Research course

Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis

University of Bristol · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

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

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

Based at the School of Chemistry, our alternative to the traditional PhD offers a unique training period designed to strengthen your research techniques and introduce new technologies for Chemical Synthesis through lab rotations. You will benefit from developing a range of transferable skills (including presentation, teamwork and problem-solving) to enhance your employability.

After successfully completing the training element, you will embark on a lab research project in Chemical Synthesis. During this time, your scientific development will continue to be enhanced by entrepreneurship training and further professional and academic courses provided by our industrial partners. As a result, you will end your PhD as a well-rounded candidate for both industry and academia.

We are seeking applications from students covering the whole breadth of the synthetic chemistry spectrum. We encourage applications from students whose interests include:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Computational modelling and automation
  • 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 and reactor technology.

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

This is one of the two CDTs hosted by the School of Chemistry offering training in a number of different disciplines.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

We have a number of EPSRC-funded studentships, which will be allocated to successful candidates (national and international).

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

Course contact details

CDT Administration Manager
+44 (0) 0117 455 9863