Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Open Day 2017: If you are thinking of applyimg to Oxford for a DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, please join us on Tuesday, 21st November 2017 for our Graduate Open Day. The day will consist of introductory talks, a summary of application procedures, informal talks with potential research supervisors, and much more! More info .

Applicants should contact the  Graduate Studies Team (graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk ) with any queries regarding the application process. 

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 should apply online, it is recommended that you read the notes of guidance before applying: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/apply/application_guide/

Applicants are strongly recommended first to make contact with potential research supervisor(s) before submitting a formal application. As well as describing possible research projects, the potential supervisor will be able to offer advice on completing the application form and may help with identifying possible sources of grants or scholarships. 

More information about courses can be found at:

DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry: 
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-physical-and-theoretical-chemistry

MSc(by Research) in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry: 
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-research-physical-and-theoretical-chemistry

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences EPSRC CDT: 
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/theory-and-modelling-chemical-sciences

MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (Stand-Alone): 
http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-theoretical-and-computational-chemistry-stand-alone

Application Deadlines

Applications may be received at any time during the year. Applicants are advised to contact potential supervisors before submitting an application.

Important note for overseas students: you will need to secure funding for your study as most research grants are for UK or other EU* nationals only. For University scholarships for overseas students the absolute deadline is Friday, 19th January 2018 (12.00noon UK time).

Important note for Home/EU students:

Except in exceptional circumstances most decisions regarding Departmental funding will be made following the January round of applications (19/01/2018).

We encourage all research candidates to contact potential supervisors prior submiting the application form, in order to discuss their area of interests / available projects etc.

Self-funded students or those who have awards from institutions outside Oxford University may apply at any time. 

* Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia, Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden

Please note however, that if you apply after 9th March 2018 12.00noon UK time (3rd University Deadline), we will need to secure a College place for you before we make a formal offer.

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:

  • Structure at Interfaces
  • Theoretical and Computation Chemistry 
  • Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure
  • Photochemistry and reaction dynamics
  • Electrochemistry and electroanalysis
  • Biophysical Chemistry

Please see here for further details.

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)