The rationale of the course is to enhance the attractiveness to employers of highly capable engineers and scientists. Courses of this type have been shown to make alumni highly appealing to industry, government and academia.The objectives of the course are:
- to provide students with advanced technical skills in Chemical Engineering that will enable them to (a) translate fundamental discoveries in life sciences, materials and other high technology areas to commercial exploitation, and (b) adapt readily to the challenges presented in a diverse range of industrial sectors that can benefit from process engineering approaches;
- to understand how discoveries and other ideas can be exploited effectively, including new company spin-outs, reorganisation of existing company structures and technology licensing, together with the requisite knowledge of raising capital, financing, marketing, environmental legislation and sustainability;
- to apply problem-solving skills within the consultancy environment of a real-world company, particularly with regard to problem definition, team-working, organisation and delivery of objectives within the constraints imposed by the time and information available; and
- to provide the key skills such that students can have the confidence to express their entrepreneurial flair fully should they wish to consider the formation of new companies in their future careers.
"The M.Phil. in ACE gives students a business perspective
into engineering research. The course is set in a very stimulating environment, both inside the programme, where other M.Phil. students create a great study atmosphere, and outside it, where the University and its college system provide a unique experience. The course and my year here exceeded my expectations in every level."