Ph.D. On Campus

Chemical Engineering

Newcastle University

36 months
31000 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
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The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University attract students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as statistics, maths, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics. You may work on multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues across the University or from external organisations.


Every article, instrument, machine or device we use depends for its success upon materials, design and effective production. At Newcastle University during Chemical Engineering course we work on a wide range of materials topics including:

  • new material development
  • optimising of materials processing
  • testing and evaluation at component scale and at high spatial resolution
  • modelling
  • failure analysis

Much of our work relates to materials and processes for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage. We also use biological and bio-inspired processes to develop new functional materials.

The Group Head is Professor Steve Bull, Cookson Group Chair of Materials Engineering – high spatial resolution mechanics. His research focuses on development and testing of compliant and porous materials, and the use of sustainable materials. 

Electrochemical engineering science

Electrochemical Engineering Science (EES) arose out of the pioneering fuel cell research at Newcastle in the 1960s.  We are continuing this research on new catalyst and membrane materials, optimising electrode structures and developing meaningful fuel cell test procedures. 

We are investigating electrochemical methods for surface structuring, probing and testing at the micron and nanoscale.  More recently, we have been using electrochemical analysis to understand cellular and microbial catalysis and processes. 

Applications of our research are in:

  • energy production and storage
  • micro and nanoscale device fabrication
  • medical and health care applications
  • corrosion protection

The Group Head is Professor Sudipta Roy. Professor Roy's research focuses on materials processing, micro/nano structuring and corrosion.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International students should apply at least two months before the course starts. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a good master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.


Full time: £4,407 - £10,607*

Part time: £2,203.50 - £5,303.50*


Full time: £24,600 - £31,000

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /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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