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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Teaching and assessment

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Our groundbreaking research is an important feature of our courses and feeds directly into teaching. It is through our research and the funding it attracts that enables us to invest in world-class facilities and staff who will enthuse and inspire you. You will have regular contact with staff via lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group working, project meetings and social events.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. You are required to take modules totalling 180 credits.

The taught modules and preparatory work for the research project is undertaken over the first two semesters with the summer being devoted to the research project.


The research project is possibly one of the most satisfying parts of the course. It gives you the opportunity to take what you have learnt and apply it to a real project, which is your own piece of research and can be used to explore and develop
specific interests.

The research project is chosen by you and is usually associated with one of our world-class research institutes. You will work individually on a project and you will
be assigned a project supervisor.

Recent research projects in the School have included:

Chemical Engineering
• Control of heat release and temperature levels in jacketed stirred tank vessels
• Pool boiling heat transfer of nanofluids
• Effect of surface wettability and spreading on Nanofluid boiling heat transfer
• Aspen Plus simulation of CO2 removal by amine absorption from power plant
• Modelling of CO2 absorption using solvents in spray towers
• Historical data analysis using artificial neural network modelling
• Computational modelling of particulate flow
• Characterisation of sedimentation process in two-phase flow based on continuity theory using impedance tomography
• Finding a new technique for on-line monitoring of crystallisation process using an electrode probe

Energy and Environment
• Potential of marine biomass for production of chemicals and biofuels
• Influence of particle size on the analytical and chemical properties of Miscanthus energy crop
• Assessing the exposure of commuters to traffic generated particles:
a comparison of transport options
• Location of solar farms under climate change
• Steam reforming of waste pyrolysis oils for sustainable hydrogen production

Fire and Explosion Engineering
• Aircraft fuel tank vapour/air explosions
• Investigation of air starved fires using the cone calorimeter
• Venting of gas explosions; venting using gases of different reactivity
• Studies on the dry film thickness of intumescent coatings for structural
steel sections
• Effect of heating rate on polymer decomposition kinetics
• Smoke behaviour and movement in extreme environments

Materials Science and Engineering
• Hydrothermal synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles
• Temperature variable X-ray diffraction of high temperature piezoelectric material BiFeO3-KBiTiO3-PbTiO3
• Fabrication of glass waveguide devices by femtosecond laser inscription
• Microstructure development in drop-tube processed cast iron
• Validation of cooling rate models of drop-tube processing
• Characterisation of graphite nanoplatelets (GNPs) produced by solvent exfoliation of graphite
• Studies of the effect of milling variables in the production of nanoparticles
• Microstructural investigation of spray atomized powders

  1. Petroleum Production Engineering (new programme)
    Examples of project topics would include:
    • Enhancement of mechanical strength and corrosion inhibition in oil pipelines
    • Reducing oil pipeline scaling using nano-particle seeding agents
    • Monitoring pipeline flows using electrical resistance tomography (ERT)
    • The application of nano-technology in enhancing oil recovery
    • Application of polymer-based nano-particles in absorbing and controlling oil spillages
    • Tribo-electrostatic beneficiation of oil shale using a powder dispersal system


We use a wide range of assessment methods so that our students develop a broad range of technical skills combined with the excellent communication, critical analysis and problem-solving abilities that are highly valued by top employers.

Course work assignments are a significant part of the course and contribute towards the module assessment. Summative examinations may also be included as part of the assessment. Assignments may include group presentations, reports, essays, or practical work. The research project is assessed by dissertation and oral presentation.

Student support

We have excellent student support teams who are here to help you with any non-academic queries or problems you may have, from initial application through to graduation.

These teams are located close to where you will study, ensuring personalised and direct contact and can help you with:

- Scholarships and Bursaries
- Registration and Module Enrolment
- Coursework/Project submission
- Staff contact details
- Mitigating circumstances
- Results and Progression requirements
- Examinations
- Peer Mentoring
- Timetabling
- Absence and Attendance Monitoring
- Engineering Study Zone bookings
- Maps and directions

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