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Postgraduate Research 2021

Chemical Engineering

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | MPhil
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering aims to promote sustainable processes and materials to meet the energy and healthcare demands of the future. The School is expanding rapidly and this is creating many new and exciting research opportunities with over £15m being invested to develop and expand the core research areas of catalysis, biological and medicinal chemistry, and materials.

Mode of study / duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Key Facts

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities.

  • •Joint 1st in the UK for Research Intensity for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021)

Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Much of our research falls under the broad headings of Healthcare and Sustainability, examples of recent funded projects include development of novel antibiotics and reduction of single use plastics. The School also leads the EU-funded Bryden Centre for renewable energy research, the industry-led Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) as well as our world-leading QUILL ionic liquids research centre. Students trained in our School are equipped with the skills that allow them to go out and make a real difference in the world.

Our areas of interest include adventurous research at the cutting edge of catalysis (where chemistry meets other disciplines, especially engineering, innovative Molecular Materials and Functional Materials), ionic liquid technology (‘super solvents' which do not form vapours and can be used as non-polluting alternatives to conventional solvents) and Synthesis and Biological Organic Chemistry (working to deliver compounds addressing the regulation of cellular functions).
QUILL (Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories): the largest multidisciplinary research group in the world centred on ionic liquid technology, whose work on ‘super solvents' (which do not form vapours and can be used as non-polluting alternatives to conventional solvents) was voted ‘Most Important British Innovation of the 21st Century' in 2013.
All of our research groups have significant links with researchers and institutions globally, and there are opportunities for collaboration, study visits, etc.
We have extensive links with industry, meaning that employment prospects for our graduates are excellent.
Much of our research is interdisciplinary, and our students can broaden their experience and knowledge by working with researchers from other disciplines (eg biologists, physicists).

Career Prospects

Introduction
For further information on career opportunities at PhD level please contact the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Recruitment Team on askEPS@qub.ac.uk. Our advisors - in consultation with the School - will be happy to provide further information on your research area, possible career prospects and your research application.

People teaching you

Dr Mark Muldoon
Director of Postgraduates
Chemistry&Chemical Engineering
Email: m.j.muldoon@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

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Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
CITI-GENS DTP: Seaweed bioactives for livestock nutrition and methane mitigation
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Pamela Walsh
Supervisor
Dr Pamela Walsh
Funding
Funded
Horizon 2020 (EU) and Department of the Ecomony
Application deadline
10 July 2020
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemical Engineering Closed 2 1594335600
Functional Fluids for Low-Cost Hydrogen Production
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Dr Jillian Thompson
Supervisor
Dr Jillian Thompson
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy
Application deadline
22 February 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemical Engineering Closed 2 1613952000
DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL IN-SITU SPECTROSCOPIC AND ELECTROCHEMICAL SENSORS FOR DETECTION OF CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD sensors, electroanalytical, environment, spectroscopic, contamination Professor Peter Robertson
Supervisor
Professor Peter Robertson
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy
Application deadline
29 March 2021
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Funded Chemical Engineering Closed 2 1616972400
Enhancing photocatalytic disinfection of water: the importance of bacterial factors and reactor design to enhance disinfection rates
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Photocatalyst, bacterial factors, reactor engineering, hydrodynamic cavitation Professor Peter Robertson
Supervisor
Professor Peter Robertson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemical Engineering Open 2
Photocatalytic valorization of biomass
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Photocatalysis, cellulose, lignocellulose, biomass, digestate, photocatalyst, reactor design Professor Peter Robertson
Supervisor
Professor Peter Robertson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemical Engineering Open 2
Novel 3D printed photocatalytic technologies for continuous flow synthesis
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Continuous flow processes, 3D printed reactors, Process Intensification, Photo-catalysis Dr Haresh Manyar
Supervisor
Dr Haresh Manyar
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemical Engineering Open 2
Ionic Liquids as a Sustainable Platform for Cascade Engineered Reactions
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Cascade Engineered processes, Ionic liquids, Advanced nanofluids, Aldol Condensation, Hydrogenation Dr Haresh Manyar
Supervisor
Dr Haresh Manyar
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemical Engineering Open 2
Hybrid Polymeric Materials for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Delivery
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | PHD Porous, Hybrid Polymeric, Carbon materials, Zeolite, Pickering Emulsion, Hybrid Nanoparticle Dr Bo Xiao
Supervisor
Dr Bo Xiao
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Unfunded Chemical Engineering Open 2

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,500
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,500
EU Other 3 £22,000
International £22,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Chemical Engineering costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.