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Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD

Chemical engineering research integrated with basic science, offers great potential for bringing essential understanding and innovative technological solutions to the challenges of the future. To this end, we collaborate widely with various academic and industrial research groups and are partners in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, UCL CoMPLEX and the UCL Materials Chemistry Centre.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
£23,050 (FT) £11,800 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with Meerit, or a minimum of an upper second-class MEng degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research is a core activity in the department, and it covers a broad range of scales from the molecular to the complex systems level. Our work is organised in three research groups: Catalysis & Reaction Engineering, Multiphase Systems and Product& Process Systems Engineering addressing challenges in three research areas: Energy & CO2, Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing and Health & Environment.

Research areas

  • Chemical and catalytic reaction engineering
  • Product and process systems engineering
  • Multiphase systems.

Within these areas, research expertise includes:
  • Catalysis, photo catalysis and electro catalysis
  • Cement chemistry and processing
  • CFD modelling of multiphase flows
  • Computational catalysis
  • Data mining and visualisation
  • Electrochemical engineering
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fuel cells and batteries
  • Functional materials
  • Kinetic modelling
  • Micro reaction technology
  • Molten salts
  • Particle technology (crystallisation and fluidisation)
  • System modelling and optimisation
  • Statistical modelling
  • Thermodynamic modelling
  • Two phase flow
  • X-ray, micro PIV
More information can be found on the department website: Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD


The department receives Research Council awards for outstanding research students.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Recent graduates have secured positions in a wide range of industries, from engineering to finance. Examples of organisations include: Shell Exploration and Production, AMEC, Petrofac, Sun Chemicals, M W Kellogg, Procter and Gamble, Barclays Bank, UBS and HSBC. Others have gone on to lecture at UCL.


Chemical engineering offers great potential for bringing quantitative understanding to the service of the chemical industry. Chemical industry alone is one of the UK's largest manufacturing industries and number one exporter. The skills achieved by our students not only make them employable in the major chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and energy industries, but are also transferable to other sectors including environmental technology, biotechnology and even management and finance. Our graduates have been employed in major industries such as GSK, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Shell, Amec, Tate & Lyle Sugar, as well as continuing successfully in academia.


Extensive networking opportunities are provided through our weekly international departmental seminar series where eminent and worldwide experts from academia and industry talk about their research and development and new cutting-edge applications. The department has strong links with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as other learned societies via the breadth of research undertaken in the department. In addition, career development seminars are embedded in the teaching curriculum and provide the students with an opportunity to learn more about the process and network with their peers as well as invited guests.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Department: Chemical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 34 staff including 47 postdocs › 45 taught students › 95 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemical Engineering

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"London is a multicultural city with a global outlook and attracts the best minds from around the world to study. My research broadly falls into two categories: the development of new computational methodologies for computational systems engineering and the design and implementation of computer interfaces for aiding engineers in the use of advanced computational tools in design. In the course of this research, I have developed the Jacaranda system for automated design and process optimisation."

Professor Eric S Fraga

Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD
UCL Chemical Engineering
Staff view

"UCL is a major centre for research with outstanding access to world-class resources. I am the founder and director of UCL's new Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, sponsored by one of five Frontier Engineering awards given by the EPSRC, with additional support from industry. The centre is interdisciplinary in approach, involving researchers from chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science to architecture and medicine."

Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens

Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD
UCL Chemical Engineering
Staff view

"UCL Chemical Engineering offers an excellent research environment and has a strong reputation in both research and teaching globally, which attracts excellent PhD candidate and researchers. My major research area is solar energy conversion and storage, involving chemistry, physics, materials and engineering. If successful, it will bring the cleanest fuel H2, synthesised from water driven by solar energy to our society, reducing CO2 emissions."

Dr Junwang Tan

Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD
UCL Chemical Engineering

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

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