Department of Chemistry   University of Oxford

Postgraduate Study in 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 £15 million. The latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise confirmed that Oxford Chemistry has the highest “power rating” (breadth and depth of science) in the UK. 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:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine
DPhil in Cardiovascilar Medicinal Chemistry

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training - Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences

Applicants should contact the Graduate Studies Administrator (Aga Borkowska ) with any queries regarding the application process.



Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Synthesis for Biology and Medicine - Wednesday, 4th November, more info

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences CDT - Thursday, 19th November, more info

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry - Wednesday, 25th November, more info


General Information

Applications may be received at any time during the year. Applicants are advised to contact potential supervisors before submitting an application.

Important note for overseas students: you will need to secure funding for your study as most research grants are for UK or other EU* nationals only. For University scholarships for overseas students the absolute deadline is Friday, 22nd January 2016 (12.00noon UK time).

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Self-funded students or those who have awards from institutions outside Oxford University may apply at any time.

* Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden

Please note however, that if you apply after 11th March 2016 (3rd University Deadline, cut-off at 12.00noon UK time), we will need to secure a College place for you before we make a formal offer.

Financial information

Fees (shows the costs of graduate study at Oxford)

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

Admissions criteria

Admissions criteria for graduate studies at the Department of Chemistry can be found here.

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