- Supervisory team
Research in the Department of Chemistry spans all sub-disciplines, from theoretical physical chemistry to biological chemistry and antibody engineering.
There are five research themes:
The department also works in collaboration with the following Centres for Doctoral training (CDTs):
You may start this programme at any time. Most students start in September.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.
- Writing up
- Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
- Submission for examination
- Examination (Viva Voce)
- Examiners report
- Final submission of thesis / portfolio
Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses which include the full use of the analytical instrumentation and services available 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.
Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.
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; this can be written in both traditional as well as alternative (by publication) style.
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.
First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject
English Language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
- The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
- TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.
These fees are for the academic years stated only. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.
Home and Island students
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage and the amount will be set out on our fee page in December for the following academic year.
If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.
Programme titleChemistry PhD
Mode of studyFull-time
LocationUniversity of Bath
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
3 months prior to the intended start date (for International applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for Home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (International) and 31 July (Home).
See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study
All candidates are interviewed by two members of academic staff - one of whom is normally the prospective lead supervisor. The interview could be carried out remotely using Skype / Teams / Zoom, or alternatively could be done in person at the University of Bath, if appropriate.
This PhD is covered by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Unless you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national you will need an ATAS Certificate to join this course.
If you are an international student applying for this course, find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.