Graduate Studies in Chemistry


Currently advertised vacancies

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre (TMCS)
Fully funded 4-year doctoral studentships

TMCS is the UK's only Centre for Doctoral Training dedicated to computational and theoretical chemistry. In the TMCS programme, you will receive integrated, in-depth training in the core areas of:

  • fundamental theory
  • software development
  • application to contemporary research challenges

TMCS is formed as a consortium of leading research groups from the Universities of Oxford and Southampton. Our students take a year-one training programme of unparalleled depth and breadth right across the subject, and benefit from our strong links with prospective employers across a range of sectors

Research interests in TMCS include:

  • fundamental quantum theory, electronic structure and dynamics
  • simulation of materials, soft matter and biological systems
  • exploration of chemical reaction mechanisms and catalysis

Inquiries can be made to any of the TMCS academics from Oxford or Southampton listed on the TMCS website. For general enquiries about the TMCS CDT please contact: .

Further information on application process is available ‘here’.

Deadlines: You are advised to apply as soon as possible. The main application deadline is 1st March 2019, although applications will be considered throughout the academic year until available places are filled.

TMCS is committed to promoting equality and diversity in science, and creating an inclusive environment open to all. We particularly welcome applications from women and from other groups underrepresented in science.

EPSRC Oxford Centre for Doctoral Training in Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing (OxICFM)

The Oxford Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training (OxICFM CDT) is a new £10.4m EPSRC-funded centre that will train the next generation of scientists in the synthesis of inorganic molecules and materials.

Applications are sought from outstanding post-graduate candidates for twelve fully-funded four-year studentships available commencing in October 2019. Prospective students are sought with an interest in inorganic synthesis across the breadth of molecular and materials chemistry. Applications from female and minority candidates are encouraged.

OxICFM is centred in the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry, and integrates faculty from the Departments of Materials, Physics and Engineering, both in its training programme and collaborative projects. The CDT brings together over forty academics, ten industrial partners, and seventeen international centres of excellence in synthetic inorganic chemistry.

OxICFM offers a four-year programme providing a broad training across inorganic synthesis at different length scales (molecular, nano-scale and extended solids), together with in-depth research-based training in one area. The involvement of ten diverse industrial partners allows for training that is relevant to a range of different business sectors and sizes.

Key components of the course include:

  • Modular taught courses in the first half of year 1 featuring integrated industry/academic components to promote a holistic understanding of topics ranging from fundamental concepts to the delivery of a chemical product
  • A four-week advanced laboratory course including hands-on experience of industrial scale up
  • A 42-month substantive research project in cutting-edge synthetic inorganic chemistry chosen by students from an annual list of 25–30 projects
  • A 3-month research internship at one of 17 international centers of excellence
  • Integrated professional skills, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and outreach training throughout the 4 year course

Further information about OxICFM can be found at: including details of the application procedure. Informal enquiries are welcomed (

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Oxford, which will involve two 30-minute discussions – a broad technical interview focusing on your research experience to date and an interview with projective project supervisors. Applicants for entry in October 2019 should submit their online applications by 1 March 2019; interviews are expected to be held on or around 1 April 2019.

Course webpage (with a link to the application system):