Research course

Chemical and Process Engineering

University of Leeds · School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons), or equivalent, or a good performance in a Masters level course in a relevant subject. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience. See further details on entry requirements on our website

Months of entry


Course content

Our research takes a multi-disciplinary and modern approach to Chemical Engineering, integrating world-leading analytical infrastructure and state-of-the-art physical science.

Our graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: AECOM, British Library, GE Global Research and Honeywell.

We welcome applications from those who wish to join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world.

Our main research themes include:

  • Advanced engineering materials. Our research covers metallic alloys, carbons, ceramics, glasses and composites; and includes polymers, molecular systems as well as organic crystals, colloids, emulsions and even biological systems.
  • Sustainable Systems and Processes. Our research includes the development of novel routes for chemical production including bio-catalysis, biomass conversion, nanotechnology, and the development of renewable and low carbon energy.
  • Innovative manufacturing and products. Our research involves the fundamental understanding of the interactions between different formulated product ingredients through multiscale experimentation.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Over 80% of our research activity is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' latest REF

Fees and funding

If you’re hoping to secure funding for your PhD, there are many options available. Visit to search our funding opportunities, project ideas, research areas and PhD supervisors. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it’s important that you apply as early as possible.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Doctoral College Admissions
+44 (0)113 34 35057