PhDs in Engineering & Technology

Chemical Engineering

Information about Chemical Engineering Degrees

Chemical Engineering is an interdisciplinary subject that deals with transforming raw materials into useful products. People who work in Chemical Engineering focus on developing and optimising the processes used to create and refine products. Chemical engineers also strive to create better materials, which have improved properties, are more durable and last longer.

Chemical Engineering is a broad field of study that encompasses Chemistry, Biology, Applied Mathematics and Engineering Science.

Some of the things you'll study during courses in Chemical Engineering are mechanics, thermodynamics, chemical reaction kinetics, and process design. You will need these engineering and scientific principles for your research and analytical work. You will also develop problem-solving and evaluating skills.

From optimising DNA sequencing to discovering how algae can be used as an alternative for petroleum, you could say chemical engineers have solutions to any problem. Chemical Engineering graduates learn to develop new drugs, and fertilizers, increase energy efficiency and manage chemical plants.

Many people might not understand exactly what you do and how it works – but that’s ok. You can simply tell them that many of the things they take for granted on a daily basis are influenced by your work. There’s no need to go into complex chemical formulas. You will sleep better at night knowing that you’re making the world safer, faster, and healthier.

Students who graduate with Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering find jobs as chemical engineers, energy engineers, product development scientists, material scientists, nuclear engineers, and others.

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Best Universities for Chemical Engineering on PhDPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) TopUniversities Ranking (2018)
Cambridge, United States 1 1
Stanford, United States 2 2
Pasadena, United States 3 5
Tianjin, China 4 51
Hangzhou, China 5 51
Shangyu, China 6 101
Austin, United States 7 22
Beijing, China 8 11
Princeton, United States 9 12
Berkeley, United States 10 3
Boulder, United States 11 101
Beijing, China 12 101
Singapore, Singapore 13 8
Singapore, Singapore 14 17
Zürich, Switzerland 15 13
Guangzhou, China 16 201
London, United Kingdom 17 9
Newark, United States 18 51
Madison, United States 19 14
Hefei, China 20 -
Atlanta, United States 21 20
Pittsburgh, United States 22 51
Copenhagen, Denmark 23 51
Minneapolis, United States 23 -
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 25 -
Eindhoven, Netherlands 26 51
Milano, Italy 27 51
Dalian, China 28 101
Porto, Portugal 29 101
Shanghai, China 30 45
Melbourne, Australia 31 28
University Park, United States 32 51
Delft, Netherlands 34 24
South Bend, United States 35 151
Evanston, United States 36 24
Trondheim, Norway 37 101
Edmonton, Canada 38 51
Xi'an, China 38 151
Shushtar, Iran 40 -
Brisbane, Australia 41 33
Chicago, United States 42 -
Cambridge, United Kingdom 43 4
Sydney, Australia 44 37
Perth, Australia 45 101
Seoul, South Korea 46 16
College Station, United States 47 51
Nancy, France 48 -
Ithaca, United States 49 27
West Lafayette, United States 50 30
Helsinki, Finland 101 151
Turku, Finland 101 251
Thessaloníki, Greece 101 201
Tempe Junction, United States 101 151
Beijing, China 101 151
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 101 -
Lyon, France 101 -
Golden, United States 101 151
Madrid, Spain 101 151
Shanghai, China 101 -
Fuzhou, China 101 -
Changde, China 101 -
Khargapur, India 101 101
Chennai, India 101 101
Seoul, South Korea 101 43
Seoul, South Korea 101 -
Nanjing, China 101 51
Raleigh, United States 101 101
Namyangju, South Korea 101 41
Esplugues de Llobregat, Spain 101 201
Turin, Italy 101 151
Valencia, Spain 101 101
Roma, Italy 101 151
Jinan, China 101 201
Tehran, Iran 101 -
Taipei, Taiwan 101 -
Guangzhou, China 101 151
Seoul, South Korea 101 48
Berlin, Germany 101 51
Columbus, United States 101 51
Calgary, Canada 101 101
Aveiro, Portugal 101 251
Birmingham, United Kingdom 101 51
Storrs, United States 101 251
Erlangen, Germany 101 101
Leeds, United Kingdom 101 51
Lisbon, Portugal 101 151
Magdeburg, Germany 101 -
College Park, United States 101 151
Ann Arbor, United States 101 40
Semenyih, Malaysia 101 -
Ottawa, Canada 101 151
Veszprém, Hungary 101 -
São Paulo, Brazil 101 51
London, Canada 101 151
Wuhan, China 101 -
New Haven, United States 101 23
Hangzhou, China 101 -
Aalborg, Denmark 151 -
Chongqing, China 151 -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 151 -
Ames, United States 151 201
Zhenjiang, China 151 -
Jilin City, China 151 101
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 151 101
Kyoto, Japan 151 6
Lanzhou, China 151 251
Ottawa, Canada 151 151
Lund, Sweden 151 -
Montréal, Canada 151 47
Hamilton, Canada 151 101
East Lansing, United States 151 101
Tianjin, China 151 151
Mexico City, Mexico 151 51
Tainan, Taiwan 151 101
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom 151 201
New Brunswick, United States 151 151
München, Germany 151 51
Melbourne, Australia 151 30
Newcastle, Australia 151 201
Tokyo, Japan 151 21
Perai, Malaysia 151 101
Alicante, Spain 151 -
Belgrade, Serbia 151 -
Bologna, Italy 151 -
Davis, United States 151 51
Ciudad Real, Spain 151 -
Cincinnati, United States 151 -
Gainesville, United States 151 101
Maribor, Slovenia 151 -
Messina, Italy 151 -
Nottingham, United Kingdom 151 101
Padua, Italy 151 201
Palermo, Italy 151 -
Perugia, Italy 151 -
Beijing, China 151 251
George Town, Malaysia 151 38
Adelaide, Australia 151 -
Columbia, United States 151 251
Los Angeles, United States 151 151
Sydney, Australia 151 51
Toronto, Canada 151 34
Wageningen, Netherlands 151 -
Wollongong, Australia 151 -
Wuhan, China 151 251
Seoul, South Korea 151 51
Zhengzhou, China 151 -
Chennai, India 201 201
Auburn, United States 201 -
Barcelona, Spain 201 151
Alcobendas, Spain 201 201
Beijing, China 201 201
Beersheba, Israel 201 -
Changzhou, China 201 -
Jeonju, South Korea 201 201
Taoyuan City, Taiwan 201 -
Potsdam, United States 201 -
New York City, United States 201 51
Cranfield, United Kingdom 201 -
Burwood, Australia 201 -
Shanghai, China 201 -
Florianópolis, Brazil 201 251
Graz, Austria 201 251
Sapporo, Japan 201 51
Bangalore, India 201 51
New Delhi, India 201 51
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Gubbi, India 201 201
Kanpur, India 201 101
Roorkee, India 201 201
Incheon, South Korea 201 201
Tehran, Iran 201 -
Isfahan, Iran 201 -
Wuhan, China 201 -
Kunming, China 201 -
Fukuoka, Japan 201 51
Lappeenranta, Finland 201 -
Bethlehem, United States 201 201
Loughborough, United Kingdom 201 201
Mexico City, Mexico 201 201
Nanjing, China 201 251
Hsinchu, Taiwan 201 101
Taipei, Taiwan 201 101
Athens, Greece 201 151
Hsinchu, Taiwan 201 51
Lisbon, Portugal 201 151
Shenyang, China 201 -
Osaka-shi, Japan 201 32
Paris, France 201 151
Bucharest, Romania 201 -
Qingdao, China 201 -
Belfast, United Kingdom 201 151
As Sib, Oman 201 -
Tehran, Iran 201 -
Haifa, Israel 201 151
Doha, Qatar 201 -
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 201 101
Adelaide, Australia 201 101
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 201 51
Sheffield, United Kingdom 201 51
Perth, Australia 201 151
