Research course


University of Cambridge · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course must have achieved a master's degree (pass). Applicants with undergraduate degrees only will not usually be considered.

At least a 2.1 UK four-year "undergraduate master's" (honours) degree or a UK three-year bachelor's (honours) degree plus a relevant one- or two-year master's degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Chemistry in Cambridge aims to support fundamental science of the highest quality in a first-class physical environment. The Department includes a large number of internationally recognised research groups covering an exceptionally broad spectrum of chemical science ranging from molecular biology to geophysics. Our enthusiastic research culture embraces new challenging areas, including strong collaborations with other academic disciplines and institutions, while maintaining a powerful presence in the traditional core areas of chemistry.

The PhD is offered by the Department of Chemistry as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. (Applications from part-time students may also be considered but there are attendance requirements and you will need to live close enough to Cambridge to fulfil these.) Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by joining a research group, supervised by one of our academic staff, in one of the following areas of chemistry:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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