PhD programme in Chemical Engineering

PhD students The PhD in Chemical Engineering is a 3.5-year research degree which may be undertaken in one of the Department's research themesacademic research groups and/or research centres and institutes.


PhD programme information


Electronic versions of the application forms as well as an online application form, together with full instructions for their completion, are available on the College's admissions pages.

For PhD applicants who fulfil the College requirement, your details will be circulated to prospective research supervisors and you may then receive one or more offers of PhD projects. Applicants should correspond directly with prospective supervisors before reaching a final decision.

To register your interest in a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering, please send an email to

Financial support and scholarships

The Department of Chemical Engineering has a number of fully-funded scholarships available for outstanding PhD applicants. A number of research council-funded studentships are also available to eligible students. Other sources of financial support for PhD students include bursaries and research assistantships funded by industry or the European Union. Since such support is usually linked to specific research areas, details are best obtained by contacting individual members of staff directly or by consulting the opportunities page, where details of available studentships can also be found. 

Research areas

The Department adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research, with interests ranging from fundamentals to practical applications.  The research activities of the Department fall into at least one of the following nine research themes:

Key stages during PhD registration

Upon arrival

  • registration with the College (online) and with the Department (Postgraduate Office)
  • attend any relevant safety inductions, familiarise yourself with the departmental safety documentation and take all necessary tests
  • if you are a non-native speakers of English, you will need to fulfil the Postgraduate English Requirement as soon as possible after enrolling onto your PhD.

Research plan (0-1 month)

  • title and objectives of your research project
  • a more detailed plan for the first year
  • courses and training to be taken
  • to be submitted to the Postgraduate Administrator within 1 month of initial registration

Early stage review (8-9 months)

  • PhD confirmation report to be submitted to Postgraduate Administrator 7-8 months after initial registration
  • oral presentation and exam (30 mins presentation followed by oral exam assessed by your academic mentor)
  • 2 professional skills courses plus the online plagiarism awareness course
  • summary of 3 seminars in the Distinguished Seminar Series
  • further English test if required after initial test

Late stage review (18-21 months)

  • summary of your achievements so far
  • final year research plan
  • 2 additional professional skills courses
  • summary of 3 more seminars in the Distinguished Seminar Series
  • LSR viva with your academic mentor

Further information


The teaching and research laboratories are exceptionally well equipped and fully backed by comprehensive technical services. First-class computing facilities are provided.

Employment prospects

Our graduates quickly go on to jobs including industry, academic and related, consulting, finance, software and many other sectors.


Each PhD student has both a supervisor and an additional mentor of the academic staff. The progress of research students is carefully monitored throughout the period of study.