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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Lancaster University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


Process automation makes the sort of plant and equipment used in the chemicals and process industry sector come alive. Modern automation systems are complex and designing, operating and maintaining them is challenging. It requires a breadth and depth of knowledge across a range of disciplines involving a variety of theory and techniques, technology and practice, skills and knowhow. This MSc will develop your expertise in this exciting area. This MSc is a long-established programme having previously been taught by Sheffield University, Newcastle University and Imperial College London. It transferred to Lancaster University in 2020. We offer a wide range of modules of which you will select eight from. This flexibility allows you to tailor your studies to suit your interests, needs and background. Each module takes approximately three months to complete, consisting of a 1-week block of teaching followed by an assignment and an exam. You will typically study two or three modules per year. There is a five-year time limit for completion of the MSc which includes the industrial project.

Course structure

We place great emphasis on interactive learning, and you will learn from our academic experts and leading industrialists. We provide a balance of theory and practice, technology and techniques, information and understanding. Modules will typically include group discussions, demonstrations, presentations, problem-solving, case studies, practical work and simulation exercises. Each of the modules can be taken as a standalone continuing professional development (CPD) course with assessment optional. The programme has previously been accredited by three professional bodies: IChemE, IET and InstMC. They have been approached about re-accreditation of the programme for further learning to Masters level at Lancaster. Subject to the requirements of relevant experience and a position of responsibility, for those admitted with an accredited BEng degree, the award of the MSc degree should lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,000overall cost

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University information

Lancaster University

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  • Campus address

    Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YW, England

Lancaster’s community is made up of people from over 100 countries giving students opportunities to make lifelong connections that cross borders and cultures.
The university has dedicated support available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 33

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    147 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%


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