Research course


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

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement will normally be at least 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). The School may require a First Class honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement would be specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Instrumentation involves the measurement of phenomena ranging from nano-scale molecular processes in biological cells right through to macro-scale chemical processes in industrial reactors, including environmental monitoring, disease diagnosis, drug and explosive detection and molecular imaging for health-care and the life-sciences. To meet the measurement demands, research is conducted into new instrumentation exploiting a wide range of advanced chemical, biochemical and physical sensors that utilise optical spectroscopies, complex mass spectrometries such ion mobility and secondary ion mass spectrometry, laser generated ultra-sound, laser trapping, polymer microfabrication, microfluidics, optical fibre sensing and PET tomography. Application and development of non invasive spectroscopic techniques to assess tissue viability, hospital based research.

Department specialisms

Analytical Spectrometry; Biosensors; Clinical Spectroscopy; Digital Signal and Image Processing; Environmental; Forensics; Medical Imaging; Miniaturised Analysis Systems; Non-Destructive Evaluation; Optical Sensors.

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)

Fees and funding

A limited number of bursaries are available for PhD students carrying out research in process integration and design. Please contact the School for further details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Student Administrator
+44 (0) 161 306 4360