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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

Current Funded Opportunities

Postgraduate projects undertaken in the Chemistry Department here in Durham cover all of the traditional areas of chemistry and other contemporary, often interdisciplinary topics. PhD projects are available each year that span all aspects of the Department's research activities.

Current funded postgraduate studentships are listed on FindAPhD

CDT Opportunities

MoSMed Opportunities 

Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Sciences for Medicine (MoSMed) is an EPSRC funded joint venture between Newcastle and Durham Universities delivering a comprehensive research and training programme focused on Science at the interface of molecular and medical sciences, business skills, innovation and entrepreneurship.

We have 5 fully funded projects available to apply for at Durham University for 2021/22 entry. For full details of these projects please refer to the MoSMed webpage:

Please note that if you wish to apply for any of these five projects this is done via the University portal at:

Please select the course code F1A201 for a PhD in Molecular Sciences for Medicine and indicate the relevant project reference number in the ‘Field of Study’ section.

Should you have any queries regarding application to the projects at Durham University, please contact the Durham MoSMed CDT Manager Emma Worden:

The closing date to apply is midnight on Tuesday 23rd February 2021