Postgraduate study


Teesside is a major international centre for the chemical and process industries and home to some of the most advanced pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies in the world. The region also hosts major international engineering design and construction industries. We enjoy close links with engineering industries on Teesside - many are involved in designing and delivering our programmes. This ensures that your chosen programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills sought by employers.

First-class facilities

You study in a purpose-built, high-quality learning environment. Engineering laboratories include designated areas for aerospace engineering, civil engineering and the built environment, computer-aided design and manufacture, power plants, control systems and automation, electrical engineering and telecommunications. In addition there are specialist pilot plant facilities for chemical and mechanical engineering.

Our nanotechnology facility allows typical semiconductor processes such as photolithography, and material deposition and etching techniques to be carried out in a controlled environment. Other microfabrication systems are integrated into the facility, together with atomic force microscopy equipment.

We recently completed a multimillion-pound refurbishment project of our Orion laboratories and workshops. Together with further developments in Stephenson we offer new technical facilities and equipment which you can benefit from throughout your studies.

Process and manufacturing industry
This flexible multifunctional industry-standard facility includes a commercial supervisory control (SCADA) system linked to a range of process plants, distillation and separation columns, pyrolysis plant for reprocessing waste into chemicals, bioreactor and steam autoclave/pasteurisation plant. We have invested in 3D printing and laser processing facilities for chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, food science and engineering, instrumentation and control engineering, biotechnology, biomanufacturing and chemistry students.

Power engineering
At the heart of the new facility is a power system simulator laboratory – a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory allowing you to explore the practical aspects of power generation and distribution including renewable and sustainable energy sources and their interaction with the distribution grid. This facility replicates characteristics of major power stations and wind generation facilities operating in Teesside, allowing you to learn about the most relevant current techniques and how these are implemented within an industrial environment.

Aerospace engineering
Our new integrated flight simulation laboratory, together with facilities for physical and load testing aircraft structures, complements the facilities available at our partner college in Hartlepool. You can gain realistic experience of aircraft control and behaviour, and work on aircraft design projects.

Centre for testing and characterisation
We have developed a physical testing and characterisation centre, building on the University’s existing facilities in electron microscopy, X-ray, spectroscopic and thermal analysis. The new facilities include updated mechanical testing equipment, the latest hyperspectral imaging technologies, and techniques for analysing powders and particulates in dry and suspension form. These techniques are used in industries as diverse as oil and gas, pharmaceutical production and forensic investigation to understand the causes of failure or to develop new products.

Learning environment
The three-storey glass-fronted extension to Orion provides a modern open learning environment. Here you have access to numerous workstations, and formal and informal seating areas for private and group study.


Engineering research by staff in the School of Science and Engineering has been highly commended. The latest national Research Excellence Framework 2014 has rated 90% of our research as having 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact.

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  • 90% of our engineering research was rated as having 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact
  • Professional body accreditation for several of our postgraduate courses
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment