Graduate Studies in Chemistry

Oxford Chemistry Graduate Open Day will be held on Tuesday, 1st November 2022; you can find out more information and register *here*

Applicants should contact the Graduate Studies Team ( ) with any queries regarding the application process. The following courses are available for postgraduate study:

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is one 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 £28 million. In the most recent national assessment of research (REF 2021) 66% or our research output was judged world-leading and 32% was judged internationally excellent. Published rankings regularly place Oxford in the top 10 Chemistry departments worldwide. In the REF assessment period (2014 to 2020) Oxford Chemistry had 3800 publications. It was ranked Sixth Worldwide by the QS World University Rankings 2022.

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 has been spectacularly successful in its spin-out activities. Most notably, Oxford Nanopore Technologies floated on the stock exchange in 2021 valued at £5 billion.

Areas of Chemistry

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


General information

Admissions cycle for entry in 2023 is now open.

Application Guide:
List of Chemistry graduate programmes:

Information about application fee waivers can be found at:

Information for EU students

'Oxford and the UE' webpage:


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

Equality and Diversity

The Department of Chemistry is committed to addressing gender inequalities, to tackling the unequal representation of women in science and to improving career progression for female academics. More information about the Athena Swan Charter and Chemistry Department's initiatives is available *here* .

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