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Advanced Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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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.

Why Bradford?

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 or Petroleum Engineering.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The aims of the MSc programme are to equip the students with the theoretical knowledge, concepts and skills necessary for original thought and problems analysis related to core chemical/petroleum/polymer engineering.

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Desalination Technology (20 credits) – core
    This module provides you with a detailed technological understanding of strategically important issue of sustainable production of freshwater via desalination.
  • Material & Manufacturing Processes (20 credits) – core
    To provide specialist knowledge of manufacturing methods used in the design and development of operations to process engineer materials with advanced properties, consistent attributes and with sound structural integrity.
  • Transport Phenomena (10 credits) – core
    This module put emphasis on understanding basic physical principles governing transport processes in chemical engineering.
  • Design Optimisation (10 credits) – optional
    To establish an appreciation for the role of optimisation in modern engineering practice and to provide evidence for the premise that optimisation is one component of an integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (10 credits) – optional
    To understand fundamental principles of the advanced numerical simulations in hydrodynamics. There will be an emphasis on developing practical skills to build numerical models to simulate free surface flows in practical contexts.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Upstream Production and Refinery Operations (20 credits) – core
    You will be able to synthesise the right process configurations for any given well fluid and crude oil quality and also simulate/design the entire upstream petroleum and refining processes with the given product quality constraints as well as HSE (health, safety and environment) concerns.
  • Research Skills (10 credits) – core
  • Food & Pharmaceutical Processes Engineering (10 credits) – core
    This module introduces you to fundamental principles along with the design of equipment such as fluid-particles settlers and centrifuges, filtration and crystallisation units and other specialised food and pharmaceutical processing equipment.
  • Polymer Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    As part of the module you will perform a practical research project to reactively modify a polymer, produce test specimens from the new material and then characterise its properties.
  • Engineering Computational Methods (10 credits) – optional
    To critically review the application of the Finite Element (FE) method as a tool for engineering analysis
  • Risk Management (10 credits) – optional
    Acquire a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of risk management and its interaction with other management activities, and directly apply them in a range of product and service industries.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Degree of Master

  • MSc Project (60 credits) – core
    This project will further develop practical evaluation of professional engineering activity in a chosen specialisation. To extend the student's ability to plan, implement and review appropriate activities in a large and academically demanding project, in order to achieve an agreed set of objectives in a given time scale.

Students will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if they have successfully completed at least 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £7,960
  • International: £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan to put towards your fees and living costs.

Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.