Research course

Science and Engineering (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park – a major research and innovation hub for the North West. The Science Park is home to technology companies with active research links with the Faculty. It also offers incubator space and business services for young and developing enterprises.

Currently the Faculty is engaged in research that covers a wide range of topics. Examples include investigations of improved biocompatibility of polymer materials by surface laser treatments, studies of the oxidative stability of carbonaceous materials in the natural environment for soil improvement and carbon sequestration, modelling and optimisation of biofuel source material pre-treatments, and investigations of the adhesion and control of biofilms in industrial and medical processes.

Suggestions and proposals for research in these and related areas are always welcome. However, the Faculty is in an expansion phase and we expect the range of research activities to grow and broaden in the immediate future.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000