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About Biochemical Engineering at Swansea University

Course Overview

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.

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


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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International Ph.D. Full-time £4,280 £19,000 Ph.D. Part-time £2,140 £9,500 M.Phil. Full-time £4,280 £19,000 M.Phil. Part-time £2,140 £9,500

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 RCUK

If your course starts in January, April or July 2018 please refer to the 2017/18 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: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

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

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).

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