Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Open Day 2019: If you are thinking of applyimg to Oxford for a DPhil in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry, please join us on Tuesday, 26th November 2019 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! Registration is now open, 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 should apply online.  It is recommended that you read the notes of guidance before applying:

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:

MSc (by Research) in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry:

MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry:

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:

  • 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) 

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.