Chemical Engineering

Our research and postgraduate training is directed at finding ways to meet the increasing demand for energy and raw materials whilst protecting the environment.

The School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials seeks to improve existing technologies and practices by developing novel materials, intensifying production processes and introducing new monitoring and control strategies.

We also work on new methodologies of production such as using energy from renewable resources, carbon capture and storage, and finding new catalysts, chemical routes and materials.

The School has close links with industry both in terms of working collaboratively on projects and in developing postgraduate programmes that meet the training needs of the sector.


Specialist facilities and laboratory equipment includes:

• upstream reaction and downstream recovery equipment
• fermentation monitoring and control equipment
• bioreactors and microfluidics,
• spectroscopic instrumentation such as NIR
• part-automated fuel cell testing rigs
•  pilot scale spinning disk
• gasification and electrochemical reactors.

The research and development of novel catalysts and materials for a range of applications is supported by characterisation techniques such as XPS, SEM and XRD which exist within the School.

Taught Programmes

The modules and research projects available through our MSc and Diploma programmes (see degree list below) draw on our research expertise, providing you with a direct link to the latest developments in the sector.

Many of our programmes offer flexible part-time study options and modules that can be taken on a one-off basis for career and professional development. This enables scientists and engineers to fit advanced postgraduate training around their current work commitments.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

PhD and MPhil Study

Staff and students are based in the School or a relevant University research centre and institute.

MPhil and PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

• energy systems, sustainability and environment
• process intensification and applied catalysis
• electrochemical engineering and fuel cells
• process analytics and control
• process modelling
• biomimetic and smart materials, nanoscale materials, nanotoxicology and nanofluidics.

Often, MPhil and PhD students work on collaborative projects alongside other more experienced researchers. Project partners can include other universities, research institutions or companies such as British Gas, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Nestlé, BASF, Sellafield, BP Chemicals and Shell.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: