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Chemical Process Research and Development MSc

(Full time) 2016/17

Masters in Chemical Process, Research and Development

This programme is designed to give you advanced knowledge of chemical process research and development and is centered in the Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD), a key interdisciplinary institute which links the School of Chemistry and School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds.

All elements of the programme are industrially relevant and you’ll have extensive exposure to industrial concepts, as well as input from external industrial speakers.

You’ll cover key techniques and methodology used in process technology, which will be reinforced through deductive problem solving and student led activities (e.g. interdisciplinary design project involving small group working between chemists and chemical engineers).

This approach will enable you to exploit a diverse range of skills, to appreciate the opportunities and limitations of current process technology, and be prepared for the necessarily inquisitive nature of research.

The modular nature of the course allows you to tailor the course to your own needs. This approach allows you to focus on more advanced chemical aspects of process development and develop a strong appreciation of chemical engineering principles, if you are from a chemistry background, or concentrate on advanced engineering aspects and gain an understanding of chemistry, if your background is in chemical engineering.

If your background is more diverse (eg pharmacy, forensic science, materials science, physics, biochemistry) you’ll 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.

All students study core material, beginning with an initial introduction to Process Chemistry and Chemical Technology. You’ll then divide into three streams, depending on your background, to cover chemistry and chemical engineering at a range of levels.

A major part of the programme is an extensive research project, which will normally be jointly supervised by a chemist and a chemical engineer. Many research projects are industrially sponsored and some can be carried out in industrial laboratories.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Chemical Process Technology and Design
- Physical Organic Process Chemistry
- Case Studies in Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis
- Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses
- Chemical Reaction Processes
- Batch Process Engineering
- Pharmaceutical Formulation and Analysis
- Organic Synthesis for Fine Chemical and Pharmaceutical Synthesis
- Advanced Topics in Chemistry

For more information on typical modules, read Chemical Process Research and Development MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised research projects. Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable you to study at your own pace and in your own time, to enhance and extend the material taught formally.


Assessment is based on course work, research project performance and written exams which take place at the end of the semester in which the module is taught.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related subject.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the School of Chemistry admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants 10 September

International applicants 31 July


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

Original or certified copies of your transcripts

Original or certified copies of your degree certificate

Copy of passport (if applicable)

Letter of sponsorship (if applicable)

Two academic references

Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if applicable)

It may help your application if you include a personal statement and CV.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £7,000

International: £19,500

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out if you can get help at Postgraduate funding.

School of Chemistry, Dean's International Postgraduate Masters Scholarships

There are up to 10 partial-fee scholarships available worth £3,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission onto a full-time MSc programme in the School, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate.

These awards are competitive, based on high achievement. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so you don’t need to complete an application form.

The industrial focus of the course, and the shortage of suitably qualified postgraduate students with experience at the chemical - chemical engineering interface, ensures that you’ll graduate with excellent career prospects. The programme also provides a good route for progression onto further postgraduate study at PhD level.

You’ll find career opportunities in research, technical support and production management roles, within the chemical manufacturing industry, in particular fine chemicals, dyestuffs, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016

12 months full time

UK/EU fees:
International fees:

Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related subject.

Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components


Contact us:
School of Chemistry Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 6440