Research course

Bristol Chemical Synthesis (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

University of Bristol · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours MSci/MChem degree, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

We are a world-class Centre for Doctoral Training for Synthetic Chemistry in the UK. Synthetic Chemistry is one of the CDTs hosted by the School of Chemistry offering training in a number of different disciplines.

Our alternative to the traditional PhD will:

  • enhance your research skills through our unique initial training period
  • enable you to choose your own PhD project
  • encourage you to explore areas outside your comfort zone
  • foster a teamwork ethos through cohort-driven research
  • build personal confidence
  • create links with industry while working on real-world problems
  • allow you to interact with international renowned research groups
  • increase your employability by building on your transferable skills

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has recognised the quality of our training by allowing students in their final year to apply for partial accreditation of the Chartered Chemist qualification (CChem).

We are seeking applications from students covering the whole breadth of the synthetic chemistry discipline. Our research is organised into themes, and we encourage applications from students whose interests lie within these:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules
  • Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials
  • Development of expedient new synthetic methodologies
  • Chemistry, synthesis and activity of natural products
  • Cleaner synthesis

Studentships last for four years and cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Applications are welcomed from students with or expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours MSci/MChem (or equivalent).

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

Our fully-funded studentships cover all University fees for the duration of the programme, as well as a yearly stipend for living expenses. The yearly stipend is set by RCUK; further information can be found on their website,

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students can be found on our webpage,

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Ms Mar Ruiz CDT Administration
+44 (0) 117 954 6314