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.

The School of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle 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 Newcastle?

  • 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.
  • Newcastle 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

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Advanced Chemical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Masters/MSc

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught





How long it takes:

1 year full-time, 2–3 years part-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The MSc programme is a one-year full time course or can be taken part-time over two or more years. Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 and 2. The programme starts with an introductory 10-credit module to introduce material that will be encountered in the programme. Depending upon your academic background, you will begin by studying the fundamental principles of either chemical engineering or the relevant biological science.

This is followed by 50 credits of multidisciplinary core modules that cover advanced concepts in chemical engineering that are relevant to multiple sectors. The properties of colloidal systems, commonplace in formulated products such as food, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. Use of biological systems for production of novel products is also covered.

The 40-60 credits of pathway modules are on the theme of healthcare technology. These modules cover various aspects of the field – from tissue engineering and generating new organs, through sensors for earlier diagnosis of disease, biomaterials, medical devices, to 3D printing of custom implants. You will be taught by world experts and gain experience of a wealth of applications in the healthcare technologies area.

The above modules are complimented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics such as bioprocessing, pharmaceuticals and engineering business. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered.

In the summer semester, each student on the MSc programme will then undertake an individual project in a research area of their choice within one of the School’s internationally recognised research groups. This allows you to consolidate your knowledge in a practical setting and develop practical research expertise. This brings the total credits for the MSc to 180.


Introductory modules

If you have not taken a chemical engineering first degree, then you will take Process Engineering Fundamentals. Otherwise, you will take Bioscience for Graduates of other disciplines, which will give you the background you require in biological topics.

  • Bioscience for Graduates of other disciplines – 10 credits
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals – 10 credits

Core modules:

  • Applied Synthetic Biology – 10 credits
  • Non-ideal Materials – 20 credits
  • Measurement, Sensors and Design of Experiments – 20 credits
  • Research Project. (MSc only) – 60 credits

Pathway modules – choose 40-60 credits

  • Advanced Therapeutic Medicine Products – 10 credits
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing for Healthcare Applications – 10 credits
  • Frontiers in Tissue Engineering – 10 credits
  • Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare Technologies – 10 credits
  • Medical Devices – 10 credits
  • Sensor Systems in Medicine – 10 credits

Optional modules – choose 0-20 credits

Modules from different themes can be combined within timetabling constraints. All modules are offered subject to sufficient enrolled students. All module descriptions are provisional and subject to minor change. Example optional modules are listed below:


Pharmaceutical Technology Theme

  • Plant design and manufacturing principles for (bio)pharmaceutical production – 10 credits
  • From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products – 10 credits
  • Design and development of drug delivery systems – 10 credits

Bioprocessing Theme

  • Cell Factories – 20 credits
  • Bioseparations – 20 credits

Business Studies Theme

  • Project management (business strategy delivery) – 10 credits
  • Business and strategy development – 10 credits

Food Engineering and Safety Theme

  • Food structure for performance – 10 credits
  • Food plant and process – 10 credits
  • Future Engineering of Food – 10 credits
  • Chemical contamination of food and water – 10 credits
  • Sustainability in the food industry – 10 credits
  • Food chain security – 10 credits

Hydrogen Energy Theme

  • Introduction to Electrochemistry – 10 credits
  • Advanced Electrochemical Applications -10 credits
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology – 10 credits
  • Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation – 10 credits

Energy Theme

  • Energy Systems and Policy  – 10 credits
  • Renewable Energy Systems  – 10 credits
  • Energy Systems Modelling  – 10 credits
  • Energy Systems Design  – 10 credits
  • Energy Storage – 10 credits

Core Process Engineering Skills Theme

  • Industry 4.0 and big data – 20 credits
  • Minerals and Minerals Engineering – 10 credits
  • Chemical NanoEngineering – 10 credits
  • Explosion Science, Prevention and Protection in Process Industries – 10 credits

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

There is a great demand for chemical engineers in industry worldwide. This course gives you a professional basis for a career in a variety of industries.

Our Careers Network offers a range of events and support services designed to help you maximise your employability: from networking opportunities and career coaching workshops, to our effective-careers-strategy toolkit and one-to-one guidance. We also offer subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each college and a dedicated careers website for international students. Further information is below.


University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.