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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


2020/21 academic year updates: impact of covid-19 pandemic

We have considered the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, and can confirm that there will be no changes to the MPhil programme in 2020-21 based on current guidance. As the University has already advised, teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, details tbc. For the MPhil in Biotechnology course, the lab courses will operate although the timings and groupings will be altered to allow for social distancing. 

Our postgraduate courses

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 - an 11-month taught/research programme that offers an interdisciplinary curriculum at the interface of biology with the physical sciences and technology, provides practical and research experience, and promotes transferable skills to train business-savvy scientists and future leaders in biotechnology.