Details on all our postgraduate programmes can be found on the study site.
For more general postgraduate information please visit the Science Graduate School.
Our PhD programme is for graduates who are aiming for a career in academic or industrial research. The PhD is a research degree that is assessed by submission of a thesis and externally examined.
Students coming to do a PhD are normally registered for a MPhil degree and then transferred to the PhD course after one year.
Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses which include the full use of the analytical instrumentation and services available, are encouraged to attend our seminars and to attend international scientific meetings relevant to their research area.
We offer programmes leading to a PhD degree in four classical divisions of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical. While the students would be formally associated with one of these divisions, the research carried out in our Department is interdisciplinary. The current focus areas are: Catalysis and Synthesis, Energy, Environment and Health, Materials, and Sustainability. Each focus group is composed of members of staff that approach these topic from very different points of view, thus allowing our students to understand fully the context of their research.
An alternative to the standard PhD is to undertake an Integrated PhD or Sustainable Chemical Technologies Integrated PhD. These four year PhD programmes include a number of taught units to further increase the range of skills of our students.