Postgraduate study

There are various options available for those who want to continue their study at university. Courses range from a one year Masters course to a 3 year research degree.


Postgraduate courses such as a Master's or MSc are usually full-time one-year courses, although some universities may offer distance learning or part-time options. For some members holding UK qualifications, this may be required to become a Chartered Chemical Engineer. To find out more about the requirements for achieving Chartered status visit

Studying for a Master's degree shows that you're serious about your subject of study and wish to learn more. You’ll stand out from the crowd of Bachelor's degree holders applying for the same jobs in industry. Postgraduate study requires self-motivation as it involves independent study. For some, a Master's is the next step towards a PhD or full career in academia.


Doctorates are the highest graduate degree awarded. It usually involves up to 3 years of research and study on a specific topic which is cited in a dissertation. The work involved demonstrates that you have evolved from a dependent student to an independent scientist or engineer.

Courses such as PhD and MPhil are typically studied on campus, although some universities will be flexible. The EngD is equivalent to a PhD in its intellectual challenge, but with the student pursuing a research project while based in industry.

Entry requirements

Universities will differ in their requirements for postgraduate entry, but generally, a first degree in a related science or engineering discipline at second class honours or above is usually acceptable. Contact the university you plan to apply to for more information.

For an overview of the courses available in the UK and Ireland take a look at our postgraduate chemical engineering courses guide.

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