Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree in Chemistry, or an MSci or MChem with upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Studying for an MPhil/PhD at UCL Chemistry means joining a thriving department along with a large cohort of researchers working alongside academics and, potentially, industry. The department has wide-ranging links with science and technology industries offering excellent prospects for employability.

UCL Chemistry has excellent facilities, a large research staff and postgraduate research cohort spanning a broad range of cutting-edge science and the department is situated in the heart of the UCL campus. There are very strong interdisciplinary links with other departments, including the London Centre for Nanotechnology and extensive collaborations with industry.

Department specialisms

Research areas and structure Biocatalysis and synthetic biology Bionanotechnology Chemical biology and drug discovery Chemical modification and synthesis of proteins and complex peptides Chemical sensors and gas-phase electrochemistry Chemistry in interstellar space Computational chemistry, from materials simulations to quantum dynamics Computational chemistry - biomolecular simulations and drug design Development of chemical probes for biological systems Development of synthetic methodology for organic synthesis Gas-phase reactions of ions and molecules related to atmospheric chemistry Industrial materials New synthetic methods for inorganic materials Thin film growth and analysis Surface solid-state science Ultrafast molecular dynamics and coherent control. The department takes a leading role in the following interdisciplinary research centres, which bring together expertise from various departments in UCL, and which maintain strong and coherent links with external institutions: The Centre for Computational Science (CCS) The Centre for Cosmic Chemistry and Physics The Materials Chemistry Centre. The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology UK Catalysis Hub- Research Complex at Harwell The Francis Crick Institute (2015 onwards)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.

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