2021 start
PG Diploma

Process Safety and Loss Prevention

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Enhance your skills in process safety, loss prevention and risk assessment to prepare you for a career in the oil and gas, chemical, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries.
Process safety researchers

Course description

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.

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. Apply now


Core modules

  • Introduction to Process Safety and Loss Prevention
  • Leadership and Management of Process Safety
  • Hazards and Protection
  • Human Error and Human Behaviour
  • Process Safety in Chemicals, Pharma and Fine Chemicals Industries
  • Process Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Major Hazard and Emergency Planning
  • Instrumented Systems and Functional Safety
  • Dissertation (for MSc)


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.


  • MSc(Eng): 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Diploma: 9 months full-time
Group of Chemical and Biological Engineering postgraduates at a table with laptop

What I like most about my course is that it’s totally applied to industry: it’s very practical and the lecturers have a lot of industry experience. I love that with my work I can avoid big accidents occurring and save lives and the environment.

Sandra Catalina Prieto Marin
MSc(Eng) Process Safety and Loss Prevention

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in science, technology or engineering.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Contact us for current information on available scholarships.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

Apply now


+44 114 222 7500

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.