Postgraduate degree programmes

We welcome applications and enquiries from candidates in the UK and overseas for both the MSc by Research and PhD programs which are available in all branches of chemistry. All research degrees are awarded on the basis of the presentation and examination of a thesis and an oral examination (viva voce). Annual Progress Monitoring ensures satisfactory performance each year.

In addition, the Graduate School offers a varied series of postgraduate lectures and an extensive research seminar programme with internationally leading scientists reporting their latest results in cutting edge research. Also available are special postgraduate courses run as part of our Centres for Doctoral Training as well as many opportunities for training courses within the Bristol Doctoral College

PhD programme

The PhD programme usually takes 3.5 - 4 years to complete. Postgraduates make a vital contribution in research whilst developing a variety of skills in chemistry and transferable skills in other areas for example, oral and poster presentations both in Bristol and at conferences, report writing, team working, public engagement in science and health and safety. 

MSc by research

The MSc by Research programme takes a maximum of 2 years, although laboratory based work can be completed in as little as 12 months. 

How to apply

Applications are accepted throughout the year. To make an application please complete the online application form.

Please note that a research proposal is not required, but you should indicate your general area of research interest (e.g. laser spectroscopy, organic synthesis, catalysis etc) and preferred supervisor(s) if known.

It is not necessary to contact potential supervisors separately, although this can be helpful if you wish to find out more information about their specific areas of research.

If you wish to apply to more than one programme e.g. a standard route PhD in Chemistry and the TECS CDT, please submit only one application and indicate on the form that you are interested in both.

If you have any queries about completing the application form contact:

Visiting the School of Chemistry

Applicants from the UK 

Bristol has been named the best place to live in Britain! So there has never been a better time to come and visit this fantastic city and learn more about the University of Bristol and the postgraduate courses on offer.

Although we do not usually hold Postgraduate Open Days, candidates from the UK will be able to visit the Department once the complete application has been received. During the visit there will be opportunity to discuss research projects with several members of academic staff, to meet postgraduates and to see the facilities. 

International applicants

It is often not practical for international students to visit the Department due to travel costs, therefore virtual meetings and/or interviews will be set up instead. In addition, you can see the campus via a virtual tour.

Entry requirements

Read our Admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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