Research course


University of Bristol · School of Chemistry
PhDMSc by research

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Entry requirements

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 an upper second-class BSc honours degree who can demonstrate good potential for research.

Months of entry


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:

  • technology enhanced chemical synthesis
  • aerosol science
  • synthetic biology
  • biosciences
  • earth and environmental sciences
  • composites science, engineering and manufacturing
  • quantum engineering
  • computational statistics and data science
  • future autonomous robotic systems
  • future innovation in non-destructive evaluation
  • digital health and care
  • biomedicine
  • trust, identity, privacy and security in large-scale infrastructures.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Aministrator
+44 (0) 117 928 7645