Research course


University of Cambridge · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry or other relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil is offered by the Department of Chemistry as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. 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 with a focus on enzymes, nucleic acids, protein folding and misfolding, and physical techniques; with relevance to health and disease, drug discovery, sensors, nanotechnology, ageing and energy research applications.
  • Materials Chemistry including surfaces, interfaces, polymers, nanoparticles and nanoporous materials, self assembly, and biomaterials, with applications relevant to: oil recovery and separation, catalysis, photovoltaics, fuel cells and batteries, crystallization and pharmaceutical formulation, gas sorption, energy, functional materials, biocompatible materials, computer memory, and sensors.
  • Physical Chemistry including atmospheric sciences, surfaces and interfaces, materials, and physical and chemical aspects of the behaviour of biopolymers and other soft systems.
  • Synthetic Chemistry including complex molecule synthesis, synthetic catalysis, synthetic assembly, synthetic biology and medicine, new technology for efficient synthesis, green synthesis, and preparation of new materials.
  • Theory, Modelling and Informatics including quantum dynamics, modelling soft materials, protein folding and binding, biomolecules in motion, pharmacological activity, molecular switches, redox chemistry, designing bioactive molecule and drugs, chemical biology, crystallography, and simulation of spectroscopic studies.

Potential supervisors and their area of research expertise may be found at Department of Chemistry (Research)

Educational aims of the MPhil programme:

  • to give students with relevant experience at first degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision;
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests and a broader set of transferable skills.

Department specialisms

Atmospheric and Gas Phase Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Materials, Polymers and Nanoscience; Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy; Surfaces, Interfaces and Heterogeneous Catalysis; Synthetic and Mechanistic Chemistry; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and Informatics

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Admissions Secretary
01223 762031
01223 336067