MPhil / PhD Programmes

PhD Programme Structure

The usual duration of a PhD degree at UCL is three calendar years full-time. Students are registered initially for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree. The progress of each student will be monitored and reviewed according to the guidance established by the UCL Graduate School, and transfer for registration from the MPhil to a PhD is conditional on satisfactory academic performance. All first-year students will be encouraged to attend the Skills Development programme offered by the UCL Graduate School.

After a period of 12 months from first registration, research students will be assessed for their suitability for transfer of their registration to the PhD degree. This is done via examination of a 20 000 words MPhil Transfer thesis. Registration is usually retrospective to the start of their original MPhil programme.

EngD Programme Structure

The usual duration of an EngD degree is four calendar years full-time. This includes an MRes (Master of Research) which consists of a taught element including specialist scientific courses, professional skills and project management courses, plus a substantial research element (representing nearly 60%).

An EngD (Research Engineers) Degree is expected to have a more substantial industrial involvement than a PhD Degree. The EngD students can spend up to 75% of their time in industry undertaking a project, or portfolio of projects, relevant to the needs of the industrial sponsor, and 25% in the department at UCL.

Students that apply are registered for the MRes in year 1. If successful in the MRes, students are registered for an MPhil in year 2; if successful in the MPhil upgrade, then progress to year 3 and are registered for the EngD.

Entry requirements

Students with at least an upper second-class Honours Master Level degree or its overseas equivalent in a related applied or science subject from an approved university will be considered for the MRes/MPhil/PhD or EngD degree. Students with industrial experience in addition to a suitable degree are particularly welcome.


Before entry to the department a student will have chosen, or have been allocated to, a supervisor with whom full and continuous contact must be maintained throughout the research. In addition, a second member of the academic staff will be appointed as an adviser and subsidiary supervisor. He or she will be able to assist in monitoring progress, and to provide technical support and advice at any stage, especially in the absence of the principal supervisor. The Departmental Postgraduate tutors look after the welfare of the students and assist with the monitoring of the students’ progress. The UCL Graduate School E-log is used to provide a record of the students’ progress with their research and their meetings with the supervisors.

Required standard of the doctorate degree

The required standard of the doctorate degree is that of a distinct and original contribution to basic knowledge of the subject. The student will be required to show initiative and resourcefulness in overcoming both theoretical and practical difficulties by devising novel ways and means of achieving objectives that elude the more conventional approaches to them.

In one sense, studying for the PhD is a test of initiative and of the student’s ability to accept responsibility and bring a task to a satisfactory conclusion. Straightforward developmental work, coupled with a critical survey of the previous work, although important, is not sufficient for a PhD degree.

How to apply

To make an application please go to UCL's main site for Prospective Students and select How to Apply, where you can choose between the options of applying online, downloading the application materials, or having the application package sent to your address on request.

Your completed application should be submitted to UCL Admissions.

For further information, please contact:
Katy Le Lion
Senior Finance Administrator (PhD Administration & Post Award)
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE, UK

WEB: www.ucl.ac.uk/chemeng/
EMAIL: k.lion@ucl.ac.uk
TEL: +44 (0)20 7679 3838
FAX: +44 (0)20 7383 2348

Admissions contact details

PhD Admissions Tutor:
Dr Ozgur Yazaydin
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE, UK

EMAIL: ozgur.yazaydin@ucl.ac.uk
TEL: +44 (0)20 7679 3439
FAX: +44 (0)20 7383 2348

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