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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Advanced Chemical Engineering is no longer accepting new applications.

The programme is a full-time course occupying one year and is structured as follows:

Students come into College residence in late September/early October. During the first two terms, students take a total of ten taught modules, the choice of which includes a combination of core chemical engineering modules and elective modules based on engineering and business/management related subjects. During March-August, students undertake a full-time research project, the results of which are submitted as a dissertation.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • provide students with advanced technical skills in chemical engineering;
  • enable students to solve problems within an engineering type of environment;
  • provide students with business skills and a knowledge of entrepreneurship; and
  • provide training in research.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should gain:

  • an advanced knowledge of fundamental areas of chemical engineering;
  • an understanding of how discoveries and other ideas can be exploited effectively, including new company spin-outs, reorganisation of existing company structures, technology licensing, etc., by undertaking a series of business-based modules to include topics such as financing, marketing and sustainability;
  • the capacity to work individually and/or in a team, under time constraints, to produce workable solutions to engineering problems. Key skills learned will be time management, interaction with other workers, obtaining technical and financial information, defining optimal outcomes, and presentation and communication of results; and
  • the ability to define, organise and undertake a research project within a specified period of time and to report it in writing and by seminar in an acceptable manner. The project might involve business-related as well as chemical engineering research, and may involve industrial collaboration. This will introduce the student to the practical problems of undertaking research.


This course cannot be counted as one year of a PhD research degree, although continuing students wishing to apply for a PhD are normally expected to obtain at least 70% overall for the MPhil ACE course.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 5, 2016
Application deadline
June 29, 2017
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2017

All deadlines are 12:00pm UK time on the date stated. Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Gates Cambridge (USA)
Oct. 12, 2016
Gates Cambridge (EU)
Dec. 7, 2016
All Overseas
Dec. 7, 2016
All EU & Home (not Gates)
Jan. 4, 2017