Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

OPEN DAY: Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, please click *here* for more information

How to apply

The normal route to graduate study in Chemistry at Oxford is to apply for admission as a Probationer Research Student (PRS) with the intention of completing research over (usually) a 3-4 year period leading to the degree of DPhil; occasionally a shorter period of study may be appropriate and students may then submit for the degree of MSc by research. 

Applicants are very strongly encouraged to make contact with potential research supervisor(s) before submitting a formal application in order to work out whether the course is the right choice and the likely availability of funding, as well as discussing potential research projects.

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Applicants should contact the Graduate Studies Team ( ) with any queries regarding the application process.

Application Deadlines

Admissions are currently open for the 2020-2021 academic year.


12 noon UK time (midday) on:

  • Friday 15 November 2019
  • Friday 24 January 2020
  • Tuesday 3 March 2020

Later applications may be considered if places are still available.  Please note that for our MSc by Research programme, only the January and March 2020 deadlines apply.

See further information.

Areas of current research

Funding from a variety of sources is announced throughout the year and we expect to have funded projects available in the following areas:

  • Organometallic chemistry and catalysis 
  • Solid-state chemistry 
  • Electronic liquids 
  • Bio-inorganic chemistry 
  • Electronic structure of inorganic and organometallic molecules 
  • Surface chemistry 
  • Co-ordination and supramolecular chemistry 
  • Metal cluster and nanoparticle chemistry 
  • Molecular and biomolecular electronics

Students who have applied in the usual way will be deemed to have applied for these projects and no separate application will be necessary. Individual projects may also be separately advertised with their own cut-off dates; again, a separate application will not be necessary.

Financial information

Fees, funding & scholarship Search (contains information about scholarships and awards)

Information for EU students

The UK government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course.