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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

CDT Opportunities

MoSMed Opportunities


Fully Funded 4 Year PhD Studentship in Molecular Sciences for Medicine Centre for Doctoral Training Available to Commence in October 2021


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 one further fully funded project available to apply for at Durham University for 2021/22 entry. For full details of this project please refer to the MoSMed webpage: Please note that due to pre-existing funding commitments associated with this project application is open to UK students only.

The deadline for application is Monday 29th March 2021. For any queries regarding the application process please contact the CDT Manager (Durham) Emma Worden at


Please find below an outline of the project available at Durham University.  If you are interested in this project please do contact the relevant Academic Lead listed for enquiries:


Project 21_14  - Multiscale Simulations of Droplet-Membrane Mutual Remodelling

The aim of this interdisciplinary PhD project is to develop the much-needed understanding of droplet-membrane interactions, and their mutual remodelling. Here, we will use a multiscale modelling approach. At the molecular level, we will employ molecular dynamics simulations to study the formation of the droplets via a liquid-liquid phase separation mechanism and the affinity between the droplet and membrane. These results will inform a continuum modelling approach based on elasticity theory for studying the droplet and membrane shapes. The theoretical/computational work will also provide an important framework to rationalise and guide ongoing in vitro and in vivo experiments. Our long-term goal is to provide new insights into processes inside cells exploiting this novel physical mechanism based on droplet-membrane interactions.


For further details regarding this project please contact: Prof Halim Kusumaatmaja -