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Chemical Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering 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.

About

Advanced materials

Every article, instrument, machine or device we use depends for its success upon materials, design and effective production. 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. Professor Bull is the 2013 recipient of the Tribology Silver Medal presented by the Tribology Trust, the top national award in this area.

Achievements

Since 2008 we have:

  • won over £3m in research funding from EPSRC, EU and industry
  • published more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings
  • seen more than 20 PhD students graduate
  • delivered more than 40 invited, keynote and plenary talks at International Conferences including a plenary at Nanoscale Multilayers, Madrid 2013 (Bull)

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is no application closing date, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We suggest international students apply at least two months beforehand.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    28710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28710 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU
  • Full time: £4,350 - £10,350
  • Part time: £2,175 - £5,175
International
  • Full time: £22,710 - £28,710

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 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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