Research course


University of Liverpool · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Generally, the minimum qualifications for entry to MPhil or PhD study are a first or 2:1 class MChem degree, or their international equivalents, in Chemistry or a closely-related discipline. Applicants with good lower second class degrees may be accepted but each case is considered on its merits and depends on a suitable award being available. An optional entry route is available for intending students who already have a research Masters degree and wish to go on to PhD, for which a minimum of two years of study is needed. It is possible to study full or part-time for an MPhil or PhD. Part-time study is arranged through enquiry on an individual basis and is useful where the intending student works in industry and wants to continue doing so while studying.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Staff in the Department of Chemistry have a broad range of research interests providing opportunities for postgraduate research leading to the award of MPhil and PhD. The Department is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, analytical services and specialist instrumentation within research groups.

Subject Overview

The Department benefits from online subscriptions to a vast number of primary research journals and access to online databases to facilitate your literature searching. As part of your research training, and to develop your communication skills, you will be encouraged to attend conferences and present your results both within the Department and externally. Some illustrative titles of recent PhD theses are:

  • Synthesis and applications of metal (IV) phosphates, phosphonates and their analogues in oxidation reactions using hydrogen peroxide
  • The self-assembly of nanostructured gold dithiol systems
  • The synthesis of nucleotide analogues using the Michaelis-Arbuzov Reaction
  • Pulsed reaction studies of simple reactions on alumina supported rhodium
  • Inhibitors of alpha-methylacyl-CoAracemase
  • New robust and chiralmolecular frameworks.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
48-84 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927