Research course


University of Bristol · School of Chemistry
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (eg MChem, MSci) or equivalent. Applicants with a lower second-class honours degree (e.g. MChem, MSci) or an upper second-class honours BSc degree may be admitted if they can demonstrate good potential for research.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Chemistry is an internationally recognised centre of teaching and research. Currently there are over 250 postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, from many different countries, working with more than 60 academic staff on a wide range of research themes. Extensive collaborations with science-based industries and leading international academic centres ensure that research in Bristol remains at the frontier of science.

The School of Chemistry is housed in spacious, modern laboratories, which are well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. There is a comprehensive graduate programme to ensure you have the opportunity to build a wide range of skills, both in chemistry and other transferable skills.

The School of Chemistry hosts or participates in a number of Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). Training opportunities in these national flagship centres are available in the following disciplines:

  • chemical synthesis
  • functional nanomaterials
  • catalysis
  • theory and modelling in chemical sciences
  • diamond science and technology
  • synthetic biology
  • advanced composites
  • earth and environmental sciences
  • quantum engineering
  • future autonomous and robotic systems
  • bioscience
  • condensed matter physics

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof. Charl FJ Faul