Graduate Studies in Chemistry

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 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 £17 million. The latest UK Research Excellence Framework (2014) confirmed that 49% of the research profile submitted by Oxford Chemistry was regarded as 4* world-leading quality. The Department has not only the highest volume of 4* research of any UK Chemistry department- by some margin - but was also judged to have the top research environment. The impact of the Department's research outside academia is also highly rated with over 55% in the 4* category. Published rankings regularly place Oxford in the top 10 Chemistry departments worldwide. Since 2008 Oxford Chemistry has published over 3400 papers. It was ranked Sixth Worldwide by the QS World University Rankings 2018.

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:


General information

Admissions cycle for entry in 2022 is now open.

Application Guide:
List of Chemistry graduate programmes:

If you are resident in a low-income country and you are not able to pay the application fee, you can request a waiver of this fee within your application for graduate study. List of low-income countries (as listed by the Work Bank) and further instructions on how to request the application fee waiver are avialable in the Application Guide (APPLICATION BASICS tab -> Paying the application fee).

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 academic. More information about the Athena Swan Charter and Chemistry Department's initiatives is available *here* .

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