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

As one of the first disciplines to be established at the University, the School of Chemistry has always maintained its position as one of the leading research centres in the UK, while retaining a friendly, open and relaxed environment. We are one of the top 10 Schools of Chemistry in the country, according to the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) with 98% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our research quality was also ranked in the top five. Our research work is financed by multi-million pound grant holdings, won competitively from sources such as the National Research Councils, the Royal Society, charitable trusts (including Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts and the Wolfson Foundation), industrial companies and the European Union. Key research in the School includes biological, synthetic, materials, nanoscience and forensic chemistry. Our research represents each of the three core branches of chemistry, but is also highly cooperative across them, resulting in three principal research themes. Synthetic Chemistry research includes: methodology and target molecule synthesis; synthesis of functional materials and supramolecular chemistry; organometallics and polymerisation catalysts; biological chemistry and unnatural amino acids; mechanism and physical organic chemistry. Physical and Analytical Chemistry research encompasses: fundamental theory; calculation and simulation of molecular dynamics; advanced multidimensional laser spectroscopy; biophysics; development of ‘smart’ polymers and biosensors; nanoscience for imaging and energy materials. Biophysical Chemistry research involves: protein biochemistry and the development and application of biophysical methods for studying biomolecules. These include: novel magneto-optical spectroscopies; NMR; protein electrochemistry; high resolution structural methods; native mass spectrometry. We pride ourselves on our collaborative spirit. This has led to strong interactions not only across the three principal themes, but also with the School of Pharmacy, the other Science Schools, and the research institutes on the Norwich Research Park.

More information on our research and current research opportunities.

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

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709