MTECH CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

The Master of Technology (MTech) programme in Chemical Engineering is designed to deepen the competencies of prospective graduates in chemical engineering practices as well as equipping them with applied research skills for employment in industry, academia or for self-employment. It is a two year programme which seeks to prepare graduates for various career paths and life-long learning to enable them contribute to national development. Students acquire advanced knowledge in Chemical Engineering and related disciplines for innovation, applied research and technology transfer. It inculcate in students the professional profiles of the chemical engineer and demands from industry through industrial collaboration, seminars, field trips, industrial attachment and research focusing on life-problems in industry. It also serves as a bridge for ambitious students to pursue terminal degrees in Chemical Engineering and related disciplines.

Aims, Objectives and Intended Outcomes of the Programme

Aims of the Programme

The programme is an advanced course aimed at providing in-depth knowledge and practical skills in chemical engineering to perform professional tasks and conduct applied research.

Objectives of the Programme

The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. Acquire in Chemical Engineering and related disciplines to conduct applied research in emerging trends in the chemical and allied industry.
  2. Equip students with practical skills to formulate chemical products, develop and optimize processes.
  3. Train students to gain technical know-how, enabling them to identify and solve existing problems in industry.
  4. Acquire critical and analytical skills needed to perform professional task in the chemical and allied industry.
  5. Provide students with the requisite tools for their academic profession.

Learning Outcomes

The following are the expected outcomes of the programme. Students will be able to:

  1.  Apply the knowledge gained in Chemical Engineering and related disciplines in industry.
  2.  Formulate chemical products, develop and optimize processes in industry.
  3. Identify and solve problems faced by chemical and allied industries.
  4. Utilize critical thinking and analytical skills in performing tasks in industry.
  5.  Apply, with little supervision, the skills acquired in any chemical and allied industries.
  6.  Carry out independent, applied research and be able to disseminate findings through report writings, publications and conference/seminar presentations

Admission requirements

  1. Candidates for the programme must possess a BTech or B.Sc. Chemical Engineering or equivalent qualification and in addition a minimum of one (1) year post-graduation or equivalent industrial experience.

       a. Preference will be given to applicants with 1st Class and 2nd Class Upper Honours. First Class/Second Class Upper Division B.Tech/B.Sc Chemical Engineering applicants will be admitted without the post-graduation industrial experience.

       2. Applicants with a second class (lower division) or lower qualifications will have to pass an interview before admission into the programme.

      3. Applicants with other engineering and chemistry backgrounds would be required to take relevant chemical engineering courses as prerequisites.

Course Structure

First Year                                                                                                     

Table 1: Year 1Semester 1 Courses                                                              

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 601

Transport Phenomena

4

0

4

CHE 603

Chemical Process Control

3

0

3

CHE 605

Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

3

0

3

CHE 607

Mathematics for Engineers

3

0

3

CHE 6xx

Elective 1

2

0

2

Total

15

0

15

Table 2: Year 1Semester 2 Courses

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 602

Reactor Design & Analysis

3

0

3

CHE 604

Research Methodology

3

0

3

CHE 606

Process Optimisation

3

0

3

CHE 608

Entrepreneurship

3

0

3

CHE 6XX

Elective 11

2

0

2

CHE 610

Seminar I

0

4

2

Total

14

4

16

C= Credits, P= Practicals, T= Theory & Tutorials

1 Hour = 1 credit for Theory & Tutorials for the entire programme

2 Hours = 1 credit for Practicals for the entire programme

 

Table 3: Year 1Semester 1 (Electives 1) Courses

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 609

Petroleum Refining Engineering

2

0

2

CHE 611

Food Processing Technology

2

0

2

CHE 613

Polymers & Engineering Materials???

2

0

2

CHE 617

Hazardous Waste Management

2

0

2

CHE 619

Industrial Pollution Control

2

0

2

 

Table 4: Year 1Semester 2 (Electives 2) Courses

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 612

Pulp & Paper Technology

2

0

2

CHE 614

Bioenergy Engineering

2

0

2

CHE 616

Minerals Processing

2

0

2

CHE 618

Industrial Safety Management

2

0

2

CHE 620

Pollution Prevention

2

0

2

 

Second Year 

Table 5: Year 2 Semester 1 Courses

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 701

Internship

0

32

12

CHE 703

MTech Thesis I

0

12

6

Total

2

44

18

 

Table 6: Year 2 Semester 2 Courses

Code

Course of Study

Hours/Week

T

P

C

CHE 702

MTech Thesis II 

0

36

18

Total

0

36

18

C= Credits, P= Practical, T= Theory & Tutorials

1Hour = 1 credit for Theory & Tutorials for the entire programme

2Hours = 1 credit for Practical for the entire programme

6 Hours = 1 credit hour for internship

 

Employment Prospects

Graduates from the programme can gain employment in the following sectors and industries:

i. Academia and research institutions

ii. Regulatory institutions (Food and Drugs Authority, Energy Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Factories Inspectorate Division, etc.)

iii. Industry, principally, the following chemical and allied industries;

  • Soaps and detergents industries
  • Polymers and plastics industries
  • Paper and pulp industries
  • Food and drinks industry
  • Cement industries
  • Mineral processing industries
  • Water treatment and production industries
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare industries
  • Personal care products industries
  • Metals processing industries
  • Garments and textiles industries
  • Fertilizer and agrochemicals industries
  • Petrochemicals and energy industries
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Biorefinery industries
Duration: 
2 years
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