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Join our accredited degree and become a world-class process safety engineer.

You can also study this degree full-time on campus.

Process safety protects society. With this degree, you’ll gain the skills to prevent and control events that can potentially release hazardous materials and energy.

  • Learn to understand and manage risk.
  • Study current industry trends.
  • Train in the tools and processes engineers use to identify, assess and control risk across industries.

You’ll graduate with detailed knowledge of operational safety, risk assessment and management. And you’ll be ready to seek work across a multitude of chemical processing sectors.

You’ll study flexibly, part-time, with a university recognised as a major centre for safety engineering in the UK. We’ve been focused on safety-related teaching and research for over 25 years.

This online MSc is open to students with a background in chemical, petroleum or mechanical engineering.

ICheme Internationally Accredited Degree

Accredited by the IChemE

This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

It’s the leading professional qualifying body for chemical, biochemical and process engineers.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree. You can build your way to a qualification one short course at a time.

How will I study?

MSc Process Safety is delivered part-time online.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Specialist software

On this degree, you’ll be given access to and training in a range of software used throughout industry. You’ll learn to use UniSim, Aspen Plus, Aspen HYSYS, Anysys Fluent, MATLAB and MATLAB Simulink.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of internationally experienced engineers, academics and industry professionals. Your degree content is designed and supported by an industry advisory board, made up of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds. You’ll benefit from direct industry input via guest lectures and industry-supported projects.


This degree usually combines online assessment with written exams that you attend in person.

However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place in 2020. For your September 2020 term, you’ll be assessed entirely online.

From January 2021 onwards, we are planning to reintroduce in-person exams, meaning you’ll be assessed as usual, via a mixture of online assessment and in-person exams at the end of each term. We’ll keep all students updated as to assessment methods well in advance of any changes to this.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?


You’ll graduate from this degree as a fully qualified process safety engineer.

You’ll be able to seek work across chemical processing sectors, in roles including:

  • Chemical Engineer
  • HSSE Lead Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk and Safety Manager
  • Safety Engineer.

Safety will always remain one of the most important areas of focus for industry. There will be continuous demand for your skills around the world.

Global opportunities

Your qualification will be recognised by industry employers around the globe. Our engineering graduates have moved into successful international careers. Many have progressed to senior roles in industry, some to CEO and MD level.

Wherever your new career takes you, you’re likely to have a fellow University of Aberdeen graduate engineer working with you. Our School of Engineering truly is a global family network.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next two academic years (2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fee above includes these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements


  • A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering
  • or a 2:1 in Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering with evidence of your strengths in key aspects of Chemical Engineering.

You can also apply if you have:

  • a high 2:2 honours degree in Engineering and at least two years’ relevant industry experience.

Key subjects you must have covered: Mathematics and Thermodynamics.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit dissertation to gain your MSc.

Our online degrees are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.


Typically, it takes 27 months to complete the MSc part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the MSc if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost


This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply for this programme

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January or September

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over three years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal