Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

The University of Iowa

24 months
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Graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at The University of Iowa gain an understanding of the principles of engineering science and use those principles in contemporary applications related to energy, the environment, biotechnology, and materials. 


The department emphasizes research, since most opportunities for graduates are in research and development.

Current research strengths of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at The University of Iowa are in the areas of global and regional atmospheric modeling, biomaterials and medical engineering, cellular engineering, photopolymerization, biocatalysis, and biofuels.

Career Advancement

  • Chemical and biochemical engineers work in a wide range of industries, including petroleum and specialty chemical production, polymer and plastic production, food processing, energy, microelectronics production, pharmaceutical production, biochemical processing, and environmental compliance. 
  • Potential jobs include production, process development, plant design and construction, and fundamental research.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Transport Phenomena 
  • Computational Fluid and Thermal Engineering
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application form.
  • Unofficial transcript(s). If admitted, official transcripts will be required before enrollment. For international students, all academic records should bear the original stamp or seal of the institution and the signature of a school official. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a complete, literal, English translation, certified by the issuing institution.  
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (verbal and quantitative) from Educational Testing Services (the University's institutional code is 6681) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants whose native language is not English.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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