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Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Degrees Available

MSc Full-time

Suitable for International Students?


Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course
  • Home/EU: £4,900
  • International: £13,250

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

12 months (September - September) or 15 months (January - April)

Course Introduction

The modern society relies on the work of Chemical Engineers who develop and design the processes that make the useful products for the society by efficient use and management of resources including water and energy while controlling health and safety procedures and protecting the environment.

Chemical Engineering provides essential tools based on the concept of sustainability and low carbon footprint for changing raw materials into useful products in a safe and cost effective way. Chemical Engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, to create everything from health care products (face creams, shampoo, perfume, drugs) to food (dairy products, cereals, agro-chemicals) and water (desalination for freshwater) to energy (petroleum to nuclear fuels).

Your study at MSc level at Bradford will be a foundation for life aimed at developing a deep understanding of advanced technical principles, analytical tools, and competence in their application together with a wide range of management, personal and professional skills. The course will provide you with essential tools based on the concept of sustainability and low carbon footprint for changing raw materials into useful products in a safe and cost effective way.


Course Syllabus

  • Advanced Reaction Engineering 
  • Food and Pharmaceutical Process Engineering
  • Desalination Technology
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Polymer Processing
  • Risk Management
  • Separation Process
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Transport Process Modelling
  • Upstream Production & Refinery Operations
  • Design Optimisation
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Separation Science
  • MSc Project
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Practice

Special Features

  • Flexibility of career path – Choice of three routes:
    • Chemical Engineering - advanced chemical engineering and process technology skills for exciting and challenging careers in chemical and process industries
    • Petroleum Engineering -matches the needs in different areas of oil and gas production and in medium/small operating and consulting companies
    • Polymer Engineering -         design and operation of processes to engineer materials with advanced properties leading to careers in diverse manufacturing sectors
  • Research Strengths -  Internationally acclaimed research activities  in the following areas:
    • Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering
    • Polymers
    • Energy
    • Water
    • Pharmaceutical engineering
    • Coating and advanced materials engineering

Entry Requirements

  • 2.2 equivalent bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.
  • Applicants with 2.1 equivalent bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science and who have completed the Chemical Engineering for Scientists* course run by the Institution of Chemical Engineers or an additional in-house course at the University of Bradford will also be eligible to apply. These candidates are also required to have passed ‘A’ Level mathematics or equivalent.
  • Applicants with 2.2 equivalent bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Production Engineering, Control Engineering, and who have completed the Chemical Engineering for Other Engineers** courses or an additional in-house course*** at the University of Bradford run by the Institution of Chemical Engineers will also be eligible to apply.

*Chemical Engineering for Scientists

**Chemical Engineering for Other Engineers

***All programmes will be assessed via a written coursework (Equivalent 4000 words). The candidates will have to pass at 50%.

Note: The candidates wishing to attend the courses run by IChemE will have to organise themselves (including fees). The candidates wishing to attend the in-house course run by the University will have to pay an additional fee set by the University.

The candidates with bachelor degree in chemical engineering can enrol into the programme in September or January.

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

[Full information on our General English Language Requirements]

Collaborative Partners

Faculty of Life Sciences

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the course you will be able to work as: 

  • Projects Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer (R&D).


Contact Details

School of Engineering Admissions Office

Tel: 00 44 1274 234567
Fax: 00 44 1274 234111
Website: School of Engineering

Download Prospectus

MSc Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Brochure 2012 (PDF, 600KB)

Please note that these PDFs are correct as at time of print (May 2012). For the most up to date course information please use the web page.

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