Chemical and process engineering

Chemical engineers are transforming industries and the world we live in – from creating new biodegradable plastics and improving recycling methods, to developing more cost-effective drugs.

A degree in chemical engineering will inspire and challenge you to cultivate pioneering solutions to global problems.

Surrey’s £1.7 million chemical engineering facility also makes us one of the few universities in the world where you can experience operating a complete chemical engineering process.

We're ranked 5th in the UK and 18th in the world for petroleum engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. And in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), we ranked 15th in the UK for ‘*research power’ in engineering.

* Research power is the overall quality of submissions, calculated by grade point average and multiplied by the full-time equivalent number of staff submitted.

Students and graduates

Students and graduates


PhD projects in collaboration with industry on battery manufacturing and modelling

Funding information:
Fully funded with home fees covered and living stipend provided.

System optimisation and decision-support for optimal future biorefineries and bioeconomy towards a net-zero UK

Funding information:
UKRI stipend (e.g. £15,609 2021/22) Home fees covered (UK candidates only) £3,000 Research Training Support Grant £3,000 Bench fees

Integrated carbon dioxide capture and utilisation

Funding information:
The project will fund UK/EU fees and a stipend to cover cost of living.