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Postgraduate Study

Chemistry is a vibrant research-led department with an international reputation for its cutting-edge science, working on projects spanning organic, physical, inorganic, bioactive and computational chemistry, through to catalysis, nanoscience and materials.

At postgraduate level our students come from all over the world to conduct their research. Durham Chemistry (along with Durham Physics and in partnership with the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh), is home to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Interfaces (SOFI CDT). We are also a partnership with the University of Newcastle in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Sciences for Medicine (MoSMed CDT).

As a Research Postgraduate student at Durham, you will become part of a dynamic and friendly community, working alongside world leading academics.

The Department has very close research links with many industrial partners and other universities in the UK and abroad, with leading scientists from around the world visiting and collaborating with us. The Department is extremely well-equipped, with modern research laboratories, extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation and world-class facilities. Its very strong research activity is underpinned by extremely enthusiastic and dedicated staff and students. The success of our graduate students is clear, with many of our ex-students holding academic, industrial and commercial positions throughout the world.

World-class facilities and equipment

We are a recognised centre of excellence in crystallography and attract collaborations from all over the world.
Chemistry equipment

Research degrees

Discover our PhD and MSc opportunities.
Research student in laboratory