Postgraduate degree courses

Research degree programmes

We are pleased to announce our new research degrees for 2024 entry: the DPhil in Chemistry and the MSc(Res) in Chemistry. These courses unify and replace our previous research degrees in Chemical Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

By undertaking a research degree in the Department, you will have the opportunity to carry out exciting chemistry research, in our world-class academic environment. Our research areas span eight broad research themes, with substantial links to other disciplines including biology, physics, and materials science.

The DPhil in Chemistry, our doctoral qualification, involves carrying out a significant piece of research that typically takes between three and four years to complete. Some students instead prefer to work on a shorter project, over the course of two to three years, leading to the Master's-level MSc(Res) degree.

Also new to 2024/25 is the Inorganic Materials for Advanced Manufacturing (IMAT) training programme: a four-year doctoral course focusing on the design, synthesis and characterisation of new inorganic materials and featuring integrated academic/industrial courses. The course is jointly hosted by the Departments of Chemistry and Materials and has been designed in collaboration with 19 industrial partners, to provide a holistic understanding of all aspects of advanced materials manufacturing processes. For more information, please consult the projects list.

Postgraduate taught degree programme

If you are interested in a taught Master's course, we offer the one-year MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The course provides a foundation for a research degree in this area, including the necessary quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and mathematics, plus their applications in areas such as computer simulation and electronic structure theory. The course also covers introductory programming and software development methods.