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    The PhD in Chemical Engineering is a 3-year research degree which may be undertaken in one of the Department's Research Focus Areas and/or the Centre for Process Systems Engineering and the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre.

    The Department adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research, with interests ranging from fundamentals to practical applications.  We organise our research in to four domain-driven themes, which comprise five 'core laboratories':

    • Materials
    • Physical Properties & Analytics
    • Reaction & Catalysis
    • Systems
    • Transport & Separation

    The teaching and research laboratories are exceptionally well equipped and fully backed by comprehensive technical services. First-class computing facilities are provided.

    Each PhD student has both a supervisor and an additional mentor of the academic staff. The progress of research students is carefully monitored throughout the period of study.

    Key stages during your PhD registration

    Upon arrival

    • registration with the College (online) and with the Department (Postgraduate Office)

    • attend safety inductions (general and lab safety, take RAFT test,...)

    • if you are a non-native speakers of English, you will need to fulfil the English Language Requirement and take an initial English test as soon as possible or apply for exemption

    Research plan (0-1 month)

    • title and objectives of your research project

    • a more detailed plan for the first year

    • courses and training to be taken

    • to be submitted to the Postgraduate Administrator within 1 month of initial registration for approval by the Director of Postgraduate Studies

    Early stage review (8-9 months)

    • PhD confirmation report to be submitted to Postgraduate Administrator 7-8 months after initial registration

    • oral presentation and exam (30 mins presentation followed by oral exam by 2 assessors)

    • 4 A-list transferable skills courses or residential course (RSD) plus 1 additional A- or B-list course

    • summary of 3 seminars in the Distinguished Seminar Series

    • further English test if required after initial test

    Late stage review (18-21 months)

    • summary of your achievements so far

    • final year research plan

    • summary of 3 more seminars in the Distinguished Seminar Series

    • to be submitted to the Postgraduate Administrator 18-21 months after initial registration for approval by the Director of Postgraduate Studies


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    program_requirements

    • normally, an upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in an engineering or scientific discipline. 
    • registration with the College (online) and with the Department (Postgraduate Office)
    • attend safety inductions (general and lab safety, take RAFT test,...)
    • if you are a non-native speakers of English, you will need to fulfil the English Language Requirement and take an initial English test as soon as possible or apply for exemption

    If you are applying for a PhD, we will also check your qualifications. If you fulfil our entry requirement, we will pass your application on to potential PhD supervisors. If there is a project for which you may be suitable, you may be invited for interview or you may be offered a position, if an interview is not feasible and you are the only suitable candidate for a particular project. If you have already been in contact with a potential supervisor and discussed a project, please indicate this on your application form.

    Please note that an offer can only be sent out once the College has received two satisfactory references. The references need to be sent or submitted online by the referees. Any electronic references need to come from official institution e-mail addresses. References submitted from webmail accounts or open references submitted directly by the applicant are not acceptable.

    The Department of Chemical Engineering has fully-funded scholarships available for outstanding PhD applicants to start in 2015.  Applications are open throughout the year.

    The standard period of the scholarship is 42 months.  The scholarships are open to all applicants regardless of their fee status, and cover both tuition fees and an annual tax-free contribution to maintenance costs of £15,500.

    The Department is one of the world’s leading institutions in both teaching and research of chemical engineering. It has been ranked top in Chemical Engineering in all of the UK Research Assessment Exercises, and covers a broad spectrum of science and engineering relevant to all areas of chemical engineering.  

    We are seeking outstanding researchers to join the Department.  Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a First Class Honours degree at Master’s level (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, another branch of engineering or a related science.

    How to apply:

    • Applications should be made through the College’s online application system.  Please make sure that you upload your full university transcripts, English test result sheet (if applicable), a short personal statement and reference information.  You will be issued with a College ID number after your application has been submitted online.
    • Please email the Postgraduate Administrator (s.underwood@imperial.ac.uk) with the following information: Name, College ID and date of application.  Please include “PhD Scholarships in Chemical Engineering” in the subject title.

    The first Scholarship selection panel will meet in January 2015 to consider applications received by the10th December 2014.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview shortly after this panel meeting.

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