Research course


Durham University · Department of Chemistry
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the PhD include an upper second class Masters (MChem) degree; entry requirements for the MSc include a lower second class Masters (MChem) degree, although students with a second class Bachelors degree may be considered for MSc research programmes.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The Department has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research which covers a wide scientific spectrum from the development of bioactive probes through to the theory and computational study of molecular interactions. More details can be found via the web pages of our six research groupings. We work closely with many other Departments within the University, institutes such as the Biophysical Sciences Institute and Durham Energy Institute as well as research centres in areas such as Sustainable Chemistry, X-ray methods and Soft Matter. We also have strong links with many Universities, Research Centres and Companies in the UK and overseas.

Department specialisms

Organic Chemistry: Fluorine Chemistry, Macrocycles, Biological, Mechanistic; Inorganic Chemistry: Transition Metal, Main Group; Physical Chemistry: Solid State, Surface, Theoretical, X-ray Crystallography, Soft materials, Nanoscale chemistry, Sensing, Polymers.

Information for international students

English Language requirements include an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Doctoral Training Account studentships (EU students only); studentships funded through industry, research foundations, or bodies such as the European Commission; UK Research councils including EPSRC and BBSRC; Chevening Scholarships and funding from the British Council, UKIERI or Royal Society may also be available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Chemistry
(0191) 334 2029