M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering

M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSc in CHEG) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of chemical engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. in CHEG gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of CHEG and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Khalifa University helps open opportunities for future success. The field of chemical engineering is broad, therefore, graduates should have plenty of career opportunities to choose from both locally and internationally. The wide range of industries that utilize chemical engineers includes pharmaceutical, energy, oil and gas, environment and information technology. These roles will involve developing existing processes and creating new methods for altering materials. There are also other sectors and careers which utilize the skills developed in a master’s in chemical engineering degree – including quality assurance, manufacturing, and consultancy. The MSc in CHEG program at Khalifa University offers the student an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary education, which will help them fulfill the requirement of these career paths. Graduates also go through rigorous training and research experience to enable them to pursue their studies at Ph.D. level.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives (goals) of the MSc in Chemical Engineering program are to produce a graduate who:

  1. Advance professionally and be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in a critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  3. Further, develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student graduating with the MSc in Chemical Engineering will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) and engineering.
  2. Understand and carry out the safe and economic design of chemical engineering processes and systems fulfilling environmental and societal constraints.
  3. Design and conduct theoretical and/or experimental work, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  4. Identify, formulate, analyze and solve chemical engineering problems by applying knowledge of chemical engineering concepts.
  5. Use computational and process simulation tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.
  6. Effective and professional communication in English (both oral and in writing).
  7. Functions autonomously and takes responsibility for managing professional practices, work, processes or systems; Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of contemporary environmental and social issues in the regional and global context.
  8. Inculcate a passion for life-long learning and self-education; Learn from experiences gained in different contexts and apply new knowledge and skills into practice; Demonstrate professional integrity and ethical responsibility.
  9. Take responsibility and act to formulate creative solutions to complex problems

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (CHEG) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of CHEG Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in CHEG degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in CHEG program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in CHEG Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
CHEG Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in CHEG must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The M.Sc. in CHEG degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 4 core courses, and the CHEG research seminar course which has zero credit rating. The courses are specified below.

Program Core Courses (12 credits):

It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses:

  • CHEG 610 Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • CHEG 620 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHEG 630 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • CHEG 640 Transport Phenomena

ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The CHEG program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • CHEG 604/WENV 604 Desalination
  • CHEG 606/WENV 606 Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • CHEG 611 Polymer Reaction Engineering
  • CHEG 621 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
  • CHEG 622 Process Simulation and Optimization
  • CHEG 623 Systems Engineering
  • CHEG 631 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEG 641 Multiphase Flow
  • CHEG 642 Separation Processes
  • CHEG 643 Colloids and Interfacial Science
  • CHEG 644 Consequence analysis of chemical releases
  • CHEG 651 Combustion and Air Pollution Control
  • CHEG 652 Advanced Process Control
  • CHEG 653 Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes
  • CHEG 654 Chemical Process Safety
  • CHEG 655 Air Quality Management
  • CHEG 656 Experimental Design
  • CHEG 657 Materials Engineering and Corrosion
  • CHEG 658 Polymer Properties and Processing
  • CHEG 659 Engineering Design for Process Safty
  • CHEG 694 Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering

Master’s Thesis

CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of CHEG, under the direct supervision of a main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the CHEG Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in CHEG program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • CHEG Core course 1
  • CHEG Core course 2
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • CHEG Core course 3
  • CHEG Core course 4
  • Elective course 2
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • CHEG Core course 1
  • CHEG Core course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • CHEG Core course 3
  • CHEG Core course 4
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective course 3
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis
  • CHEG 699 Master’s Thesis