A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.
- Transcripts/degree certificate
- Two references
- A one-page research proposal
- Name of potential Supervisor
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
The School of Chemistry is expert at designing new catalysts for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry while using advanced molecular technologies to create self-fabricating materials. Our research covers all aspects of chemistry, as well as the interfaces with biology, materials science, medicine and physics.
We provide a truly dynamic research environment. At any time we have about 40 academic staff, 120 research students and 40 research assistants and fellows, all working in close collaboration with industry in the UK and internationally.
We host a range of RCUK and industrially-funded research projects, and several research fellowships.
We are a member of ScotCHEM that brings together seven universities in Scotland. ScotCHEM is committed to excellence and to providing the highest quality postgraduate education and researcher experience. The umbrella structure of ScotCHEM encompasses West CHEM, a dynamic research environment which links the chemistry research schools of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
Our research encompasses traditional organic, inorganic and physical chemistry and is organised into the following research groupings:
- Heterogeneous Catalysis
- Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
- Complex Chemistry [The Cronin Group)
- Dynamics and Structure
- Nanoscience and Materials Chemistry
Illustrative research topics
- Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
- Computational theory
- Sensing, imaging and diagnostics
- Oxidative stress and cancer
- Anti- microbial, viral and parasitic drugs
- Synthetic biology
- Synthetic methodology and total synthesis of natural products
- Inorganic biology
- Synthetic systems and hybrid devices
- Ultrafast chemical physics
- Photonics and metamaterials
- Solid-state NMR
- Photochemistry and chemical dynamics
- Visualisation and manipulation of chemical structures
- Microporous solids
- Single molecule magnets
- Sustainable energy and hydrogen storage materials
- Conjugated and non-conjugated polymer synthesis, photovoltaics.
Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
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