Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

The Department of Chemistry is the largest in the western world. Each year some 170 chemists graduate after a four-year course which includes a year of research and about 80 graduates receive doctorates.

Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK. The Department is currently engaged in a number of innovative areas of work including chemistry for measurement, drug discovery, energy, catalysis, nanochemistry, synthesis, atmospheric chemistry, synthetic biology and femtochemistry. 

The Department of Chemistry at Oxford has contributed over £80 million to the University as a result of its spin-out activities. Actual realized gains from the departmental spin-outs come to more than £40 million, with about £20 million of unrealized gains in quoted companies, and a further batch of holdings in private companies.

Areas of Chemistry

Each section has slightly different admissions procedures. Please select the area of research you are interested in:

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

GRADUATE OPEN DAYS were held on the following days:

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences CDT - 15th Novemver 2016, more info

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry - 22nd November 2016, more info

Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Synthesis for Biology and Medicine -  14th October 2016, more info

General Information

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, 20th January 2017 (12.00noon UK time).

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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 10th March 2017 (3rd University Deadline, cut-off at 12.00noon UK time), we will need to secure a College place for you before we make a formal offer.

Financial information

Fees (shows the costs of graduate study at Oxford) 

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


Induction for new graduate students is usually held on 1st October, or during the week after 1st October.