Chemical Engineering PhD/MSc by research

Start date
Research degrees can start at any time by agreement with the supervisor
Duration
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time. MSc by Research: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Doctoral research
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
£4,500 (UK students)
£23,580 (International Students)
Further fee information is available.

Chemical Engineering at Birmingham is one of the largest departments in the UK, we have a well-established tradition of wide-ranging experimental research. From fighting antimicrobial resistance with honey to creating healthier chocolate, our research captures some of the most pressing, yet relatable, issues today.

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Information for future students and applicants

In order to maintain our position as one of the major centres for engineering research in Europe, we seek to recruit excellent research students to assist us in building our world-leading portfolio. 

Many of our research projects involve collaboration with industrial and government organisations and the quality of our research is reflected by our rating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). In the most recent assessment, 87% of the research in the School was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. It was also ranked joint fourth overall in the UK for its research prowess and first nationally for research impact.

We offer a broad range of research specialisms in Chemical Engineering, with research themes in Formulation EngineeringEnergy and Healthcare Technologies.

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.

Karolis Virzbickas, PhD Chemical Engineering

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Fees

Annual Tuition Fees 2021/22 academic year

  • £4,500 UK students, full-time
  • £2,250 UK students, part-time
  • £23,580 International students, full-time

Note: Fees to be confirmed by RCUK spring 2021. Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.

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Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

Further information is available at the student finance zone.

Scholarships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

  

How To Apply

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Our Standard Requirements

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. Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements



International Students

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

 

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

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 healthcare technologies

Research Themes

  • Formulation Engineering
    We are developing solutions to problems facing industries in the food, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, fast moving consumer goods and speciality products.
  • Energy
    Improving quality of life demands the supply of increasing amounts of energy and consumer chemicals, whilst at the same time global warming has become a major cause for concern. The Energy research theme addresses the challenges of introducing the hydrogen economy to replace the current reliance on carbon-based fuels.
  • Healthcare Technologies
    Our experts are working together to advance new technologies and treatments that enable people to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

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