Postgraduate study

Science & Environment

The growing importance of food technology, biotechnology, energy and the environment means that qualified professionals and managers, with the knowledge and skills to drive change and developments, will be in high demand for many years.

Teesside University is close to some of the most advanced pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical companies in the world, as well as a major NHS trust. Our courses are designed with employer and professional input to help you gain relevant knowledge and develop the practical skills needed in industry. Our graduates are able to apply their subject knowledge with confidence to real-world situations, helping them on the path to successful careers. The core philosophy behind our courses is to develop the problem solvers, innovators and leaders of the future.

Microscopy laboratory

Here at Teesside we have world-class facilities, including our microscopy laboratory, it's a 360 video so have a scroll around.

Quality teaching

Our courses provide a high level of academic education combined with development of a wide range of practical skills. This ensures graduates are able to apply their subject knowledge to real-world situations and substantially improve their employment prospects. The core philosophy behind all our science, sustainability and environment courses is to develop the problem solvers, innovators and leaders of the future.

Teesside University is close to some of the most advanced pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical companies in the world, as well as a major NHS trust. By fostering close links with regional and national businesses, and involving employers and professionals in developing and delivering courses, we make every effort to ensure they are relevant to the workplace.

First-class facilities

You have access to specialist facilities including molecular biology, microbiology, food processing technology, food product development, anatomy and physiology, and analytical chemistry laboratories.

A specialised tissue culture laboratory, a hydroponics laboratory and specialist facility to research the ability of micro-organisms to clean polluted environments are also available.

Our extensive laboratory facilities and equipment support the teaching on your course and offer you the opportunity to undertake a research project selected from a wide range of topics relevant to your course. Facilities and equipment include:
• electron microscopy
• x-ray
• spectroscopic and thermal analysis
• scanning electron microscopes
• nanotechnology/clean-room facility
• gas chromatography
• mass spectrometry
• Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS)
• bioreactor and steam autoclave/pasteurisation plant
• spectrophotometry
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
• food preparation and processing equipment
• molecular and tissue culture equipment
• orbital incubators
• microbiology/molecular biology facility
• Hazard Group 2 facilities


We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas.

Research activity is organised within the Technology Futures Institute which provides a supportive environment for supervision, resource allocation and networking with other researchers.

The School of Science & Engineering has a broad range of facilities for carrying out research and development work, including extensive modern laboratory facilities for analytical science, materials science and processing microbiology, molecular biology and food technology. We also have excellent facilities for nano- and microfabrication, including clean rooms (class 100 and class 1000), photolithography, wet and dry etching, metallisation and thin film deposition, screen printing, hot embossing, micro-injection moulding, laser ablation and device packaging.

We have recently invested heavily in a range of analytical facilities including environmental electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, surface energy measurement system, thermal analysis (Simultaneous TGA/DTA), electrochemical impedance and a scanning electrochemical microscope.

Our research is heavily applications driven and involves extensive collaboration with UK and international organisations. Current sponsors and collaborators include DTI, Rolls Royce, Newage, Goodrich, LG-Philips, Masonlite, Epichem, Attiger Ltd, University of Liverpool, Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), Queen Mary University, Brunel University, Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and One NorthEast.

Areas of research include:

Materials Processing and Chemical Nanotechnology

  • nano and functional materials
  • smart materials
  • sol-gel chemistry and processing
  • nanocomposite materials and hybrids
  • high-performance coatings.

Nano and Micro Devices

  • optical and electrochemical sensors
  • micro-fluidic devices
  • nano- and micro-fabrication
  • Lab on Chip analytical systems
  • flexible electronics.

Biotechnology and Applied Bioscience

  • development of microbiological environmental waste treatments
  • functional foods
  • probiotics
  • nanoparticles in medicine and nano-toxicology

Our applied science research is closely linked to the School's engineering research, particularly in the environmental engineering, manufacturing and process technology areas.


  • State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment
  • Courses designed with input from employers and professionals
  • Small student group sizes