Taught course

Process Safety and Loss Prevention

University of Sheffield · Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (at least a 2.2) in a relevant engineering or science discipline. If you don't meet this requirement, but you have significant work experience that is directly relevant to the course, we'll consider your application.

If you don't have a 2.2 or above (and you don't have the relevant work experience) you would need to take the Diploma course. You'll have the opportunity to transfer to the MSc once you have completed half the taught course material to a satisfactory standard.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Accredited by the the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Whether you’re already working in the field or just starting out, this course will deepen your understanding and equip you with skills and expertise in process safety, loss prevention and risk assessment. You’ll be ready for a career in the oil and gas, chemical, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries, or with any of the consultancies that service them.

Take advantage of our expertise

Our teaching is grounded in specialist research expertise. Our reputation for innovation secures funding from industry,
UK research councils, the government and the EU. Industry partners, large and small, benefit from our groundbreaking work addressing global challenges.

You’ll have access to top facilities, including modern social spaces, purpose-built labs, the Harpur Hill Research Station for large-scale work, extensive computing facilities and a modern applied science library. There are high-quality research facilities for sustainable energy processes, safety and risk engineering, carbon capture and utilisation, and biological processes and biomanufacturing.

Course content

Diploma: three core modules and five optional modules. MSc(Eng): one core module, major research project, and five optional modules.

Core modules

  • Process Safety Management and Loss Prevention
  • Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Hazards in Process Plant Design and Operation
  • Dissertation (for MSc)

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Process Plant Reliability and Maintainability
  • Human Error and Human Behaviour
  • Applied Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP)
  • Safety in Nuclear Operations
  • Instrumented Systems and Functional Safety
  • Process Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Process Safety in Pharmaceutical, Food and Consumer Products
  • Major Hazards and Emergency Planning
  • Process Safety in the Chemical Industry
  • Safety in Nuclear Operations

Full-time or part-time

This course is available full-time over a year, or part-time over two or three years. Each module can be taken as a short course – useful if you’re already working in industry.

Part-time students need to complete all modules within two years. You can take an extra third year to complete your dissertation if you need to – we won’t charge fees for that year. Modules are delivered about once per month from September to June. Each module is four days long. You must therefore attend for 32 days in total.

Teaching and assessment

We use a mixture of lessons and discussions, real-life case studies, workshops and hands-on computer sessions. Continuous assessment is based on assignments for each module, and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Contact us for current information on available scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Ms Maria Soto
+44 (0)114 222 7500