Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

Entry requirements

The Standard requirement for a Masters programme (either taught or research) is a Upper-Second UK Honours Degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline. For a Doctorate level programme (eg PhD) it is an Upper-Second UK Honours Degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a First Degree with an additional UK Masters Degree (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Our research in Biocatalysis focusses on the applied aspects of using enzymes and living cells to manufacture chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and fragrances. Our research integrates development of new enzymes and whole cell biocatalysts with development and optimisation of the manufacturing processes. Often, this requires the translation of state-of-the-art chemical reaction systems to biological systems - for example, we use microreactors and neoteric solvents for biocatalytic processes. We also work on developing a fundamental understanding of biocatalytic processes, using computational, mechanistic and structural enzymology, whilst for whole cell biocatalysts, we use systems biology to understand cellular performance in manufacturing processes. Our research in biocatalysis is supported by BBSRC, EPSRC, DTI and industry funding. We also benefit from support from the UK Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis, which is a research consortium funded by 20 international companies with interests in biocatalytic manufacturing.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 (with no sub score below 6) TOEFL Paper Based: 600 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0) TOEFL Computer Based: 250 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0) TOEFL Internet Based: 100 (with no sub score less than 25)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Research Student Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 4360
+44 (0)161 306 9321