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 Bioenergy

Application deadline 30 June ›

Complex Particulate Products and Process Doctoral Training Centre

Application deadline 20 March ›

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 Liam Byrne

PhD in Organic Synthesis – New applications of catalytic aza-Wittig reactions

"The fact that I got to travel was definitely a highlight. The bursary system at Leeds means that you get to go international conferences and so that was a particular highlight as I managed to go to San Francisco"