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Graduate Admissions

Chemistry PhD & MPhils

The Chemistry Department at Cambridge is one of the highest profile research environments in the world for chemical sciences and we offer our graduate students many exciting opportunities to explore their passions in these fields to the highest levels.

Graduates wishing to directly apply to the Chemistry Department should use the GRADSAF online system which can be accessed through the University’s Graduate Admissions website. Applicants need to provide information on the area of research they are interested in and the names of potential supervisors.

Graduate Admissions Open Day

The Chemistry Department is holding an Open Day on Friday 23 October 2015 for prospective graduates wanting to come to Cambridge for an MPhil or PhD in 2016. Come and see what we do – a whole day of talks, tours, posters and refreshments. Register to attend here.

Application Deadlines

  • MPhil in Chemistry The deadline for applications for 2016/17 is 7 January 2016. Applicants will be contacted late January/February or earlier if shortlisted for a Scholarship competition. 
  • PhD in Chemistry The official deadline for PhD applications is 3 months prior to the preferred start date. But due to competition for places as well as funding, submitting applications as early as possible is strongly encouraged. Most PhD students join us in October, having applied during winter the preceding year.

MPhil & Doctoral Training Programmes

In addition to the direct routes into research study, the Chemistry Department is also engaged with a number of MPhil and PhD training programmes. Many of these offer full funding for eligible and succesful applicants. MPhils in Micro & Nanotechnology Enterprise and Scientific Computing, as well as PhDs in Nano Science & Technology, Materials, Graphene and Sensor Technologies are offered. PhDs are also available with Cambridge Earth System Science programme. For applicants looking for biological based research opportunities, the Chemistry Department is involved with a number of interdisciplinary programmes including those funded by the BBSRC, the Cambridge Cancer Centre. > Find out more

Financial Support

The Chemistry Department is able to support a limited number of eligible graduates with tuition fees and maintenance costs that are associated with their research studies. The wider University also offers many additional funding opportunities for both domestic and international students. > Find out more 

43% of graduate students admitted [to the University] in 2014/15 received a scholarship or bursary from funds administered by the collegiate University, 41% of these students received a full award that covered both fees and living costs."  

International students

The Chemistry Department has a large international population of researchers. All prospective graduate applicants are advised to check current criteria set out by the University regarding English language requirements, international qualifications and visas before applying.