Graduate Studies in Chemistry


Oxford Chemistry is holding a virtual Open Day, for anyone interested in our postgraduate degree courses.

The main event will be on Tuesday, 9th and Wednesday 10th November 2021, and we will have some pre-recorded material available in advance.

Visit us to hear about our courses and funding opportunities, learn about our research interests, and meet supervisors and students.

Please go to for more information and to register. We look forward to seeing you!

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 are very strongly encouraged to make contact with potential research supervisor(s) before submitting a formal application in order to work out whether the course is the right choice and the likely availability of funding, as well as discussing potential research projects.

Please visit also Inorganic Chemistry courses' webpages:

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

Application Deadlines

Admissions are currently open for the 2022-2023 academic year.


12 noon UK time (midday) on:

  • Friday 12 November 2021
  • Friday 21 January 2022
  • Tuesday 1 March 2022

Later applications may be considered if places are still available.  Please note that for our MSc by Research programme, only the January and March 2022 deadlines apply.

See further information.

Areas of current research
  • Organometallic chemistry and catalysis 
  • Solid-state chemistry 
  • Electronic liquids 
  • Bio-inorganic chemistry 
  • Electronic structure of inorganic and organometallic molecules 
  • Surface chemistry 
  • Co-ordination and supramolecular chemistry 
  • Metal cluster and nanoparticle chemistry 
  • Molecular and biomolecular electronics

Individual projects may also be separately advertised with their own cut-off dates; applications will be accepted in the normal manner.

Financial information

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

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