School of Engineering

Chemical Engineering: MPhil, PhD

Chemical Engineering Research Programmes

Our research postgraduate programmes allow you to work on your own area of specialism, or collaborate with academic and industry units.

Chemical Engineering research degrees

Students on Chemical Engineering MPhil and PhD degrees come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including:

  • statisticians
  • mathematicians
  • electrical engineers
  • chemists
  • physicists
  • chemical and process engineers


Many students 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


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. Many work in universities as researchers.

A postgraduate qualification can also lead to opportunities in other sectors such as computing, finance and management.