Tianjin, China 201 -
Dresden, Germany 201 101
Umeå, Sweden 201 -
Grenoble, France 201 -
Barcelona, Spain 201 101
Bath, United Kingdom 201 151
Bochum, Germany 201 -
Rende, Italy 201 -
Santander, Spain 201 -
Prague, Czech Republic 201 -
Essen, Germany 201 -
Houston, United States 201 101
Lexington, United States 201 -
Liège, Belgium 201 -
Braga, Portugal 201 251
Montpellier, France 201 -
Montréal, Canada 201 101
Norman, United States 201 151
Pisa, Italy 201 251
Regina, Canada 201 -
Rostock, Germany 201 -
Saskatoon, Canada 201 251
Sevilla, Spain 201 -
Guildford, United Kingdom 201 251
Salt Lake City, United States 201 251
Valladolid, Spain 201 -
Vigo, Spain 201 -
Laramie, United States 201 -
Zaragoza, Spain 201 251
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 201 51
Tarragona, Spain 201 -
Utrecht, Netherlands 201 -
Blacksburg, United States 201 151
Pullman, United States 201 101
Morgantown, United States 201 -
Xiangtan, China 201 -
Gyeongsan, South Korea 201 251
Gent, Belgium 51 101
Seoul, South Korea 51 51
Harbin, China 51 151
Wuhan, China 51 201
Karlsruhe, Germany 51 51
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 51 101
Daejeon, South Korea 51 15
Stockholm, Sweden 51 101
Leuven, Belgium 51 51
Nanjing, China 51 -
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse Toulouse, France 51 -
Taipei, Taiwan 51 45
Toulouse, France 51 -
Aachen, Germany 51 51
Chengdu, China 51 201
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 51 29
Manchester, United Kingdom 51 26
Tokyo, Japan 51 10
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 51 51
Urbana, United States 51 51
Durban, South Africa 51 -
Oxford, United Kingdom 51 7
Lejona, Spain 51 -
Waterloo, Canada 51 51
Xiamen, China 51 201
Azadshahr, Iran 76 -
Changsha, China 76 -
Göteborg, Sweden 76 101
Bangkok, Thailand 76 51
Mumbai, India 76 51
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 76 51
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 76 151
Paris, France 76 -
Beijing, China 76 -
Nanjing, China 76 -
Dortmund, Germany 76 51
Sendai-shi, Japan 76 34
Shanghai, China 76 201
Ulsan, South Korea 76 -
London, United Kingdom 76 36
Vancouver, Canada 76 48
Los Angeles, United States 76 19
Campinas, Brazil 76 51
Cordova, Spain 76 -
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 76 38
Amherst Center, United States 76 51
Naples, Italy 76 151
Fisciano, Italy 76 -
Tehran, Iran 76 -
Enschede, Netherlands 76 -
Minneapolis, United States - 17
Philadelphia, United States - 41
Lausanne, Switzerland - 44
Santa Barbara, United States - 48
Providence, United States - 101
Edinburgh, United Kingdom - 101
Mexico City, Mexico - 101
Seoul, South Korea - 101
Akademgorodok, Russia - 101
Busan, South Korea - 101
Kingston, Canada - 101
Troy, United States - 101
Melbourne, Australia - 101
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) - 101
Auckland, New Zealand - 101
Buenos Aires, Argentina - 101
Stuttgart, Germany - 101
Tokyo, Japan - 101
Saint Louis, United States - 101
Hiroshima, Japan - 151
Stockholm, Sweden - 151
Daegu, South Korea - 151
Taichung, Taiwan - 151
New York City, United States - 151
Sogang University Seoul, South Korea - 151
Bogotá, Colombia - 151
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 151
Dublin, Ireland - 151
Irvine, United States - 151
Riverside, United States - 151
Groningen, Netherlands - 151
Pittsburgh, United States - 151
Charlottesville, United States - 151
Nashville, United States - 151
Vienna, Austria - 151
Marseille, France - 201
Cleveland, United States - 201
Seoul, South Korea - 201
Fort Collins, United States - 201
Palaiseau, France - 201
Porto Alegre, Brazil - 201
Istanbul, Turkey - 201
Kobe, Japan - 201
Palmerston North, New Zealand - 201
Ankara, Turkey - 201
Taoyuan City, Taiwan - 201
Santiago, Chile - 201
Shanghai, China - 201
New York City, United States - 201
Jerusalem, Israel - 201
Tokyo, Japan - 201
Tomsk, Russia - 201
Cork, Ireland - 201
Aberdeen, United Kingdom - 201
Akron, United States - 201
Christchurch, New Zealand - 201
Santiago, Chile - 201
University of Mumbai  Mumbai, India - 201
Patras, Greece - 201
Strasbourg, France - 201
Glasgow, United Kingdom - 201
Knoxville, United States - 201
Suwon, South Korea - 251
Qingdao, China - 251
Chungnam National University Seoul, South Korea - 251
Philadelphia, United States - 251
Atlanta, United States - 251
Tallahassee, United States - 251
Harburg, Germany - 251
Chicago, United States - 251
Brussels, Belgium - 251
Bandung, Indonesia - 251
Mainz, Germany - 251
Seoul, South Korea - 251
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan - 251
Boston, United States - 251
Osaka-shi, Japan - 251
London, United Kingdom - 251
Swansea, United Kingdom - 251
Monterrey, Mexico - 251
Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan - 251
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Tokyo, Japan - 251
Medford, United States - 251
Buffalo, United States - 251
Buffalo, United States - 251
Tucson, United States - 251
Cape Town, South Africa - 251
Coimbra, Portugal - 251
Limerick, Ireland - 251
Pretoria, South Africa - 251
Santiago de Compostela, Spain - 251
Seoul, South Korea - 251
Richardson, United States - 251
Bogotá, Colombia - 251
Johannesburg, South Africa - 251
Warsaw, Poland - 251
Bologna, Italy - 51
Baltimore, United States - 51
Nagoya, Japan - 51
Houston, United States - 51
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) - 51
Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia - 51
San Diego, United States - 51
Seattle, United States - 51
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