The modular nature of the course allows students from differing backgrounds to tailor it 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.
The entire course has industrial relevance and much of it is industry led, including extensive use of seminars and workshops by industrial speakers. A major part of the course is an extensive research project all of which are industrially relevant and some are industrially sponsored. They can also be carried out in industrial laboratories when advantageous to do so.
12 months - Full time
Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD)
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).
The iPRD is comprised of experts from the field of chemistry and engineering, who work closely with the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries, to develop technology which can improve manufacturing processes and thereby impact on costs, quality, productivity, waste and energy. The iPRD is uniquely placed to conduct industrially relevant research and training at the vital Chemistry – Chemical Engineering interface and provides training facilities for process testing and scale-up.
Students benefit from:
* The highest standards of teaching and research quality. The School of Chemistry and School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering were both rated 5 in the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
* Excellent, state-of-the-art facilities housed in high quality laboratories.
* Hands-on experience of research at the Chemistry - Engineering interface through an extensive practical project.
* Working in an interdisciplinary environment, with students from chemical, chemical engineering and other backgrounds.
* Working in interdisciplinary teams to design an industrial chemical process from start to finish.