MSc(Eng)/Diploma Process Safety and Loss Prevention

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our courses are taught by experts and supported by links with industry. We blend theory and practice to give you the qualification you need.

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

About the course

September 2018 start

Course description

Accredited by the Energy Institute and 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.

Postgraduate CBE student in lab

Course content

  • Diploma: eight taught modules (three core modules and five optional modules)
  • MSc(Eng): eight taught modules (three core modules, five optional modules, and a dissertation)

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).

Examples of optional modules

  • Process Plant Reliability and Maintainability
  • Human Error and Human Behaviour
  • Applied Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP)
  • Safety in Nuclear Operations
  • Computer Control
  • Safe Practice; Process Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Process Safety in the Pharmaceutical, Food and Consumer Products

Teaching and assessment

We use lectures, tutorials and project work. All your tutors are actively involved in research and consultancy in their field.

Assessment is by formal examinations and a research or design project dissertation. Continuous assessment of some modules.

Course duration

  • Diploma: 9 months full-time
  • MSc(Eng): 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

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.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Ms Maria Soto
T: +44 (0)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.