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Top 100 university for Chemical Engineering – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

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Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential.

Research excellence 

Our School is internationally recognised for high-quality fundamental and applied research covering many aspects of chemical and process engineering science and practice. We are ranked in the top 100 in the world for chemical engineering according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia. Many of our funded project studentships are in collaboration with our industrial partners. 

Research facilities

We have all the facilities you’ll need to support your research. We invest millions of pounds each year to ensure we maintain a first-class learning and research environment. Facilities include: advanced electron optics for nano-scale materials characterisation, preparative facilities for making and characterising particulate systems for a wide range of technological materials, pilot scale combustion systems and an advanced energy systems including fusion cells and a combustion CAP suite.

Professional development 

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. Our researcher training and development hub provides you with access to tailored training and development opportunities designed to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment. 

Exceptional experience 

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of over 500 engineering and computing postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. As well as a lead supervisor who’ll provide guidance and support on your project, you’ll also be associated with one of our research groups, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis. 

Rewarding careers

During your time with us, you’ll have the support of our dedicated employability team as well as the University’s Careers Centre. Each offers a wide range of services designed to assist you in developing your career. The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: BP, GE Global Research, Home Office, Rolls Royce  and Shell. 
 

Tim Stevenson - PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in the Piezoelectrics group

The diversity and breadth of my experience at Leeds, the opportunities it presented, and the support of the University, allowed me to start a spin out company, aimed at commercialising the research from my Ph.D.
Tim Stevenson