M.Tech Chemical Engineering (Master of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering) is a course primarily concentrating on areas such as thermodynamics, transfer operations and process control. It is structured to cover important areas of the scope of this subject, such as the maintenance and design of chemical plants. M.Tech Chemical Engineering is a two year programme with four semesters. Many institutes offer provisions for students to enroll part – time in the case of working candidates. The course also involves extensive project and research work for credits.
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In order to pursue this course, candidates need a minimum eligibility of a pass (50%) in an undergraduate B.Tech programme in Chemical Engineering. The Indian Institutes of Technology also include GATE scores as an eligibility criterion. Graduates with this degree can enter the research field, or even industrial work; lecturer and teaching jobs are also a popular option.
|Name of the course (both full name and short form)||Master of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering (M.Tech Chemical Engineering)|
|Duration of the course||2 years|
|Eligibility||Passed 10+2 with minimum 50% marks in physics, chemistry and mathematics as main subjects.|
|Average course fee||INR 50K to 1.5 lakh|
|Average entry-level salary||INR 3 lakh per annum|
|Top entrance exams (if available)||GATE|
The M.Tech in Chemical Engineering course is considered to be the engineering equivalent of an M.Phil in the Humanities sphere. It primarily focuses upon the applications of concepts learnt at the undergraduate level, and extending these applications through research study.
Candidates opting for this course should have a strong background in the basic concepts being covered. This includes fluid dynamics, process control, semi-conductor processing and other such topics. The course is heavily research oriented, and only those interested in entering this field are advised to opt for this course.
The course is a two year programme, usually following the semester system, i.e. a total of four semesters. This includes certain time periods set aside for Project Work and Research Work.
The primary institutes that offer the M.Tech in Chemical Engineering programme are the elite Indian Institutes of Technology. This course continues to be highly popular in a number of institutes across the country as well.
|Name of the Institute||City/Region|
|Indian Institute of Technology||Bombay (Mumbai), Kanpur, Guwahati|
|Manipal Institute of Technology||Udupi, Karnataka|
|Indian Institute of Space and Technology||Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala|
|Institute of Chemical Technology||Mumbai, Maharashtra|
Most institutes state minimum eligibility to be an undergraduate B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering. - The Indian Institutes of Technology have the added eligibility criteria of a valid GATE score, which is only relaxed for those who have obtained their B.Tech from an IIT with a CGPA of more than 8.0/10 as well.
Note- Some institutes allow the equivalent forms of B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, such as a B.E. in the same field.
The selection process generally consists of a written examination and an interview thereafter.
The admission process differs depending on the institute, but the general structure remains the same.
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Students who graduate with an M.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering have a multitude of prospects available to them. This ranges from industrial work to research work, and are usually believed to offer a starting salary in the range of Rs. 50,000, which may increase with experience and specialization.
|Process Engineer||Analyzing and working with the process systems||>4,00,000 annually|
|Lecturers||Teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level||>30,000 monthly|
|Engineers in Oil and gas Industry etc.||Implementing various systems in the industry||>25,000 monthly|
|Engineers (with experience) in industry such as Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology etc.||Application oriented contributions to the functioning of the company||>35,000 monthly|
The M. Tech in Chemical Engineering course does not have a fixed structure across institutions, except for the semester system. It is highly based on specializations and practical work. Therefore, the course is structured around a credit system, with no set pattern of examinations or other such processes being universally defined.
Almost all courses, however, do dedicate at least one full semester to project work and research work, in the field of specialization chosen.
There is no fixed scheme of assessment, as the specializations may differ, and the method of assessment for each depends on the institution, the course and the lecturer. The assessment pattern is based on the credit system, with most considering this course to be a 60-credit course across its four semesters.
Project work and contributions to research hold significant weightage in the overall CGPA obtained, as do practical and industrial work.
The syllabus is structured around the required basics of the course, while allotting sufficient time to project work and industrial applications. Semester 3 and Semester 4 are generally dedicated to project work and research work, which earn around 12 credits per semester. A sample of the syllabus generally followed is as seen below.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Advanced Process Control||Advances in Fluidization Engineering|
|Process Modelling and Simulation||Chemical Process Design|
|Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design||Advanced Transport Phenomena|
|Chemical Engineering Lab||Electives (3)|