MSc students on Advanced Process Integration and Design course in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester
AbdulMalik Ajenifuja

Aside from the immense knowledge I am gaining, the reputation of The University of Manchester is also sure to open doors for me in terms of my future career as a process engineer.

How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?

I had been interested in large chemical processes since I did an internship in the sophomore year of my undergraduate program. When the time came to look for options for my MSc, I wanted a university which was very active in process design and integration. Initially, based on reputation I shortlisted The University of Manchester, UCL, and Imperial college of London. After taking a closer look, The University of Mancheste emerged a clear frontrunner. Its pilot plant, its centre for process integration, and its process integration research consortium (with companies including ExxonMobil, shell, and BP) really grabbed my attention, and it wasn’t very long into a meeting I had arranged with Mr. Simon Perry before I decided on coming to Manchester.

What were your first impressions of the university and the city?

Manchester is actually a very small city, albeit very beautiful, with a mix of Victorian buildings and modern structures. They’re so many nice places to visit like The John Rylands Library, Manchester Museum, The Lowry art gallery, Salford Quays and Old Trafford! And one more thing, don’t forget to bring an umbrella along, it never stops raining in Manchester.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

The course is very intense, there’s so much information to grasp in a relatively short period. The course modules are structured to reflect current industry practices, and also the latest research available in the respective fields. Lecturers also make efforts to engage students during lectures, and this makes the sessions more interactive and enjoyable, as well as being informative.

How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?

The University of Manchester is one of the best universities in the world; and a proven frontrunner in the area of process integration and design. Doing a master’s programme allows me access to cutting edge research and developments in the field of process integration. Aside from the immense knowledge I’m gaining, the reputation of the University of Manchester is also sure to open doors for me in terms of my future career as a process engineer. 

What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?

The MSc programme in Advanced Process Integration and Design is quite challenging, initially more so for those who have no experience in industry, as you’re exposed to many new concepts relating to, and illustrated with their application in industry. Don’t be shy to approach the lecturers to seek help. They’re all very nice and welcoming, and always willing to do anything they can to support their students; make use of them.

I’d definitely recommend this programme to anyone aspiring to a career as a process engineer, especially those interested in areas like the refining and petrochemicals industry.

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