Entry requirements

Applicants should have: A minimum 2.1 Honours degree in a related subject OR Master's degree in an appropriate subject • Each application is considered on its own individual merit. • Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

Months of entry


Course content

The Faculty of Engineering and Science offers advanced research training opportunities across a broad range of subject areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental and sports sciences. The research activities within the School are supported by state of the art analytical and computer facilities.

Upon acceptance to a programme, students normally register initially for an MPhil, and at the end of the first year, the student is examined by viva voce for consideration for transfer to PhD. Upon completion of the Doctoral training, students are ideally equipped to work in an academic or industrial research environment.

Recent research project topics include:

  • Solar energy conversion
  • Synthesis of biologically active molecules
  • Fragment-based drug discovery
  • In situ monitoring of chemical reactions
  • Treatment of contaminated soils by accelerated carbonation
  • Production of novel silicate-based sorbents
  • Integrated production of biodiesel from oilseed rape
  • Pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases
  • Bioremediation and composting technologies
  • Expert Cognition and Training

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop, create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • To systematically acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • To demonstrate the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • To show a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Research areas may include:

  • Materials analysis
  • Molecular spectroscopy, Advanced spectral analysis
  • Biomaterials
  • Formulation chemistry, Biophysical chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Gene therapy
  • Biochemistry, Cell biology
  • Forensic science
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Sports science and human performance
  • Applied cognitive science

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000