Since May 2022 we have been ranked #1 in UK for Chemistry Research. We offer a world-class environment for your PhD or MSc research degree, with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure as well as support and guidance from internationally leading Academic Supervisors.

The School of Chemistry is an internationally recognised centre of teaching and research with extensive collaboration with science-based industries and academic centres throughout the world. Our postgraduate degree programmes are at the cutting edge of research.

Our programmes

We offer opportunities in a wide range of research topics and themes, including:

  • synthesis (organic and inorganic);
  • catalysis;
  • functional materials;
  • atmospheric chemistry;
  • theoretical chemistry;
  • synthetic biology;
  • spectroscopy;
  • soft matter and colloids;
  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • materials for energy.

We welcome applications and enquiries from candidates in the UK and overseas for both the MSc by Research and PhD programmes which are available in all branches of chemistry.

We offer two types of PhD programme: firstly, Chemistry PhD by Research projects which are supervised directly by Academic Staff members; and secondly, PhDs managed by one of our Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).  If you would like further advice about our PhD programmes, please contact the Postgraduate Administration. Email:

Chemistry PhD/MSc by Research

Our postgraduates make essential contributions to the School's research. In addition to doing research and enhancing chemistry skills, a wide range of opportunities are available to develop your transferable skills.

Our research is organised under five themes covering a wide spectrum of chemical sciences.

Centres for Doctoral Training

The school hosts two flagship EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) and is involved in the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP):

These centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train the next generation of chemical scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's issues and future challenges.

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Our research

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