School of Chemistry

Research student Heather Cox - School of Chemistry

Postgraduate research degrees

The School offers full-time PhD and MSc by research degrees but also considers applications from those wishing to study on a part-time basis.

We are currently recruiting dynamic research students to our PhD programmes and typically offer a minimum of 20 funded places per year.

Funding opportunities

Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Application deadline 30 November ›

Leeds-York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Application deadline 2 February › 

Life as a research student
Our students are a vital and integral component of our research community, contributing significantly to our latest discoveries and on-going research programmes. Our size and inclusive structure make for an outstanding, supportive and friendly environment with our postgraduates at the centre of everything we do.

A key strength of the School of Chemistry is the delivery of outstanding postgraduate research training and it is our goal to help you, as a research student, to become one of the people who makes the next big advances in chemistry. We are proud of the success of our postgraduates who progress to positions in academic, industrial and commercial organisations across the globe.

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Our pledge to help you realise your ambitions and career aspirations is based on a strong track record – we were ranked 8th in the UK for research quality during the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

We look forward to joining you on your exciting journey as a postgraduate research student.

Prof Michaele Hardie
Director of Postgraduate Studies

Student profile


Dr Robin Dent

PhD in Colour Science

"Looking at the jobs markets and seeing how tough it is for a lot of undergraduates to get a post, I think that the PhD has been worth it."
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