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PhD and MPhil in Chemistry

Specialise in research in virtually any area of chemistry.

  Length Start dates (semester dates)

3-4 years full-time
6-8 years part-time

Apply for PhD



3-4 years full-time
6-8 years part-time

Apply for MPhil


Studying for a PhD or MPhil at York provides the opportunity to carry out advanced independent research into an area of chemistry that inspires and interests you.

Your research

As a postgraduate researcher, the focus of your work will be an independent research project. You'll work in close collaboration with a supervisor and the research expertise within our supportive department will help you to excel. Discover the department's research themes.

Explore our PhD projects

Training and support

All new chemistry postgraduate researchers receive a comprehensive welcome and induction programme to help you get settled in. You'll have a dedicated supervisor who'll meet with you regularly to provide support as well as a Graduate Student Support Officer. There are regular research group seminars and group meetings in addition to the comprehensive departmental seminar programme

You'll have a dedicated desk space in your department, close to your lab and supervisor. You'll have access to incredible facilities as well as access to departmental and related analytical services which are mostly free.

The Wild Overseas Scholars Scheme allows you to visit prestigious international research groups to carry out work not possible in York.

Course location

This course is run by the Department of Chemistry.

You will be based on Campus West where all of our facilities are housed. 

Entry requirements

PhD applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant, related discipline or a higher qualification such as MSc or Masters by Research. International equivalent qualifications are accepted. 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.

If you are an international applicant, please check the entry requirements for your country.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

Check your English language requirements


Apply for the MPhil in Chemistry

Apply for the PhD in Chemistry

  • 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. Please feel free to contact potential supervisors directly. You may wish to discuss your plans before starting your application.
  • Complete the online application for your chosen research degree by selecting the appropriate link above. Only one application per PhD programme should be submitted. You can apply for more than one project on the same application by listing the projects in the Research Proposal section.
  • Include the name(s) of the supervisor(s) whose research groups you 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 give an indication of areas in which they would be interested in working.

Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.

Find out more about how to apply.

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