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Process Industry Business Management (PIBM)

Please note that this course is not being offered in full-time mode for 2017 entry. If you are interested in similar courses, then please take a look at the Engineering Business Management MSc instead.

Develop a Management Career within the Process and Chemical Industries such as Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Energy and Water.

Designed For

Those who wish to develop management careers in the process and chemical industries. This course is particularly suitable for graduates of chemistry, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, pharmaceutical sciences or related disciplines. Students from other disciplines who wish to move into these sector should contact us directly so we review your suitability for the course on a case by case basis. This course is not sector specific, it delivers the management expertise for industries focusing on industrial processes. It is highly transferable and relevant not just for the chemical and oil and gas industries, but also for industries such as food production, distillaries, power generation, mining and extraction.

We will provide you with

A range of tools and techniques required to manage a process business. You will gain a broad understanding of key systems and business functions and develop a methodical approach to decision making.

You will understand the management and operational requirements of a process business and gain a broad view of industrial processes and process engineering. You will understand the essence of strategic thinking & management and the implications on the local and international environment in which engineering businesses operate.

Course Modules

Financial Analysis & Control Systems Design For The Environment
Business Strategy & Strategic Management Fundamentals of Process Engineering
Logistics & Operations Management Industrial Processes
Project Planning Management & Control Health and Safety, Risk and Environment

Elective Modules

You can choose two electives from the list of elective modules. If you gain exemption from some of the compulsory modules because of prior experience or qualifications, then you may choose more electives.


The project is worth 50% of the final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills.

For this course, the project must be related to the management of companies or processes in the petro-chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, water or other process industry sectors and can address many different aspects of those businesses.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • Oil refinery process technologies
  • Renewable energy from biomass and biofuel
  • Recent development and economic analysis of combined heat and power
  • Hydrogen infrastructure and economy
  • Technical and economic assessments of fuel cells
  • Waste and water treatment processes

Learning Style

Taught material is a blend of formal lectures, seminars and practical exercises and case studies to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the material. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields. Industrial visits are available to all students and the course is assessed through assignments.

After You Graduate

Graduates from this course can expect employment in oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and other process industries as well as a wide range of engineering organisations.

Recent graduates have gone on to work with: AstraZeneca, Kuwait Catalyst Company, Syngenta, York Winery Pvt. Ltd., PZ Cussons.

Contact Us

Admissions Office,, +44 (0)24 7652 3691


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The classes are not only informative and interesting but genuinely enjoyable. Using simulation exercises really helps you develop a true understanding of what is required in real work scenarios. On top of that, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my project in one of the most important energy companies in Europe.

Karol Villamil
MSc Process Industry Business Management

Start Date:
5th October 2015

One year, full time

Tuition Fees
Overseas: £21,280
EU: £11,600

Online (£50 application fee)

Entry Requirements
Bachelor 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent
IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)

Application Deadline
31st August 2015

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