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. This ensures that your chosen programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills sought by employers.

Reporting on engineering at Teesside University

A tour of Teesside University engineering facilities and employer partnerships, enabling us to produce graduates ready for the world of work.

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 engineering, 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.

Discover more about our current research projects

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 you with the ideal environment for supervision, resource allocation and networking with other researchers.

We receive funding from sources such as the research councils, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, the EU and industry, and we work in conjunction with a wide range of organisations. Examples have included Sony, LG-Philips, ICI, Zeneca, British Gas, BNFL, Allied Colloids, British Steel, Davy Energy & Environmental, Rolls-Royce, Exxon Chemicals Ltd, Ferrati Systeca, Whitbread, Cummins Engine Company, Holset Engineering Co Ltd, J-L Automation UK, Cooperheat, Wishbone, Newage, Goodrich and ABB.

We also work closely with regional centres including the Centre for Process Innovation, which is dedicated to the development and application of activities which achieve sustained radical improvement in business performance within the process sector as well as emerging technologies, particularly at the micro and nano scale.

We have facilities for R&D in electrotechnology, advanced materials, manufacturing technology, environmental monitoring and the built environment. We also have extensive modern laboratory facilities for analytical science, microbiology, molecular biology and food technology.

UK-based research students may be funded by either UK or overseas sources, and opportunities are available for students based abroad to enrol and register for MPhil or PhD awards.

Studentships, scholarships, paid assistantships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships may be available, subject to funding.

Innovative construction
Construction research at Teesside is highly regarded nationally and internationally and is strongly backed by a range of companies in the industry. In recent years, the University has received over £3m in grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Department of the Environment industry EUFP7 and other sources. Research activities encompass three main strands of activity: urban planning and development, management and the application of IT in the construction process, and environmental civil engineering.

Areas of interest include:

  • the use of virtual reality systems and 4D planning in construction site planning and management
  • development of intelligent methodologies for the integration of design and construction processes
  • development of expert systems for environmental engineering
  • methodologies for waste auditing
  • landfill waste pre-treatment methods
  • intelligent analysis of energy information
  • sustainable design and construction

Environmental management and technology
Work in this area is related to sustainability and the environment as they affect industry, urban and rural communities. Our activities centre on biological, chemical and engineering aspects of environmental science and technology. Substantial funding has been received from organisations including the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, local industry and consultancies, European Regional Development Fund, Middlesbrough Environment City, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the EU.

Areas of interest include:

  • industrial symbiosis
  • boremediation
  • industrial biotechnology
  • manufacturing technology BAT
  • organic and inorganic sensing
  • environmental management
  • biotechnology
  • land reclamation
  • waste recycling, recovery and re-use
  • renewable energy
  • sustainable technology and design

Manufacturing and process technology
We conduct research in a broad range of subjects encompassing manufacturing, mechanics, materials, process technology and chemical engineering.

Areas of interest include:

  • computer-integrated manufacturing
  • robotics
  • machining processes and tribology
  • thermofluids
  • fluid dynamics and fluid particle interactions
  • process economics and process control
  • process and flow monitoring
  • powder processing
  • functional materials and coatings
  • metal casting technology

Our engineering research, particularly in the environmental engineering, manufacturing and process technology areas, is closely linked to that of our research teams in applied science and nanotechnology.

Our REF results
Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) have highlighted the benefit and impact of our research. Research produced at Teesside University was considered to have strong impact. 90% of the engineering submission was rated as having 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact.
Impact accounts for 20% of the evaluation under the REF 2014 and requires higher education institutions to demonstrate the beneficial impact of their research to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life.


  • 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