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 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 (taught):

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

Application Deadlines

Admissions are currently open for the 2021-2022 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

  • 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.

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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