Applying for Postgraduate Study

Research Programmes

PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research 

Preparing your application

  • Take a look at the research interests of our staff and our list of PhD projects to identify some specific members of staff with whom you would like to work.  If you wish to contact any potential supervisor directly prior to making your application, please feel free to do so.
  • Complete the online application for your chosen research degree by selecting the appropriate link below. Providing all projects you are interested in are within the same funding scheme, you can list all the projects on the same application:
  • Include the name(s) of the supervisor(s) whose research groups your are interested in joining, and the project title if you are applying for a specific project. You can list more than one. 
  • There is no need to provide a full research proposal although applicants not applying for advertised projects should given an indication of areas in which they would be interested in working.
  • Include a personal statement including your experience, interests and motivation for wanting to work in your chosen area. PhD places are very competitive and this is your opportunity to highlight to a supervisor why you would be the ideal candidate.
  • Upload your supporting documents including CV, transcript and certificates if available. If you do not yet have these, they can be added after you have submitted your application.
  • Include details of your referees, particularly their email addresses. When you submit your application, an automatic email will go to your referees requesting a reference. At least one of these should be academic.
  • Include details of how you intend to finance your studies.  If you have been awarded or intend to apply for scholarships, please give the names of the scholarships. 

Entry requirements

  • PhD applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant, related discipline. We have research students from a range of backgrounds on a variety of projects. Please note that although 2:1 is the minimum requirement to be considered for a PhD, funded studentships are very competitive and it is likely that you would need to be predicted a high 2:1 / First class degree.
  • MSc applicants should have or be expecting to achieve, a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant, related discipline.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the minimum English language requirements

After submitting your application

  • You will receive confirmation from both the University admissions office and the Department of Chemistry when your application has been received.
  • Your application will be processed by the Chemistry Graduate Office. Please check your emails regularly as we will keep you updated on the progress of your application and may need to request more information.
  • Your application will be passed to your chosen members of staff for consideration. They may contact you directly to arrange an interview which could be via Skype, telephone or in person. Many funded positions will also require you to attend a panel interview.
  • The Chemistry Graduate Office will notify you if an offer is to be requested for you. All offer are subject to final approval by the University Postgraduate Admissions team.
  • If an offer is made to you, you will receive notification via email and will be able to access your offer via your You@York portal.

Is there a deadline for submitting an application?

  • Most funded PhD positions will have a deadline for applications which will be specified on the advert. The majority of these positions have a deadline in early January, but there are others throughout the year.
  • MSc by Research applications are accepted throughout the year. There is rarely funding attached to an MSc by Research position, but if there is, there may be a deadline specified on the advert.
  • Applications from self-funding applicants are welcome throughout the year.
  • Early applications are advisable to ensure you have sufficient time to make arrangements, particularly securing accommodation and applying for visas.

When does the course start?

  • Research students are registered from the 1st of a month with the majority starting on 1 October each year as that is when most funded positions start. Our induction programme begins in late September.
  • It is possible for research students to start at other points in the year if necessary. This can be discussed with your potential supervisor and the Chemistry Graduate Office
  • It is possible to defer your offer if required, as long as your supervisor agrees to this.

What funding can I apply for?

Funded PhD studentship positions will include details of the funder on the advert - this may be Research Councils, Department of Chemistry or an Industrial partner.

Find out more about the variety of funding opportunities and scholarships available for postgraduate research study.

Taught MSc programme

MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology

Preparing your application

  • Complete the online application form including a personal statement about why you wish to join the MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology.
  • Upload your supporting documents including CV, transcript and certificates if available. If you do not yet have these, they can be added after you have submitted your application.
  • Include details of your referee, particularly their email address. When you submit your application, an automatic email will go to your referee requesting a reference.

Entry Requirements

  • You should have, or be expecting to achieve, a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant, related discipline. We have students from a range of Chemistry related backgrounds on the course.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the English language requirements for the course.

After submitting your application

  • You will receive confirmation from both the University admissions office and the Department of Chemistry when your application has been received.
  • Your application will be processed by the Chemistry Graduate Office. Please check your emails regularly as we will keep you updated on the progress of your application and may need to request more information.
  • Most applicants are required to have a short interview before being made an offer. This will be around 20-30 minutes and may be done via Skype, by telephone or in person.
  • The Chemistry Graduate Office will notify you if an offer is to be requested for you. All offer are subject to final approval by the University Postgraduate Admissions team.
  • If an offer is made to you, you will receive notification via email and will be able to access your offer via your You@York portal.

Is there a deadline for submitting an application?

We usually accept applications throughout the year for the programme, but it is advisable to apply sooner rather than later. If the course becomes oversubscribed, we may have to close applications in the Summer. Early applications are advisable to ensure you have sufficient time to make arrangements, particularly securing accommodation and applying for visas.

When does the course start?

The MSc Green Chemistry begins at the end of September - for 2019 entry this is Monday 30 September 2019. Students will need to be in York for the start of the course.
We are happy to defer offers to the following September if needed, but it is not possible to start this programme at a different point in the middle of the year.

What funding can I apply for?

Find out more about the variety of scholarships and funding opportunities for the MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology.