Research course


Lancaster University · Lancaster Environment Centre

Entry requirements

Upper second class undergraduate or Masters degree in Chemistry, or an equivalent degree in a related discipline such as Physics or Chemical Engineering, appropriate to the proposed research project.

Months of entry


Course content

We welcome applications from those seeking to perform leading fundamental and technologically relevant research across the areas of analytical chemistry and spectroscopy; chemical biology; materials; chemical theory and chemical computation; and a broad range of synthetic chemistry.

Our research-based PhDs are supported by taught courses, providing skills in modern research techniques, including analytical chemistry, experimental design, advanced laboratory techniques, spectroscopy, computational and materials chemistry, together with courses to develop transferable skills. This ensures that our postgraduate students extend their knowledge of all areas of chemistry, and possess a wide range of skills to aid employability.

Department specialisms

Research in the Department is broadly structured into a series of sub-disciplines or themes, including: • A wide range of synthetic chemistry • Chemical theory and computation • Analytical chemistry and spectroscopy • Chemical biology • Materials Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our research, individual topics often span several research themes. Potential areas of application include, but are not limited to: healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, and materials development. Prospective students may also suggest projects that are variations of our topics.

Information for international students

6.5 or equivalent (lower grade admissions may be possible via separate pre-sessional English courses).

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592 133
+44 (0)1524 593996