PhDs in Chemistry

Studying for a research degree is a rewarding and challenging process. As part of our vibrant research community, you will develop the skills you need to enjoy a rewarding career.

Under the guidance of supervisors chosen to suit your area of interest, you will learn in-depth research skills. You will have the opportunity to join a range of personal skills training courses, seminars and conferences.

You should feel free to contact us with any enquiries about our research, and about the possibility of undertaking a research degree here in Lancaster. If you have a particular project in mind, please feel free to contact the appropriate member of staff directly. We have divided our research into three core discipline themes, and each has an expanding team of research-active staff at the forefront of research. Our interests span many areas of both fundamental and technological interest. Perhaps most importantly, we share not only common ground in research excellence, but an inclusive and collaborative spirit, and a dedication to passing on our knowledge to a new generation of researchers.

How to apply for a Chemistry PhD

We offer a number of different routes to beginning your PhD study.

  • Develop your own self-funded PhD proposal

    If you have a research idea, we can help you to develop it. To begin, you will need to find a PhD Supervisor from one of our research groups, whose research interests align with your own.

  • Apply for a funded PhD position

    Every year we offer a range of PhDs funded by many different sources, including research councils, industries or charities. Browse the list of latest funded opportunities here.

Scholarships and Funding

The University has committed £3.7m to scholarships and bursaries, which benefit 400 students per year. Faculty scholarships cover your full tuition fees, as well as providing you with a generous stipend and access to a research training grant. Generous travel grants are also available, allowing you to attend conferences, workshops and seminars relevant to your PhD.