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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.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/chemical-engineering-mphil-phd

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
Overseas:
£25,200 (FT)
£12,890 (PT)


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 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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Overview

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 five research groups: Catalysis & Reaction Engineering, Electrochemical Engineering, Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics, Multiphase Systems and Product & Process Systems Engineering addressing challenges in three research areas: Energy & CO2, Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing and Health & Environment.

Research areas

  • Catalysis & Reaction Engineering
  • Electrochemical Engineering
  • Molecular & Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Multiphase Systems
  • Product & Process Systems Engineering

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

About this degree

Additional costs

The programme may be subject to an Additional Fee Element (AFE). The AFE (also known as a bench fees) is levied to cover the additional costs related to consumables, equipment, materials, attending conferences etc. As each PhD project is unique in nature, the AFE is calculated on a student by student basis and is determined by the academic supervisor. The AFE is banded into four fixed amounts: £1,000, £2,500, £5,000, £10,000 with one further band for variable sums over £10,000.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

The department receives Research Council awards for outstanding research students.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Value:
Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

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

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Networking

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

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"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 review

"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 review

"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."

Professor Junwang Tang

Chemical Engineering MPhil/PhD
UCL Chemical Engineering

Application and next steps

Applications

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

All applicants
30 July 2021

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.


For more information see our Applications page.

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