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Current Postgraduate Students


Graduate Education in the Department of Chemistry is based on fundamental subjects running annually and all other subjects normally running on a 3 year rotation, providing each student with at least one opportunity to attend each of the courses during their time at Cambridge carrying out PhD studies, as illustrated below:





Essential Academic Provision:

Information Systems, Fundamental Skills, Characterisation Techniques, Statistics for Chemists (2018 dates TBC), Molecular Orbitals and Biophysical Techniques sessions will run annually.

Lent Term Specialist Academic Provision:


Full Careers Programme

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Easter Term:

Drug Discovery


Novel Materials & Microdroplets

Understanding NMR Spectroscopy

The Department of Chemistry aims to provide every student with equal support, regardless of funding stream or PhD Programme.  Our training programme has evolved over the last few years and will continue to do so based upon feedback/consultation with all stakeholders.  This year, the programme has altered according to:

  • Feedback from sessions which have run this year
  • Consultation with students and postdocs from all RIGs at the Graduate Education Development Forum
  • Recommendations from the Graduate Education Committee
  • Consultation with each RIG followed by discussion/decision making at the Faculty Meeting.

It has been a long and thorough process, resulting in the conclusion that we should be supporting our graduate students in a range of different ways:

  • A selection of annual course components which are compulsory for first year PhD students, i.e. they will benefit all and generate 15 of the 30 Researcher Development credits you need to obtain during your time with us (see Researcher Development for more details), some of which are also compulsory for MPhil students;
  • A selection of annual course components which are elective but highly recommended and attendance be rewarded with Researcher Development credits;
  • Annual elective fundamental academic courses (annual);
  • Triennial elective specialist academic courses (triennial);
  • Providing a Careers Programme;
  • Providing a broad selection of Researcher Development opportunities.

We strongly recommend that you take advice at a very early stage from your Supervisor on the best selection of academic courses, Researcher Development and Careers Service openings that will be best suited to you: making the right, informed decisions early on will help greatly in planning your time effectively and enrich your overall experience during your time here.