University of Surrey

Chemical and Process Engineering

With the oldest continuing Chemical Engineering programme in England, we are a highly respected and award-winning Department with a wealth of experience and expertise in the subject.

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

Research in the Department is highly multi-disciplinary and we enjoy excellent collaborations with Materials, Chemistry and the Ion Beam Centre, as well as access to their facilities.

Much of our research is computationally based and we have the latest software and hardware. Our modern laboratories include high headroom areas for pilot plant, and specialist laboratories exist for microbial systems, water and particle technology.

Students benefit from the comprehensive training and transferable skills offered through the Faculty Graduate School, which serves to create a friendly social environment for the Faculty’s large cohort of postgraduate research students.

Entry requirements

Depending on the project, a good first degree in Chemical Engineering or a project-related subject is required.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Course modules

Research degrees in the Department normally comprise three years’ research and the initial registration is subject to a confirmation process after one year.

All PhD students work on individual projects within one of our research centres. During your time with us you will undertake a critical review of your chosen field of study to bring you to the cutting edge of science, propose a novel solution to your chosen problem, whether theoretical or experimental, and evaluate it.

Research themes

Research in the Department is centred around five interconnected themes:

  • Adsorption, electrolytics and reaction engineering
  • Biochemical and biomedical engineering
  • Particulate and fluid systems
  • Process systems engineering
  • Water processing technology

Research areas

  • Synthesis of novel adsorbents eg, MOFs
  • Adsorption for environmental protection and refrigeration.
  • Modelling battery and fuel cell systems
  • Turbulent plumes and cool flame systems
  • Industrial symbiosis, optimisation and decision making
  • Supply chain management
  • Biorefining
  • Design and optimisation of the bioenergy supply chain
  • Industrial uses of microalgae
  • Process chemometrics, state estimation and control
  • Manipulated reverse osmosis
  • Computation oncology and modelling radiotherapy
  • Positron emission particle tracking and fundamentals of particle technology
  • Use of ultrasonics to promote chemical and physical processing


Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,195 (Academic year) Home/EU 30 48 Months
PhD Full-time £ 20,000 (Academic year) International 30 48 Months
PhD Part-time £ 2,100 (Academic year) Home/EU 60 96 Months
PhD Part-time £ 10,000 (Academic year) International 60 96 Months

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