Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Chemistry
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for MSc or MPhil courses will require a minimum of 2(ii) honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry or other related disciplines. For a Doctorate level programme (e.g. PhD) it will be an 2(i) UK Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The School has particular strengths in biological chemistry and organic synthesis, computational and theoretical chemistry, materials chemistry (inorganic and polymer), magnetic resonance and structural chemistry, radiochemistry and environmental chemistry and nanoscience. State-of-the-art equipment, new laboratories and first-rate spectroscopic services support and compliment these activities. Each student has at least one supervisor and an advisor with pastoral responsibility.

In addition to superb research facilities, postgraduates in the school have a graduate common room and use of a computer cluster. You receive training in health and safety, fire fighting, library skills and written and oral presentation skills. If you do not have a masters degree you take taught course units in chemistry

Department specialisms

Biological Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Theoretical Chemistry CDT programme in Next Generation Nuclear (NGN)

Information for international students

Students whose first degree has not been studied in English will normally have to reach a required standard in an International English language examination: IELTS > 6.5 (with no sub-test under 5.5)

Fees and funding

Research Council studentships (EC nationals only), School awards, University Studentships. Please see

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
84 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
0161 306 9279
0161 275 4598