Research course

School of Chemistry

University of Leeds · School of Chemistry
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry or a related subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The School of Chemistry is a large, friendly department with; 55 faculty members; 140 postgraduate research students, and numerous post-doctoral workers. The equipment is state-of-the-art and labs are newly refurbished. There are very strong collaborations with industry.

The School of Chemistry can offer a variety of research opportunities in such areas as;

Colour and Polymer Science - Research areas include Colour Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Surface Coatings and Printed Electronics

Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry - Atmospheric Chemistry influences air quality and hence human health, and climate change and hence the future of our planet.

Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry - Research areas include Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, Mechanistic Enzymology, Biophysical Chemistry and Nanoscience with the aim of understanding fundamental biological mechanisms, and to develop new ways to treat disease.

Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics - Research that strives to understand and control atomic and molecular motion in chemical reactivity through Computational Chemistry and Experimental Chemical Physics,

Crystalisation and Direct Assembly - Research areas include Biomolecular Self-Assembly, Crystallization, Supramolecular Assembly and Crystal Engineering

Department specialisms

Bio-organic/medical chemistry; asymmetric synthesis; atmospheric chemistry; laser spectroscopy; supercritical fluids; synthetic methods; molecular recognition; supramolecular chemistry; protein folding; self-assembling molecules; reaction dynamics; computer drug design. Colour Chemistry, Polymers,

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to the relevant course website.

Fees and funding

EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC, MRC, industry, university scholarships, UK charities; ORS/Tetley-Lupton scholarships for international students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0113 343 6552