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.

Months of entry


Course content

Our alternative to the traditional PhD will:

  • enhance your research skills through our unique initial training period
  • introduce you to state-of-the-art automation and reaction technology
  • introduce you to new methods of computational chemistry, including AI
  • enable you to choose your own PhD project
  • encourage you to explore areas outside your comfort zone
  • foster a teamwork ethos through cohort-driven research
  • include entrepreneurship training to introduce you to the start-up culture
  • build personal confidence
  • create links with industry while working on real-world problems
  • allow you to interact with internationally renowned research groups
  • grow your employability and transferable skills

We are seeking applications from students covering the whole breadth of the synthetic chemistry spectrum, including computational modelling and automation and reactor technology. Our research is organised into themes, and we encourage applications from students whose interests lie within these:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

CDT Administration
+44 (0) 117 954 6314