MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering

MSc Degree Programme: 

From carbon capture to sustainable water resources, from alternative energy technologies to advanced pharmaceutical processes, chemical engineers address the frontiers of important global challenges. An one-year MSc programme at the University of Edinburgh will immerse you in the most up-to-date developments in these fields, through a combination of taught modules, workshops, an MSc Research Dissertation and a number of supporting activities, with a particular emphasis on multi-scale approaches to Chemical Engineering, from the nano-scale to the process scale.

A unique feature of our MSc programme in Advanced Chemical Engineering is the strong involvement of the UK and EU chemical engineering industry. The programme is advised by an Industrial Board of Experts, while MSc Research Dissertation projects are formulated and co-advised by industrial partners, with topics ranging from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for medical applications, to carbon capture and storage, and to continuous manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry.

A total of more than 50 graduates and current students from 4 continents and 20 countries illustrate the great diversity of our MSc programme, while more than 20 industrial partners have actively participated in the inception and supervision of MSc Research Dissertation projects.

Degree Structure: 

Taught component

Compulsory Courses

Advanced Design Courses

Students must select at least one of the following three courses:

Optional Courses

Students can select one of the following courses during Semester 1:

Plus, between three and six of the following courses (depending on above Adv. Design choices, for a total of 120 credits) during Semester 2:


Following the taught component (two semesters), students focus exclusively on their already allocated research project over the third (summer) semester, under the joint supervision of an academic and an industrial partner.

Funding and Finance: 


The School of Engineering and the University of Edinburgh offer many scholarships and bursaries. These range from course specific funding options to general MSc scholarships. You should visit the University's scholarships website to find out more.

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering currently has three scholarships to highlight to applicants:

The School of Engineering also has several courses which are eligible for the Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) which is a loan system for Scottish/EU students. For more information and to find out about eligibility visit our Postgraduate Loans webpage. The Scholarship and Student Funding website also has an excellent Search Tool, to help you find funding available to you.

Fees and Living Expenses

Certain fees and other programme costs (eg research costs, class field trips) must be paid in full by each postgraduate student at the beginning of each academic session in September. More information about fees and additional costs can be found on the degree pages.

In terms of living expenses, you do not need to provide evidence of funding, however, you should be aware that, in applying for admission, you will be taking on a major commitment in terms of both time and money. The University recommends approximately £150 per week if living in University self-catered accommodation and £180 per week if in University catered halls (these figures include rent, lunches and personal expenditure). The University of Edinburgh's Fees and Finance section has more information available about fees and living expenses which you should take a moment to read over.

*Please note that courses are subject to availability and may change.

Our Graduate students said...: 

Jinyu Wang discusses MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering - the student experience

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Roberto Mennitto discusses MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering - the student experience

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