Postgraduate

Chemical Engineering MPhil, PhD

Chemical Engineering MPhil, PhD

MPhil - full time: minimum 12 months, part time minimum 24 months
PhD - full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months, part time: for staff minimum 72 months
PhD combined - full time: minimum 48 months with 12 months of full time study at the University in periods of a three month duration

Profile

The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering attract students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as statistics, maths, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics. You may work on multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues across the University or from external organisations.

Research in the School of Engineering is cross-disciplinary and our strategy is to ensure that our research groups grow and provide a balanced portfolio of activities for the future. This is achieved in part through MPhil and PhD supervision.

Advanced materials

Every article, instrument, machine or device we use depends for its success upon materials, design and effective production.  We work on a wide range of materials topics including:

  • new material development
  • optimising of materials processing
  • testing and evaluation at component scale and at high spatial resolution
  • modelling
  • failure analysis

Much of our work relates to materials and processes for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage. We also use biological and bio-inspired processes to develop new functional materials.

The Group Head is Professor Lidija Siller.

Achievements

Since 2008 we have:

  • won over £3m in research funding from EPSRC, EU and industry
  • published more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings
  • seen more than 20 PhD students graduate
  • delivered more than 40 invited, keynote and plenary talks at International Conferences including a plenary at Nanoscale Multilayers, Madrid 2013 (Bull)

Process intensification

Process intensification is the philosophy that processes can often be made smaller, more efficient and safer using new process technologies and techniques, resulting in order of magnitude reductions in the size of process equipment. This leads to substantial capital cost savings and often a reduction in running costs.

The Group Head is Professor Adam Harvey. Professor Harvey's research focuses on Oscillatory Baffled Reactors (OBRs), biofuel processing and heterogeneous catalysis.

Achievements

The group's research income since 2008 is approximately £9 million, from a diverse range of funders including the:

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Union
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Carbon Trust

Notable grants include an EPSRC Platform grant, involvement in two SUPERGEN projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. The group is also active in a number of areas of EPSRC's recently established Catalysis Research Hub.

We have:

  • seen 20 PhD students graduating from the group
  • 130 Publications
  • 2,500 citations
  • given over 50 invited talks
  • 20 visiting researchers
  • received the IChemE Brennan Medal 2008 (Reay and Harvey)

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for Chemical Engineering - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Working with industry

Industrial involvement is a part of some PhDs and covers 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

Related Degrees

  • Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc, PGDip

    Our Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc, PGDip gives scientists and engineers with an understanding of sustainable engineering practices the opportunity to work with researchers in the field of new energy technologies. This includes areas such as fuel cells and gasification, process intensification and new advanced materials.

  • Applied Process Control MSc, PGDip

    The Applied Process Control MSc/PGDip will qualify you to manage the challenges of modern process control and process automation technology. It will provide you with advanced understanding of the principles of chemical engineering, and process control and automation methodologies.

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Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme and Student Support

Our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.

It will help you to develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a good master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Before you apply you should find and contact a research supervisor from the School of Engineering.

Start dates

There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • April
  • September

There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

International students should apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Justine McGruther
Postgraduate Research Administrator
School of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7266
Email: SoE.PGR.ChemEng@ncl.ac.uk

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