Chemistry

PhD

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 36 Months, Part time 48 Months

Overview

We welcome applications from those seeking to perform leading fundamental and technologically relevant research across the areas of analytical chemistry and spectroscopy; chemical biology; materials; chemical theory and chemical computation; and a broad range of synthetic chemistry.

Our research-based PhDs are supported by taught courses, providing skills in modern research techniques, including analytical chemistry, experimental design, advanced laboratory techniques, spectroscopy, computational and materials chemistry, together with courses to develop transferable skills. This ensures that our postgraduate students extend their knowledge of all areas of chemistry, and possess a wide range of skills to aid employability.

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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Chemistry, or an equivalent degree in a related discipline such as Physics or Chemical Engineering, appropriate to the proposed research project.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

The first step if you are interested in studying for postgraduate research in Chemistry is to find a PhD Supervisor or funded opportunity.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £4,596 £2,298
International £23,360 £11,680

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

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 your own research idea, we can help you to develop it. To begin this process 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 a number of different sources, including research councils, industries or charities. Browse the list of latest funded opportunities here.

Research Areas

Our research is broadly structured into three core discipline themes. Each theme is populated with an expanding team of research-active staff at the forefront of research in their respective fields.

  • Chemical Synthesis

    Synthesis underlies all aspects of chemistry; the design, creation and study of molecules and materials are at the heart of research activity across all areas of chemistry.

  • Chemical Theory and Computation

    The interrelated fields of Chemical Theory and Chemical Computation form the basis of the CTC research theme in Chemistry at Lancaster.

  • Physical and Analytical Chemistry

    Characterisation and measurement of the properties of atoms, molecules, solids, materials and biological systems are at the heart of our physical and analytical chemistry (PAC) research here at Lancaster.

Facilities

Important Information

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