Postgraduate Chemical Engineering students

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This specialised stream offers an in-depth study of the behaviour of structured products, and of the interplay between structure, processing and properties.

About the course


The Department of Chemical Engineering offers four courses that are built around a wide choice of advanced taught modules plus a research project in one of our research focus areas.

The Structured Product Engineering (SPE) course affords an in-depth study of the behaviour of structured products and of the interplay between structure, processing and properties.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

All four courses are full-time, starting at the beginning of the academic year (late September or early October) and extending over 12 months.

They are run on a modular basis, with one core module taken by all students and other core modules that are specific to your specialisation. After you join, you are required to choose a research project and eight modules in which to be examined, including the option of one business studies module.

Each module represents the equivalent of 20 hours of lectures and ten hours of tutorial support or project work.

Core modules

  • Advanced Process Design
  • Colloid and Interface Science
  • Pharmaceutical Process Development
  • Product Characterisation

Optional modules

You choose four optional modules from below.

  • Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
  • Advanced Process Operations
  • Advanced Process Optimisation I
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Carbon Capture and Clean Fossil Fuels
  • Dynamic Behaviour in Process Systems
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Managing Innovation
  • Membrane Science and Membrane Separation Processes
  • Modelling of Biological Systems
  • Molecular Modelling of Fluids
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • Particle Engineering
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Project Management
  • Reaction Engineering 2
  • Strategic Management
  • Transport Processes in Biological Systems

Final project

The research project is selected from a list of topics in the area of structured product engineering. The research carried out during the MSc integrates within the relevant research areas, and is often pursued in collaboration with PhD students and postdoctoral research associates. A list of potential projects will be provided at the start of the course.

Teaching and assessment


  • Computer-based work
  • Independent Research Project
  • Laboratory work
  • Lectures
  • Project reports
  • Seminars
  • Skills workshops


  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Practical

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in a physical science, engineering, mathematical, or life/biomedical sciences based subject. We normally expect a very high 2:1 or first class honours degree.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.