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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Training the academic, industrial and entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow to tackle global challenges in healthcare, the environment and sustainability.

Our highly international postgraduate community currently comprises around 180 talented students, completing the MPhil or PhD by research in chemical engineering or biotechnology, or are taking one of our three taught Master’s Courses that provide training in business and management as well as in science.

We welcome applications from potential students with First Class and high 2.i academic credentials.

Applications are invited for the following research and taught postgraduate science and business degree programmes.

Research Programmes

For our PhDs and the MPhil* in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology course, students may nominate a supervisor with whom they wish to work as part of the application, but that does it guarantee that the supervisor will agree to supervise.  (*Applicants wishing to pursue the MPhil in Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology should be aware that not all groups are open to such applications; please visit our MPhil page to see which groups can currently consider MPhil applications.) Students are encouraged to consult the Department’s Faculty and specifically the Research Group pages to aid in selecting a prospective supervisor for those courses.  Please be aware that applications without a named supervisor and research proposal have a very low acceptance rate.

Master’s in Science & Business Programmes

  • M.Phil. in Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE) - an 11-month taught course that offers both conventional research experience and knowledge of advanced aspects of chemical engineering, together with essential areas of business administration.
  • M.Phil. in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) -  an intensive, life science business course lasting nine-months that fosters professional business and management skills through a highly interactive curriculum, business engagements, and placements. 
  • M.Phil in Biotechnology - a one-year, full-time course that will equip students with practical skills in biotechnology and provide training in research in biotechnology based on an in-depth multidisciplinary scientific programme.