PhD projects for UK and EU students

The following PhD opportunities are available for October 2018 entry to those who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate.

PhD students in Chemistry undertake the highest quality fundamental and applied research supervised by academic staff who are experts in their field. We have a distinctive interdisciplinary structure founded on strong areas of core chemistry. All research students follow our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC): cohort-based training to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills^. The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.

We welcome applications at any time from students able to fund their own studies or who are applying for external scholarships.


Research Areas

Project details


How to Apply

Projects with guaranteed funding:
Dr V Chechik Organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry Mechanistic radical chemistry in hair damage (PDF  , 260kb) D - Procter&Gamble, Chemistry Teaching Studentship

The application deadline has now passed

Panel interview: TBC

Professor G J Davies

Biochemistry, Molecular biology, structural biology

Dissection of Sulfoquinovose Metabolism (PDF  , 460kb) D - Leverhulme

Deadline 31/05/18 or sooner if a suitable candidate is found


Dr C E Dessent

Physical chemistry, Photochemistry and Spectroscopy

Laser Photochemistry of Metalloporphyrins and their Coordination Complexes (PDF  , 368kb)  D - American Chemical Society - funding available for 1 year

Project will remain open until a suitable candidate is found 


Dr K D Cowtan, Dr P Zhang and Professor A A Antson Chemical and structural biology, molecular biology, biophysics, data analysis Development of tools to automatically assess the quality and resolution of cryo- (PDF  , 258kb)  D - Diamond/ Chemistry Department

Deadline 31/07/18 or sooner if a suitable candidate is found


Professor G J Grogan, Dr J Cartwright, Dr W P Unsworth Biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, synthetic chemistry Structure, Mechanism and Application of Unspecific Peroxygenases (UPOs) (PDF  , 313kb)  D - Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis

Deadline 30/05/18


Dr H Jenkins, Professor A Antson, Professor J Potts Biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, biophysics, data analysis Cryo-EM for understanding molecular processes in health and disease (PDF  , 232kb) D - EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Deadline 22/06/18

Panel interview 18/07/18


 * Will cover tuition fees only for those who do not meet the RCUK residency criteria

^ Unless on another specific graduate training programme

Funding Notes: -

C = Competition Funding (applications compete with others in the same funding scheme)

D = Directly funded (funding has already been agreed for this project)

Fully funded PhDs include tuition fees at the home rate, and a studentship payment towards your living expenses at the Research Council UK rate. In 2018/19 this will be £14,777.