Postgraduate PhD degree - Chemical Engineering PhD/MSc by research:
We offer a broad range of research specialisms in Chemical Engineering, with specialist pathways in: Bioprocessing, Energy and Chemical Industries, Food, Health and Nutrition, and Speciality Products.
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.
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“I was also pleased with the support I got at the beginning of the course and the freedom to experiment and plan the research on my own. I am free to plan my own experiments, but in case there is a problem I can always get support.”
We offer a broad range of research specialisms in Chemical Engineering, with specialist pathways in:
Tuition Fees 2017/18 academic year:
- £4,180 UK/EU students, full-time
- £2,090 UK/EU students, part-time
- £19,710 International students, full-time
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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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The normal entry qualification for PhD study is either a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (eg, Chemical/Biochemical Engineering or any Physical Sciences subject) or a first degree of a lower classification, along with an MSc or evidence of substantial relevant industrial experience.
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We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.
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Our mission is to carry out research of the highest academic quality, which is novel, challenging and relevant to users.
The School of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham is one of the three largest centres for the postgraduate education of chemical engineers in the UK. We have pioneered development and research in rapidly expanding new areas such as pharmaceuticals and bioproducts, food processing, hydrogen fuel cells and energy research, as well as having leading-edge groups in fluid and particle mechanics. Staff within the School have a wide range of expertise in fields such as tissue engineering, supercritical fluid processing, mathematical modelling and pharmaceutical engineering.
The University values its doctoral researchers and recognises their importance within the academic community. We constantly strive to develop and enhance the services, facilities and opportunities available to you and the School has benefited from over five million pounds investment in buildings, infrastructure and equipment over the last ten years.
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