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 (eg 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 one of the largest in the UK and an internationally recognised centre of teaching and research. Currently there are over 250 postgraduate and postdoctoral 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
  • science and technology of diamond
  • synthetic biology
  • advanced composites
  • earth and environmental sciences
  • quantum engineering
  • future autonomous and robotic systems
  • bioscience
  • condensed matter physics

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The school provides financial support for PhD students from a number of sources, including UK research councils, industry and scholarships. There is no separate application form for these.

School scholarships, which are awarded to cover bench fees (which may be charged), are available for the duration of a PhD. The maximum value of such a bench-fee scholarship is £24,000 over the duration of a PhD project.

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

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 117 928 8166