Faculty of Engineering & Design


Full-time PhD 2-4 years
Part-time PhD 3-6 years
Full-time MPhil 1-3 years
Part-time MPhil 2-4 years.

Application deadline: You can apply at any time, but International applications must be made at least five months before your intended start date and Home/EU at least three months before your intended start date.

Entry requirements:
First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

MPhil and PhD - Chemical Engineering

We offer research programmes in a variety of areas including advanced separations engineering, bioprocessing, reaction and catalytic engineering and water and wastewater engineering.

Our philosophy

The Department of Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary centre focusing on research into future sustainable materials and technologies. 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.

Chemical engineering research is crucial and supports development and production of new materials, fuels, drugs, consumer products, health care products, foods and beverages, electronic components, medical implants, and more.

As the number and complexity of chemical, biochemical and biological materials used in consumer products and supporting technologies increases, this research will play an increasingly vital role in the development of modern societies across the world.

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.

Our applicants

We seek applications from outstanding individuals from anywhere in the world who are strongly committed to and potentially capable of high-quality academic research in any of the disciplinary areas covered by our Research Centres. You can apply for one of our pre-defined research projects or develop your own proposal. Our academic staff are always open to ideas that extend existing work or introduce new topics to their subject areas.

The dissemination of research findings is seen as a vital component of the research process and graduate students are encouraged to prepare papers for publication as part of their research training.

Successful applicants are welcomed very much as junior academic colleagues rather than students, and are expected to play a full and professional role in contributing to the Department’s objective of international academic excellence.


Find out what our research graduates go on to do.

Further details

The MPhil and PhD programmes combine taught research training and applied research practice.

Candidates join the Department as a member of the Research Centre in which they initially have a broad research interest and that will have overseen their acceptance into the Department.

Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the programme of PhD. Confirmation of PhD registration is subject to your passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.

The final stage of the PhD programme is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

First or good second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject.

The minimum non-graduate qualifications* acceptable for admission to the University of Bath are:

  • Passes at a satisfactory level in either of the following examinations:
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers Part III or Membership of recognised professional institutions of at least graduate status or a relevant professional qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies.
  • Extended and responsible experience at an appropriate standard in a relevant field acceptable to the Board of Studies

Except where otherwise stated, these conditions refer to candidates for the Degree of Master only.

All research students can attend skills training courses on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Speed reading
  • Making presentations
  • Communications skills
  • Research in a commercial environment
  • Project management.

You will also have the chance to earn money by undertaking part-time teaching in the department.