Research course


University of Bristol · School of Chemistry
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class MSci/MChem honours degree in chemistry, or a relevant related discipline, or a postgraduate MSc or international equivalent. We may consider applicants with a lower second-class MSci/MChem honours degree, or a first or upper second-class BSc honours degree who can demonstrate good potential for research.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Chemistry is an internationally recognised centre for teaching and research, ranking #1 in the UK for Chemistry research (THE analysis of REF 2021). We offer a world-class environment for your PhD or MSc research degree, with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, as well as support and guidance from internationally leading Academic Supervisors. There are currently over 250 postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, from many different countries, working with more than 50 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 frontiers 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 support programme to ensure you have the opportunity to build a wide range of skills, both in chemistry and other transferable skills which will be useful to you in your future career.

The School of Chemistry hosts and 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:

Hosted in the School of Chemistry:

  • technology enhanced chemical synthesis
  • aerosol science

External partnerships:

  • synthetic biology
  • biosciences
  • earth and environmental sciences
  • composites science, engineering and manufacturing

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

The School of Chemistry offers financial support for PhD students from a range of sources, including UK research councils, industry and other scholarship schemes. There is no separate application form for these, unless otherwise stated on the School's website.

A limited number of School of Chemistry bursaries are available to cover bench fees, which may otherwise be charged.

If you wish to be considered for NERC GW4+ DTP funding for this programme please refer to the NERC GW4+ DTP prospectus page for guidance in making a PhD application.

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact the School of Chemistry's admissions team with any funding queries.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Director of Postgraduate Recruitment
+44 (0) 117 928 9180