Research course


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

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, September, July, April

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

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate competency in the English language. The school generally requires applicants to hold one of the following qualifications (although other formal qualifications may be considered):

IELTS: 6.5 (with no sub score less than 5.5)

TOEFL Paper Based: 570 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)

TOEFL Computer Based: 230 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)

IBTOEFL Internet Based: of at least 90

If you are offered a place on a course with us and fail to meet the level of competency required, please contact us. It may be possible to gain admission on the agreement that you attend additional English Language classes prior to commencing your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Band A £4,260; Band B £6,750; Band C £8,750; Band D £15,000
International students
Band A £22,000; Band B £23,000; Band C £24,000; Band D £27,000

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
+44 (0)161 306 4837