Research course


University of Surrey · Department of Chemical Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (2.1 or above) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our Chemistry PhD will deepen your understanding of the latest advances in synthetic and medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, fuel cell research, nanotechnology, environmental, forensic and computational chemistry. If you choose to take a PhD at Surrey, you will join an internationally-renowned Department, with a strong track-record of employability and research excellence. We are also home to state-of-the-art research laboratories and the BP-funded Centre for Petroleum and Surface Chemistry, with a recent investment in staff and facilities totalling $7 million.

Department specialisms

Drug Discovery; Environmental Analysis, Biosensors and Forensic Analysis; Materials and Devices for Sustainable Energy; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; Thermochemistry; Strategic new inorganic materials and Polymetric Materials

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Research Councils, industry, EU, charities, university.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 069