Chemical Engineering with Sustainability

Key Information


1 year


2 years

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Academic Year

Course Overview

Informed by the needs of a decarbonised industry, this course provides the opportunity to develop the strong communication and leadership skills in sustainability and net-zero that employers are looking for today. It aims to provide an extension beyond undergraduate study for those embarking on, changing, or advancing their chosen career in the chemical industry.

The programme has been developed around the key strands of advanced process simulation, renewable and green energy, biofuels, heat integration, and carbon capture. You will have the chance to develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to work on the engineering challenges of the 21st century through project-based learning.

You can become part of a thriving hub of research and development close to the Humber Industrial Cluster, the nation's largest of its type, which includes CATCH's National Centre for Process Manufacturing (NCPM). You can learn from our experienced and talented academic team, have the chance to work on industrially relevant projects, and gain exposure to real-world training facilities that aim to develop technical skills in the control room, process maintenance, and field operations in a fully emulated process operations environment.

Why Choose Lincoln

Informed by the needs of a decarbonised industry

A focus on project-based learning

Work on industrially relevant projects and access real-world training facilit

Choose from a range of optional modules

Complete a research project in a specialist area

A focus on professional and personal development

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How You Study

On this course you are able to study a range of topics to develop a critical understanding of engineering and management theory. The course incorporates chemical and green technology-based modules as core modules. You can also choose from optional modules, enabling you to tailor your learning to your individual background and career ambitions. Teaching is informed by real-world examples and you will be expected to participate in lectures, seminars, and workshops to examine, research, discuss, and debate topics.

The Engineering Research Project provides the chance to complete an in-depth investigation of a specific topic within industry or academia, enabling you to apply new knowledge in a real-life setting.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. For every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Course composition and delivery is different for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research, and one-to-one learning.

The programme is delivered on both a full-time (1-year) and part-time (2-year) basis. The delivery of the modules for this MSc programme run over a full academic year in a block structure. Students will complete a series of taught modules comprising 120 credits of study and an engineering-based project making up the remaining 60 credits.

