Taught course

Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology

University of Birmingham · School of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biomedical Science with sufficient Mathematics)

Months of entry


Course content

Our Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology programme explores advanced chemical engineering topics with an emphasis on healthcare technology. Our three major research areas – formulation engineering, energy, and healthcare technology – guide the programme.

Chemical engineering is dynamic and evolving, and today extends far beyond its roots in oil and gas processing. It provides many solutions to problems facing the healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, energy and food and drink sectors.
This programme focuses on advanced chemical engineering topics that inform the modern process engineering industry, with a focus on healthcare technology topics. Our three major research areas – healthcare technology, formulation engineering, and energy – guide the programme, with a focus on healthcare.
There is an increasing demand to deliver new technologies that allow us to more rapidly diagnose and better treat patients. Advances in medicine mean we are living longer than ever before, and our chances of survival following devastating, life-changing events are increasing. However, these successes lead to major challenges. We've extended life expectancy, but there is no commensurate improvement in the quality of life to match the longer life-span. This demand has led to a rapid increase in the amount of research undertaken to develop new healthcare technologies.
Read more about the University's Healthcare Technologies Institute.
The School of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham focuses on research in three areas, answering three major questions of global importance:
  • Healthcare Technology - How can we maintain a healthy ageing population?
  • Formulation Engineering - How can we develop and produce formulated products such as food or pharmaceuticals with novel properties in a sustainable manner?
  • Energy - How can we reshape energy supply and storage in a suitable way?
This Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology programme focuses on exploring the key aspects of chemical engineering that we can use to answer these three questions, with a focus on the Healthcare Technology theme. Core modules will give you an advanced understanding of chemical engineering principles. Pathway modules will allow you to develop expertise in Healthcare Technology topics and optional modules will allow you to choose additional areas of study.
The research project (MSc only) will allow you to undertake independent research with world-leading research teams within the school. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers in many sectors, including healthcare technology.

Why study Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Masters at Birmingham?
  • In this course we will explore healthcare technology within the broader context of chemical engineering. You will also develop an understanding of formulated products and how they can be characterised.
  • The course will equip you to join the healthcare and chemical engineering industries in multiple sectors.
  • The optional modules will allow further specialisation in areas of your interest including pharmaceuticals, engineering business and food.
  • Teaching is led by our world-leading research in chemical engineering, and during the research project you will work within research groups on an original research project.
  • Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. With over 35,000 students and 7,000 staff, today we are one of the world’s leading universities. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives – a tradition that this programme proudly continues.
  • Explore important aspects of modern chemical engineering, addressing healthcare technologies, pharmaceuticals, and the design and development of key formulated products.
  • Specialise in areas that interest you, from the development of healthcare technologies to the formulation of structured food products, to efficient energy systems, and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering
  • Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments

Information for international students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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