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Chemical Engineering PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Chemical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary


Our Department of Chemical Engineering is a highly active, research intensive community of more than 20 full-time academic staff plus research students, post-doctoral research fellows and visitors from all over the world.

Chemical Engineers are fantastically well-placed to tackle some of the global challenges facing us over the next 50 years. We have a strong and growing research programme with world-class research activities and facilities, focusing on industry’s and society’s needs; for instance the commercial production of stem cells, disinfection of hospital wards, novel drug delivery methods, advanced water treatment and continuous manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

We work closely with other University departments in multidisciplinary research as well as with industry and with researchers in universities worldwide. Our research is split into several key themes, and in recognition of our cutting edge research expertise, we have recently been selected as a lead partner in the EPSRC/MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine.

We have an enterprising culture within the Department through our successful industrial collaborations, spin-out companies and knowledge transfer partnerships. We have close working relationships with major companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and process industries, including AstraZeneca, BP, British Sugar, Carlsberg, E.ON, Exxon, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo and Unilever to name but a few.

We attract over £3 million annually of research income, and have almost 50 PhD studentsworking on projects of global importance.

Research areas

Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering
Nano- and Micro-Scale Engineering
Energy and Environmental Engineering
Catalytic, Separation and Purification Technology

Support from your supervisor

As a research student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, you will be supported by a supervisory team – usually comprising a lead academic member of staff with support from a second colleague (both with complementary expertise in your selected area of research). You will also receive support from the technical team in the laboratory.

Skills and experience

As a research student in the Department of Chemical Engineering you will have the opportunity to not only become an independent researcher but create a lasting network of peers. Attendance at relevant conferences is encouraged with bursaries for travel made available on a competitive basis. The Department also runs a seminar programme throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to practice presenting your own work as well as hearing from other experts in your field, as well as workshops to focus on engineering-specific skills.

Future career prospects

Recent graduate destinations include:

Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Lecturer
Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Lecturer
University of Leeds, Lecturer
University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Pakistan, Assistant Professor
Advanced Medical Solutions Ltd, Process Engineer
Retroscreen, Research Scientist
Principal Scientist, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

Different course options

Full time | Loughborough University | 3 years | JUL-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant discipline.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more