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Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD

Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD

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Full time | Stag Hill | 4 years | JAN-23

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Full time


4 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Process Engineering Research Methods (Science) Chemical Engineering

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Course Summary

Why choose this programme

With the oldest continuing chemical engineering programme in England, we’re a highly respected and award-winning department with a wealth of experience and expertise in the subject.

Our interdisciplinary research work involves activities with cross-cutting themes, investigating materials and devices with the Advanced Technology Institute while addressing challenges in information technology.

Research in the Department is highly multi-disciplinary and we enjoy excellent collaborations with the Department of Chemistry, the Ion Beam Centre, the Surrey Space Centre, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability and the 5G/6G Innovation Centre, as well as access to their facilities.

What you will study

If you join us, you’ll have opportunities to investigate topics ranging from fuel cell systems, biorefining and reverse osmosis to positron emission particle tracking.

As a PhD student, you’ll go through a confirmation process in which you’ll need to produce a report to demonstrate your understanding of the research field and your project results. Your ability to carry out critical literature reviews, demonstrate scientific writing skills, and research and produce meaningful results will be evaluated by your supervisor and two examiners. Once you’ve passed the confirmation stage, your PhD research project can begin.


Your final assessment will be based on the presentation of your research in a written thesis, which will be discussed in a viva examination with at least two examiners. You have the option of preparing your thesis as a monograph (one large volume in chapter form) or in publication format (including chapters written for publication), subject to the approval of your supervisors.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more

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