Research course

Chemistry (CCDC)

University of Cambridge · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Pass).

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

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) trained a number of PhD students under normal academic grants during its period as part of the Department of Chemistry (1965–89). In 1991, the independent CCDC set aside funds for the support of postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge, at other universities in the UK and abroad, and at the CCDC itself. Since 1991, around 50 students have received full or partial CCDC funding.

In all cases, the research projects have had relevance to the scientific interests and objectives of the CCDC, and in all cases, a CCDC staff member has been the official supervisor or a designated co-supervisor. Students have been supported at 16 different institutions (including the CCDC itself and the University of Cambridge). Thus, the CCDC has considerable experience of managing and supervising PhD students, both locally in Cambridge, and at external institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Centre is fully committed to the support and welfare of students, including the active management of any problems that may arise. In the local environment, the Centre collaborates fully with the policies and procedures of the Board of Graduate Studies, Degree Committees, and the Colleges. Relevant Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge and the customs and practices of the cognate department (Chemistry) are strictly adhered to. Direct feedback from students is both sought and welcomed.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research, research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • taken up relevant and highly useful researcher development training opportunities to develop skills and attributes for their desired future career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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