PhD/MPhil Chemical Engineering

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

PhD Chemical Engineering

From authoring definitive text books on chemical engineering to finding solutions to the world's water shortages, Swansea University has a proud tradition delivering pioneering innovative process engineering solutions. As we have a wide range of research in chemical engineering, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Chemical Engineering.

Key Features

There is a wide range of research in chemical engineering at Swansea University. This includes:

  • Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Bioengineering, biomedical engineering
  • Carbon nanotechnology
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Colloid science and engineering
  • Desalination
  • Emerging Contaminants in Water
  • Engineering applications of nanotechnology
  • Gas/liquid reactors
  • Membrane separation
  • Pharmaceutical engineering
  • Polymer engineering
  • Rheology
  • Separation processes
  • Transport processes
  • Water and wastewater engineering

The PhD or MPhil Chemical Engineering at Swansea University provides an opportunity to work with a member of academic staff in one of the above, or related, area of research.


Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Chemical Engineering at Swansea University include:

  • Improved extraction, purification and elucidation of fungal bioactive compounds
  • Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes
  • Rheology of sputum
  • Investigation of freeze concentration technology for innovative separations
  • Rheological aspects and modelling of blood flow during coagulation
  • Improved extraction, purification and elucidation of fungal bioactive compounds
  • Mathematical modelling of lungs and membrane mass exchangers
  • Investigation of freeze concentration technology for innovative separations
  • Deep bed filtration: modelling, assessment and impact of novel filtration materials
  • Downstream processing of marine algae
  • Hybrid Ion-Exchange and Nanofiltration process
  • Enhancement of membrane flux and properties by ozone and advanced oxidation processes for water treatment
  • Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes
  • Boron removal from seawater
  • Novel ozonation system for the removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): pilot plant studies 
  • Development of nanoparticle systems for the treatment of biofilm.
  • The development of a controlled environmental system for the advanced characterisation of endometrial cells
  • Atomic force microscopy study of the interaction of nanoparticles with cells
  • The production of novel wound healing scaffolds using electrospinning and immobilisation of nanoparticles
  • Micro and Nano particle drug delivery systems
  • A direct method for the production of pharmaceutical nanoparticles
  • Establishment of the Centre for Nanohealth: a comparison of nanotechnology centres
  • The optimisation of tissue regeneration for bone grafts

Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Professor Rhodri Williams

Dr Mathew Barrow

Dr Paolo Bertoncello

Dr Peter Douglas

Dr Y K Ju-Nam

Dr Chedly Tizaoui

Dr Alvin Orbaek White


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil Chemical Engineering is a first or a second class honours degree in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, or a related discipline, such as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other engineering discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email to express your interest in a PhD or MPhil Chemical Engineering.

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If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the PhD or MPhil Chemical Engineering

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,345 £19,550
Ph.D. Part-time £2,172.50 £9,800
M.Phil. Full-time £4,345 £19,550
M.Phil. Part-time £2,172.50 £9,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from UKRI

If your course starts in January, April or July 2019 please refer to the 2018/19 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD or MPhil Chemical Engineering do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.