PhD Chemical and Process Engineering Research

With the oldest continuing chemical engineering programme in England, our School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is highly respected and our academics possess a wealth of experience and expertise in the subject.

Key course information

Entry requirements
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Start date
October 2024
4 years
UK fees
Overseas fees

Why choose this

Our interdisciplinary research work involves activities with cross-cutting themes, investigating materials and devices with the Advanced Technology Institute while addressing challenges in information technology.

The Centre for Advanced Process Intensification offers a research platform for sustainable manufacturing, leading to the development of new and improved concepts of processing methods, and equipment for chemical and energy conversion systems.

Research in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is highly multidisciplinary and we enjoy excellent collaborations with materials science, the Ion Beam Centre, the Surrey Space Centre, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability and the 5G/6G Innovation Centre, as well as access to their facilities.

You’ll benefit from comprehensive training and transferable skills development offered through the Doctoral College, which serves to support your future career and create a friendly social environment. You’ll have opportunities to present and exchange your research, as well as socialise and network at various events and forums. We have an excellent graduate employability record: 100 per cent of our chemical and process engineering postgraduate research students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).

The University’s strengths in chemical engineering include membrane filtration and ultrasound processing. Key members in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering have extensive expertise in these areas and strong industry links, with projects looking into the implementation of water processing technology.

The University of Surrey ranks 4th in the UK and 17th in the world for petroleum engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, we rank 15th in the UK for research power for engineering and top 20 in the UK for the overall quality of research outputs (research papers and other published works).

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