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PhD in Chemistry

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
PhDs in UKPhDs in England30-48mths full-time, 60-96mths part-time

Why Surrey?
Our Chemistry PhD will deepen your understanding of the latest advances in synthetic and medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, fuel cell research, nanotechnology, environmental, forensic and computational chemistry. If you choose to take a PhD at Surrey, you will join an internationally-renowned Department, with a strong track-record of employability and research excellence. We are also home to state-of-the-art research laboratories and the BP-funded Centre for Petroleum and Surface Chemistry, with a recent investment in staff and facilities totalling $7 million.

Natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, fuel cell research, nanotechnology and computational chemistry are important areas of research and are supported by a wide variety of funding agencies and by industry. Sources of recent grants have included: the Royal Society, UK research councils (BBSRC and EPSRC), government departments (DTI), international bodies (the European Commission), large companies such as Dstl, Cytec, BASF, Lonza, Huntsman, Astrium, and charities (British Heart Foundation).

Programme overview
We aim to provide an exciting research environment with enthusiastic, committed research advisors and an international, highly motivated peer group of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. A recent £2 million investment in facilities enables us to provide state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment and excellent technical support.

PhD students are initially registered for a probationary period and proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful upgrade viva. You will be expected to demonstrate original thought and a capacity for critical evaluation. The research towards a PhD takes approximately three years, with a further year to write the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam. The University and Faculty provide you with a programme of training in generic, transferable and research skills.

Why not read about a student experience of the subject?

Research areas
The aim of the Department of Chemistry is to apply chemical techniques to problems of biological interest or to the development and analysis of materials.

Academics in the Department are engaged in research in the following areas:

– Drug discovery: natural products and synthetic organic chemistry
– Environmental analysis, biosensors and forensic analysis
– Materials and devices for sustainable energy
– Theoretical and computational chemistry
– Thermochemistry
– Strategic new inorganic materials and polymeric materials


Joseph Kenyon Laboratory – shortlisted for the Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratory Award
– BP-funded Centre for Petroleum and Surface Chemistry

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply please visit the programme website.

General enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 681 681


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