School of Chemistry

Research student Heather Cox - School of Chemistry

Postgraduate research degrees

We are recruiting dynamic research students to our PhD programme


A key strength of the School of Chemistry is the delivery of outstanding postgraduate research training.

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. 

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.

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 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

As an outstanding centre of excellence for chemistry with over 55 staff, 140 PhD students and 50 research associates, we can offer you an enormously varied range of research projects. We also guarantee that you will have the extensive support and facilities to allow you to get the most out of your project both within the School and through our interdisciplinary links across the University with biological sciences, engineering and environmental sciences. You will find peaks of excellence in atmospheric chemistry, medicinal chemistry, laser spectroscopy and organic synthesis.

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 typically offer a minimum of 20 funded places per year and welcome applications from all suitably qualified students.

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 Zofia Komsta

PhD in Organic Synthesis

"I am now working as a senior researcher in a carbohydrates company. I really love my job, it is connected to the research I have been doing during my PhD"
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Postgraduate research at Leeds