Department of Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate research in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Research degrees

We carry out advanced research in chemical, biochemical and biomedical engineering. 

Areas of interest include:

  • Stem cell research
  • Drug delivery
  • Microreactors
  • Hydrogen production and storage
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Membrane separation processes
  • Water treatment.

We are funded by research councils, the Department for Trade and Industry, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Council, the EU, government research agencies and industry.

Our international reputation for research makes Bath an ideal place to pursue a research degree, whether you want an academic career or to work in industry. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated the majority of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent.


Research project opportunities

We have funded and self-funded studentships available all year round. Browse our PhD project titles to find out more.


Types of research degree

We offer two types of research degree:

  • a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) typically takes two years full time or four years part time
  • a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) typically takes three years full time or five years part time

We also offer four-year, full-time research degrees with our EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

Our CDTs bring students together from a range of disciplines for a complete and fulfilling PhD experience. There are many benefits in choosing to study with a CDT that you won't get from the traditional PhD route, including:

  • bespoke training and development in technical and research skills
  • access to build networks and form collaborative relationships with partner institutions and industry worldwide
  • transferable skills and industrial knowledge sought by employers

How to apply

Read our guide to the application process or contact the head of the research centre that deals with your area of study.


We offer a range of scholarships and studentships for our students. We also have exciting PhD project opportunities available all year round.