Research course

Multi-scale Modelling

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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in chemical engineering, chemistry, mathematics, bio-related subjects, physics or computer studies. 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, September, July, April

Course content

Multi-scale theory and computation is a methodology for using the knowledge of the properties of a system at the molecular level (e.g. the design of new shampoos and dyes) to predict how it will behave at other scales either at the mesoscopic level (e.g. froth flotation and liquid-liquid extraction) or at the macroscopic level (e.g. the operation of fluidised bed dryers). Such multi-scale studies allow us to develop completely new materials, products and processes because we can think more creatively about how living things work together at the smallest possible level.

Department specialisms

Microscale theory focuses on the properties of molecules and their interactions with each other and their surroundings. Mesosale investigations bridge the gap between micro- and macroscale studies. Macroscopic level research takes place on a range of themes, such as the operation of fluidised bed dryers.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to hold one of the following qualifications: IELTS 7.0 (with no sub test < 6.0); TOEFL Paper Based 600 with TWE of 5.0; TOEFL Computer Based 250 with TWE of 5.0; Other formal qualifications may be considered.

Fees and funding

Some funding is available from Research Councils and industrial partners. Scholarships such as the Overseas Research Scholarship and Dorothy Hodgkin Scholarship are available to overseas students. Please contact the School regarding up to date funding information or visit

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Research Student Administrator
+44 (0)161 306 4837