Research course


University of East Anglia · School of Chemistry
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The current research themes for supervision in chemistry are:

  • Chemical biology and bioorganic chemistry.
  • Computational and theoretical chemistry.
  • Energy and catalytic materials.
  • Molecular and structural biochemistry.
  • Nanosciences.
  • Synthetic biology.
  • Synthetic materials.
  • Ultrafast lasers.

Research in chemistry represents each of the three core branches of the subject, but is also highly cooperative across them, resulting in three principal research themes.
Synthetic chemistry research includes: methodology; biological and medicinal target molecule synthesis; synthesis of functional materials, and organometallics and polymerisation catalysts.
Research in Physical and Analytical chemistry encompasses: theoretical method development; laser spectroscopy (with applications in surface science, biophysics and atmospheric chemistry); the development of ‘smart' polymers and biosensors; bioanalytical chemistry; and mass spectrometry for forensic analysis.
Many of the faculty with interests in Synthetic and Physical and Analytical chemistry are members of the Wolfson Materials and Catalysis Centre.
Biophysical chemistry research includes: the development and application of biophysical methods for studying biomolecules, including novel magneto-optical spectroscopies and direct voltammetric methods; high resolution structural methods; and protein biochemistry.
Several faculty members with interests in Biological chemistry are members of the Centre for Molecular and Structural Biochemistry (CMSB) which incorporates the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Biophysical Chemistry.
An important aspect of chemistry research at UEA is a collaborative spirit that has led to strong interactions not only across the three principal themes, but also with Pharmacy, the other Science Schools, and the Research Institutes on the Norwich Research Park.

Department specialisms

Bio-organic Chemistry; Synthetic Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Analytical Science; Inorganic Chemistry; Spectroscopy; Biological Chemistry.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709