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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



The M.Phil. Programme is a full-time course occupying one year and is structured as follows:

  1. Michaelmas Term Students come into College residence in Cambridge in late September and attend Department induction in early October. During the Term, students take the compulsory taught module Numerical Methods, and four other modules from a list of core Chemical Engineering and elective subjects.
  2. Lent Term Students take the compulsory taught module Data Analysis, and another four modules from the list supplied.

"The M.Phil. programme in Advanced Chemical Engineering has equipped me with the appropriate transferable skills such as effective communication, problem solving, organising, working to deadlines, management and leadership qualities to compete in the global markets."

Murphy Oduwole, BSc. Chemical Engineering (2007), University of Lagos
The above modules are taught by a combination of formal lectures, demonstrations, discussion classes and example problems, and students are expected to devote at least four evenings per week to private study. The taught material enhances basic knowledge on Chemical Engineering fundamentals, as well as offering experience of other science and business-based disciplines. The courses are assessed by both unseen examination and written coursework. Examples of modules that may be offered are included in the following Tables. The elective courses are taught by academic staff at the Department of Engineering and the Judge Business School.

Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the M.Phil. ACE programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give students the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation.

The changes to the 2020-21 course were:

(a) Lectures, tutorials, workshops, etc. were delivered online;

(b) Written examinations were held online;

(c) Small-scale supervision was provided via either in-person or online delivery.


Whilst the expectation is that in-person teaching will resume in the Michaelmas Term 2021 (and beyond), the Department may have to revert to online teaching, should the public health situation worsten.

It should be noted, however, that certain aspects of the course may be delivered online, to improve the educational experience for students or in the event that a lecturer is unable to give their course in person. Academic staff have been asked to issue a statement at the start of their lecture courses on how they plan to deliver the material.



Fluid Mechanics & the Environment

Electrochemical Engineering

Advanced Transport Processes

Interface Engineering

Adsorption & Advanced Nanoporous Materials


Healthcare Biotechnology

Optical Microscopy

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Biosensors & Bioelectronics



Nuclear Power Engineering

Materials & Molecules: Modelling, Simulation & Machine Learning

Electricity and Environment

Management of Resilient Water Systems

Climate Change Mitigation


Innovation & Strategic Management of IP

Strategic Management

Business Innovation in a Digital Age

International Business


3. March - August During this period students undertake a full-time research project within the University, the results of which are submitted as a dissertation. The research projects are supervised by University staff members, and students will be required to plan and execute their own work. The projects may include extensive industrial collaboration.