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Why study at Chester?

The University of Chester has been rated as one of the top 10 places in the UK to carry out postgraduate research.  

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from postgraduate research students about their learning and supervision experience.  The University was ranked 10th out of 66 institutions for ‘overall satisfaction’. It was also placed in fourth place (out of 60) for part-time students and in sixth place (out of 32) for ‘professional doctorate students for ‘overall satisfaction’.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Chester actively encourages cross-boundary research in energy storage, fuel cells, materials science, smart grids, sustainable processing and bioenergy. The Faculty supports this research with its superb facilities in analytical/surface science, software development and high-performance computing, electronics and pilot scale process technology.

Thornton Science Park

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park just outside Chester. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the campus continues the legacy of innovation in science and engineering in the North West.

The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best research and learning experience,  along with a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. A free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

Thornton is a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site, so students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.


Come and study at the University of Chester and earn a tax exempt sum of £15,000 per annum while completing your Master’s degree.

The Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington Project is providing MRes projects for 2019-2020 as well as short term five-week research projects.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a first or upper second class degree in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Computer Science or Mathematics and have an interest in developing low carbon technologies.