Chemical Engineering Science MRes

Postgraduate combined research and teaching degree programme in Chemical Engineering Science MRes

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors.  It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.  

Birmingham is a friendly, self-confident, School which has one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering expertise in the UK.  The School is consistently in the top five chemical engineering schools for research in the country.  

It has a first-class reputation in learning, teaching and research, and is highly placed in both The Guardian and The Times league tables.  

Selected modules from our taught programmes can be combined with an extended research project to obtain an MRes degree. This is a strongly research-orientated qualification and provides excellent training for further research in industry or academia.

Programme content

Taught modules support the development of both research and transferable skills. All students take a set of compulsory modules and a selection of optional modules of their choice (subject to timetabling) in addition to their research project.

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This is a one year, full-time programme comprising a major research project and six taught modules which are taken intermittently throughout the year.

Taught modules

These support the development of both research and transferable skills. All students take a set of compulsory modules and a selection of optional modules of their choice (subject to timetabling).

Compulsory taught modulesCredits
Process engineering fundamentals 10
Measurement techniques 10
Effective Project Management 10
Presentation and communication skills/team skills development 10
Optional taught modules (20 or 30 credits)
Bioscience for graduates from other scientific disciplines 10
Cell factories 10
Bioseparations 20
Bioreaction engineering 10
Molecular delivery 10
Characterisation of structured fluids 10
Interfacial physics and chemistry 10
Mathematical modelling of time-dependent processes  10
From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products 10
Design and development of drug delivery systems 10
Powder technology 10
Developing food structure through thermal processing 10
Hygienic food processing 10
Food flavour 10
Modern genome based bioscience 10
Nanochemistry 10
Materials Characterisation 10
Project 120

† This module is compulsory for students without an appropriate engineering degree. Students with relevant prior experience will take an additional 10 credits from the optional modules.

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Fees and funding

Standard fees apply.  The programme is in fee band B for international students.
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Scholarships and studentships
Sources of funding may include the EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), the European Union and industrial funding for UK and EU students.International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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Entry requirements

The normal entrance qualification for MRes study is either at least an upper second-class Honours degree, or a first degree of a lower classification, along with an MSc or evidence of substantial relevant industrial experience.

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International entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

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This is a one year, full-time programme comprising a major research project and six taught modules which are taken intermittently throughout the year. 

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