Why Choose a Chemistry Postgraduate Research Degree at York?

If you love chemistry, you might like to think about doing advanced research into an area you are especially interested in and study for a chemistry postgraduate research degree. The Department of Chemistry offers a wide range of chemistry PhD projects to students living in the UK, EU or further afield.  We have funded opportunities (research council and charity studentships, teaching studentships), many in collaboration with industry, as well as projects for self-funding students and those with scholarships from their home country.

Reputation for excellence in research

  • 51 members of academic staff, including many winners of international prizes
  • Objective to undertake highest quality fundamental and applied research
  • Distinctive interdisciplinary structure founded on strong areas of inorganic, organic, physical and biological research, which underpins our nine research themes
  • 150 postgraduate research students working in a wide range of research areas
  • Fully funded studentship funding from three different research councils, including 3 Doctoral Training Partnerships
  • Coherent set of laboratories and centres which have been modernised and extended
  • Thriving research income averaging over £9m per year in recent years

Your transition to York

  • Get to know the friendly Chemistry Graduate Office team through individual interaction and support from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond
  • Mentor scheme for all students - new to York = someone from your research group, previously studied at York = someone from another research group
  • Comprehensive welcome and induction programme to help you settle in

Support for your research

  • State-of-the-art research facilities
  • Wild Overseas Scholars Scheme - to allow York PGR students to visit prestigious international research groups to allow them to carry out work not possible in York
  • Access to Departmental and related analytical services - most free of charge
  • Consumables budget for all students
  • Graduate Student Support Officer
  • Dedicated desk space in your department, close to your lab and supervisor, facilitating day-to-day communication
  • Regular research group seminars and group meetings in addition to the comprehensive departmental seminar programme
  • Thesis advisory panel (made up of supervisor(s) and another academic member of staff in a closely related area) supports you throughout your research degree, with regular opportunities to discuss research progress, plan the routes forward and skills needed.

Preparing you for the future

  • Innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) programme offers the advantages of a cohort-based postgraduate experience to all PhD, MPhil and MSc by research students studying Chemistry at York.
  • Opportunity to develop teaching skills through GTA programme, recognised by the Chemistry Outstanding Demonstrator of the Year awards (Roger Mawby awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching).
  • Dedicated Employability and Diversity Officer offering one-to-one careers support
  • Careers and networking events

Opportunities to present your research

  • Conference funding budget for all students
  • Kathleen Mary Stott Prize: awarded to final year PhDs for meritorious performance in research and coursework
  • Annual Graduate Poster Competitions for first and final year students
  • Regular Graduate Research Seminars

Support networks

  • Leading reputation for equality and diversity
  • Athena SWAN Gold award held for 10 years supporting women in science
  • The Department strives to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel.  
  • RCUK and departmental studentships available on a part time basis
  • Campus university, with excellent support services (e.g. York Graduate Research School, Research Excellence Training Team, Graduate Students Association, Student Support Hub)
  • Friendly department, with active social events, sports teams and Chemical InterActions: social network for all Chemistry students and staff

Tailored package for students new to the UK:

  • Wild Fund Scholarship Scheme
  • Bespoke English language course for Chemists
  • Complimentary copy of Science Research Writing for non-native speakers of English by Hilary Glasman-Deal
  • Buddy from your home country/region (a current Chemistry postgraduate research student), in addition to your mentor
  • Regular informal international coffee mornings to enable you to meet other students