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Research Degrees

We offer two research degrees, which can be completed on a full or part-time basis:


The majority of those beginning postgraduate study in Durham work toward a PhD, which normally requires between 36 and 48 months of full-time study, depending on the programme. The degree is awarded based on the presentation and oral examination of a thesis.


This research programme usually takes 12 months to complete. The degree is awarded based on the preparation and examination of a thesis and an oral examination (where necessary), together with successful completion of the Department's postgraduate training programme.

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

Exploiting natural product biosynthetic pathways to access biologically active scaffolds

Deadline: 20th January 2023

Supervisor: Professor S. L. Cobb


Development of routes to new fluorine containing molecules utilising commodity chemicals

Deadline: 20th January 2023

Supervisor: Doctor W. B. Brittain


Crystallisation in Structured Ternary Fluids for Enhanced Control

Deadline: 15th February 2023

Supervisor: Doctor S. Cooper, Professor J. Steed


Structurally control over the electronic properties of oxide materials

Deadline: 30th June 2023

Supervisor: Professor J. S. O. E


Towards an improved understanding of Pharmaceutical Salts and their hydration behaviour

Deadline: 30th January 2023

Supervisors: Doctor A. J. Cruz-Cabeza, Doctor A. Hall


Carbon Neutral Milk (CANMILK) – a PhD project on catalytic absorption and destruction of methane in the dairy industry

Deadline: year round applications

Supervisor: Doctor S. Beaumont


CDT Opportunities

MoSMed Opportunities