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Graduate Admissions

Applying to study for an MPhil or PhD in Chemistry

If you missed our deadline of November 15th 2016 to be considered for Departmental and University Scholarship funding, there are a limited number of PhD opportunties available directly from supervisors in the Department. These are advertised at Job Opportunities (studentships) of the University and on the Chemistry Department website. 

The guidelines below will remain on our website until the recruitment round is complete for this coming year. The application process for entry in October 2018 will be updated here in due course and is likely to be almost identical.

Prospective graduates students wishing to apply for an MPhil or PhD in Chemistry should apply online using the University's Applicant Portal which will include the Chemistry Department Application Form. For most applicants the University charges an application fee of £50 (payable on submission).

Important guidance: In order to be considered for the funding opportunities that the Chemistry Department has available as well as University scholarships, it is essential that your application reaches us by our internal deadline of 15th November 2016. You will notice that the Applicant Portal refers to a deadline date in June, please ignore this as it applies to applicants coming with their own funding. You only need to complete the "research experience' box in the 'Research' section of the online form, the other boxes can be marked 'n/a'. Your referees will have 7 days to upload their references and this additonal time should be factored into to application process. To ensure your application is received by the Department by our deadline we suggest getting your Applicant Portal submission complete before the end of the first week of November.

When your application is received by the Chemistry Department (after all Supporting Documentation has been uploaded e.g. Department application form, two references uploaded by your referees, and transcripts etc.) it will be circulated to any named potential supervisors and it will also be reviewed by the Research Interest Group (RIG) panel you selected on the Department application form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. We intend to begin making offers early in January 2017. There is strong competition for funding and places.

Applicants who do not wish to apply for Departmental funding or University scholarships may apply at any time until June. However, early applications (by our internal deadline) are advised and are likely to receive priority.

Gates Scholarships: Should you be considering extending your application to cover the Gates Cambridge Scholarships through the University, you will also need to supply a research proposal (up to 1000 words) as part of your application. There are strict deadlines for these scholarships. Round 1 is for US candidates and that deadline is October 12 2016. Round 2 is December 7 2016 for citizens of all countries other than the USA (except for the United Kingdom) and US citizens normally resident outside the USA. 

Please direct any requests for further guidance to our Graduate Student Advisor.  If your are an EU student, the University has issued a BREXIT statement

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 successful 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. Doctoral Training Programmes that the Department is involved with may have earlier (or later) deadlines. Check the appropriate course details.

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.