This short course aims to familiarise delegates with the principles, equipment design and operating characteristics of typical unit operations in process plants within chemical, petrochemical, water, oil and gas industries. Read more Read less

The course includes an in-depth case study and workshop for current application of the theory.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course runs over five days and includes lectures, case studies and a workshop on Process Design and Operation. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of operating characteristics of typical unit operations,
  • Carry out design calculations for a wide range of unit operations,
  • Propose the most appropriate selection of unit operations and operating conditions for a process plant for a given application.

Core content

  • Overview of Process Plant Operations,
  • Stirred Tanks,
  • Evaporators,
  • Crystallisers,
  • Dryers,
  • Thickeners,
  • Filters,
  • Centrifugal Separators,
  • Distillation,
  • Case Study – Ammonia Synthesis.

Who should attend

This course will be of particular interest to engineers or researchers in the chemical, petrochemical, water, oil and gas industries.


This short course is a module of the MSc in Process Systems Engineering which is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Only one discount is applicable per booking.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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