In support of part-time delivery, where possible, each teaching contact takes over a minimum four hour period, with a minimum of 12 contacts expected across a single term.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Energy Integration and Sustainability 2024-25CHE9001Level 72024-25This module will focus on process integration, carbon capture technology, and their simulation. Process integration will be carried out using the standardised 'problem table' algorithm, composite curves, and energy targeting techniques, using a spreadsheet package. Various carbon capture methods and their integration to process, and power plants will be explored. This module will also develop students' ability in directed group work to synthesising and designing sustainable chemical processes. Students can learn through examples and exercises. Additionally, students will be introduced to solve these problems using the Aspen ONE software suite and similar open-source software tools.CoreEngineering Research Project 2024-25EGR9020MLevel 72024-25Students will undertake a major research or industrially based project, applying the management methods taught in their elective management module. Students are expected to solve an industrially relevant problem using a combination of analytical, experimental, and modelling skills. The specific content of each project will vary, but in general, the projects will contain both ‘research’ and ‘design’ components. Research will involve analytical, computational, and experimental aspects. Design work will contain specification, design, analysis, manufacture and test work. All project must be conducted with reference to environmental and sustainability issues, and account for commercial, strategic, and risk issues that would be involved in implementing their design solution within an engineering business.CoreGreen Fuel and Engines 2024-25EGR9011MLevel 72024-25The use of fuels as the major source of energy production is examined in some detail, with particular emphasis on combustion mechanisms and emissions formation processes from a fundamental standpoint. The barriers and opportunities to the use of alternative fuels within power generation applications are considered as well as the environmental impact of different fuel sources.CorePower Systems 2024-25EGR9017MLevel 72024-25The aim of this module is to provide the students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the machinery used in power generation applications. The module builds on fundamental thermodynamics, discussing the technicalities of power generation from a series of recognised energy source viewpoints.CoreProcess Design and Simulation 2024-25CHE9002Level 72024-25This module aims to equip students with the principles and skills related to the design and integration of chemical processes, emphasising the conceptual issues that are fundamental to the creation of the process. The module is intended to provide a practical guide to chemical process design and integration. It is envisaged that it will be useful for practicing process designers and chemical engineers and applied chemists working in process development. Students will learn through examples and exercises that will do not require specialist software and can be performed on spreadsheet software. However, for efficiency, students will be encouraged to solve these problems using Aspen ONE software suite and similar open-source software tools.CoreResearch Methods and Engineering Innovation 2024-25EGR9045MLevel 72024-25This research methods module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their Independent Study. It reviews core principles of the research methods that students are likely to utilise in their research. The chosen method should form the basis of their research design, and the structure of the of Independent Study submission.CoreSustainable Energy and Climate Change 2024-25EGR9014MLevel 72024-25This module deals with current and potential future energy systems, covering resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use technologies, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. The course includes the review of various renewable and conventional energy production technologies, energy end-use practices and alternatives, and consumption practices in different countries. Students are given the opportunity to learn a quali-quantitative framework to aid in evaluation and analysis of energy technology system proposals in the context of engineering, political, social, economic, and environmental goals.CoreApplied Thermo-fluids Systems 2024-25EGR9019MLevel 72024-25In this module, students will have the opportunity to develop and expand their fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics, and apply this to further their understanding of energy systems. It is expected that students will be able to better identify the opportunities that exist to increase the efficiency of energy machines, systems and devices. Students will have the chance to build models of mass and energy flow through existing and proposed machines. These models are then used to pinpoint the most efficient and least efficient steps of device operation.OptionalLaser Materials Processing 2024-25EGR9028M (old code EGR3028M)Level 72024-25The syllabus for this module can be divided into four topics: Fundamentals An understanding of the theory, principles and techniques used in Laser-materials Processing (LMP) are required before more advanced understanding can be achieved. This includes knowledge of the stimulated emission phenomenon, techniques used to generate laser light, laser delivery methods and a detailed understanding of optics, including thin lens theory and the ability to identify the range of optics needed for laser beam transmission and manipulation. Safety Students are introduced to the principles of safe use of laser sources; covering the risk classification system, the relevance of wavelength, prevention and mitigation techniques as well as a wide range of associated considerations. Processes Students are introduced to the importance of wavelength in laser interactions with materials. Industrial processes are classified by wavelength and detailed description of each process including modelling techniques are covered. These principles are reinforced by two laboratory sessions: one for short (UV) wavelength radiation and another for long (NIR, IR) wavelength radiation. Novel Laser Applications Students have the opportunity to learn how to identify and describe the potential benefits to manufacturing processes offered by the application of lasers as a result of their unique characteristics. This knowledge requires advanced application of the multidisciplinary content of a mechanical engineering degree in areas such as materials science, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and electronics.OptionalSensors, Actuators and Controllers 2024-25EGR9025MLevel 72024-25This module aims to provide a thorough introduction to key concepts underlying the options available and the issues related to selection of sensors and actuators for control. Emphasis will be placed on systems of electro-mechanical nature but reference will be made to the much wider applicability of the techniques.OptionalTeams and Leadership 2024-25MGT9645MLevel 72024-25This module provides students with an understanding of how to create high-performing teams. Through a review of theories and models of leadership, team formation, motivation, communication, power, and diversity, students will gain a theoretically sound understanding of team behaviour and effectiveness. Practical class exercises will enable students to develop their skills as team leaders and members.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy adopted within the MSc Chemical Engineering with Sustainability reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of skills. These will tackle both traditional chemical engineering and those that will enable you solve problems related to a decarbonised chemical industry, net-zero emissions, and sustainability.

Assessment methods will vary from module to module, and this will include both coursework and examinations. Students will also be expected to complete a major research project following the taught modules.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 or above, or international equivalent in chemical engineering, mechanical, environmental, or biochemical engineering, or another closely related engineering subject.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with a 2.2 or lower, a non-engineering degree (e.g. chemistry, industrial chemistry, biochemistry, or other pure or applied science subjects), or a non-standard qualification but with relevant professional experience will be considered.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

If you are an overseas student, you may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate in order to enrol on this course.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

Highly skilled chemical engineers are in demand in the UK and overseas especially in this era of heightened awareness about climate change and sustainability. Through teaching methods and high levels of employer collaboration, this programme aims to prepare graduates for careers in the power, energy, and chemical process industries.

Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Dr Aliyu Aliyu

Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

Upcoming Postgraduate Events
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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.