Postgraduate Study

Taught Programmes

The School runs a number of popular taught postgraduate programmes that are designed to allow students to specialise in specific areas or to undertake conversion courses to broaden their employment prospects.

All our MSc programmes tackle areas of practical current relevance and are industrial facing in terms of taught content and research project coverage. The majority of programmes are full time study, although specific modules may be taken for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Research Programmes

Candidates pursuing MPhil and PhD degrees in our School come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, eg statisticians, mathematicians, electrical engineers, chemists, physicists and of course, chemical and process engineers.

Many of them work on projects in collaboration with other schools in the University, external institutions and with numerous companies, many of which are household names.

These collaborative projects reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the research work carried out in our School. They cover a wide range of activities such as food processing; water treatment systems; process intensification technology; solvent extraction; polymer reactors; process modelling and control; design of electrochemical reactors and fuel cells; clean technology.

EngD Programme

In addition, we offer a prestigious Engineering Doctorate programme which combines research and industrial training in leading edge scientific and engineering techniques like Quality by Design and Process Analytical Technology which aim to more rapidly progress biopharmaceutical products through the development chain.


This Engineering Doctorate provides an opportunity to gain industrial experience and training, while at the same time studying for a research degree within the University.

All our courses are taught within a dynamic and friendly postgraduate community.

We provide state-of-the-art facilities and support to our students and have well established links with Industry.

Our graduates have a good record of finding employment. Their expertise and knowledge are required in many industrial sectors: from the production of silicon chips and new materials to the manufacture and processing of bulk chemicals and polymers; as well as in Universities as researchers. A postgraduate qualification can also lead to opportunities in other sectors such as computing, finance and management.

Further information:

  • How to apply to our School as a postgraduate research student
  • Take a virtual tour of the School and our facilities
  • A number of scholarships are available for the postgraduate programmes
  • View a video of the experience of students studying a postgraduate research degrees in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials