Research course

Chemical Engineering Science

University of Birmingham · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry qualification is an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised institution.

Different pathways

Months of entry


Course content

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors. It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.

This is a one year, full-time programme comprising a major research project and six taught modules which are taken intermittently throughout the year.

Taught modules

These support the development of both research and transferable skills. All students take a set of compulsory modules and a selection of optional modules of their choice (subject to timetabling).

Compulsory taught modules

  • Process engineering fundamentals - 10 credits
  • Measurement techniques - 10 credits
  • Effective Project Management - 10 credits
  • Presentation and communication skills/team skills development - 10 credits

Optional taught modules (20 or 30 credits)

  • Bioscience for graduates from other scientific disciplines - 10 credits
  • Cell factories - 10 credits
  • Bioseparations - 20 credits
  • Bioreaction engineering - 10 credits
  • Molecular delivery - 10 credits
  • Characterisation of structured fluids - 10 credits
  • Interfacial physics and chemistry - 10 credits
  • Mathematical modelling of time-dependent processes - 10 credits
  • From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products - 10 credits
  • Design and development of drug delivery systems - 10 credits
  • Powder technology - 10 credits
  • Developing food structure through thermal processing - 10 credits
  • Hygienic food processing - 10 credits
  • Food flavour - 10 credits
  • Modern genome based bioscience - 10 credits
  • Nanochemistry - 10 credits
  • Materials Characterisation - 10 credits


  • Project - 120 credits

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005