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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.


Bioactive Chemistry MSc by Research


MSc by Research –Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis


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:

Development of new tools to understand and predict polymer degradation

Deadline: August 31st 2023

Supervisor: Dr C. Mahon


Development of a novel translational spectrometer to investigate non-thermal chemistry

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr J. Gibbard


Crystallisation in Structured Ternary Fluids for Enhanced Control

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr. S. Cooper, Prof. J. Steed


Ultrafast Photochemistry at Water/Air Interfaces

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr J. Verlet


Durham Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry at Durham University on

Deadline: 31st July 2023

Supervisor:  Professor P. Dyer


Durham Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Deadline: 31st July 2023

Supervisor: Professor P. Steel


CDT Opportunities

PROTACS: new computational methods, targets and experimental validation at Durham University on

Deadline: 18th August 2023

MoSMed Opportunities