The students submit a
Literature Review (maximum 6,000 words) in mid-February. The Literature Review is assessed in the
first instance by the supervisor.
All examinations are conducted during this term. Students can dedicate themselves full-time to their
research project after the final examinations, and give a poster presentation in mid-September.
Overall research assessment is based primarily upon a written dissertation which students submit by
the 3rd week of September. The dissertation is assessed by the supervisor and an internal
assessor. Further scrutiny is provided the External Examiners and the Board of Examiners
(comprising a Chair and a number of appointed Internal Examiners).
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.
The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree in
chemical engineering from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification, or an
Upper Second Class Honours degree in another engineering discipline or a science-based subject
from a UK academic institution or equivalent overseas qualification with relevant experience. All
applicants must meet the College’s English Requirement for Postgraduate Applicants.
All application document including academic transcripts will be assessed by the College Registry
upon submission. Applications that have met the College minimum requirement for PG admissions
will be considered by the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor. Decision on acceptance is mainly based on
the academic performance in previous degrees taking account of academic references and relevant
work/research experience. All UK applicants (and where possible overseas applicants) are
encouraged to visit the College Postgraduate Open Day and are welcome to visit the Department
throughout the year by prior arrangement.
The Department of Chemical Engineering will award 4 scholarships of £6,000 to outstanding MSc students. In order to be considered for one of these awards for 2015/16, you will need to submit your online MSc application no later than 28 February 2015. There is no separate application process. Awards will be made on the basis of academic excellence.
Imperial College London is one of the selected institutions through which MSc students can apply for the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering and Petrofac Fellowship scheme. Awards of £9,000 are to cover the fees of full time Masters’ second degrees in subjects that will enable them to take on specialist roles in the oil and gas industry, with any remainder as contribution towards living costs.
The eligibility criteria for the scheme are as follows:
*Applications for 2014-15 are now closed
The Department has two full scholarships, funded by Statoil, available for outstanding MSc students.
The awards will cover full fees (regardless of fee status) and a tax-free contribution to maintenance.
All successful applications to the MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering programme (including specialisations) at the time of the closing date will automatically be considered.
Applications for 2015-16 are now open. Please submit your online MSc application no later than 28 February 2015.