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 ( ) 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:

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:

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences EPSRC CDT:

MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (Stand-Alone):

Application Deadlines

Addmissions for 2018-19 entry are now closed.

If places are still available, course(s) may reopen to applications on Tuesday, 1st May 2018.

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)