Faculty of Science



  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Application deadline: There are three entry points in the academic year: October, January and April. For an October start the deadline is 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: At least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components)

Tuition fees

E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Chemistry

Research in the Department of Chemistry spans all sub-disciplines, from theoretical physical chemistry to biological chemistry and antibody engineering. There are four research groups:

Why study Chemistry with us?

  • Our buildings provide world-class, cutting-edge facilities with all laboratories purpose-designed to a high standard.
  • Work space and rest areas outside of laboratory areas for all staff and researchers.
  • A special operations synthetic unit built to "Zone 1" classification.
  • Dedicated computational facilities and extensive networking capabilities.

What will I learn?

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses which include the full use of the analytical instrumentation and services availablem and 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 computational. While students will 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 topics from very different points of view, thus allowing our students to understand fully the context of their research. 

For further information please see our department pages.

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Career opportunities

Recent Bath graduates have gone on to postdoctoral research in the UK, USA including Princeton, Harvard and Yale, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Brunei and New Zealand.

Employers include the NIST Centre for Neutron Research, Tocris, EPSRC and the Royal Society of Chemistry.