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Postgraduate Admissions

PhD in Chemistry

Entry requirement:  2.1 Masters degree or equivalent

Please check international qualifications equivalence guidelines here.

Please contact if you have any questions surrounding our minimum requirements.

Coming to Cambridge for a PhD in Chemistry means you will be joining a community of over 50 academics, 350 PhD students and more than 200 postdoctoral researchers. The research opportunities are vast and career development is second to none. 

The route to a PhD takes up to four years of full-time research, culminating in a substantial thesis of up to 60,000 words which is examined by viva. Along your journey to a PhD, you will be absorbed in the laboratory life of your chosen research group. The graduate chemistry lecture series we offer aims to bring everyone up to the same high-level of foundational knowledge; irrespective of prior educational background at Masters level. You will present your research at seminars and conferences as you progress. Most PhD students go to at least one international and national chemistry conference in the course of their studies.

HOW TO APPLY  We encourage you to correspond with potential supervisors early and well in advance of submitting your application


Table of Academics accepting PhD Students






Prof. Sir Shankar Balsubramanian FRS

Dr Hugo Bronstein

Dr Alexander Archibald

Prof. Matthew Gaunt

Prof. Stuart Althorpe

Dr Paul Barker

Prof. Melinda Duer

Prof. Stuart Clarke

Prof. Jonathan Goodman

Dr Andreas Bender

Dr Gonçalo Bernardes

Dr Alexander Forse

Dr Chiara Giorno

Prof. Christopher Hunter FRS

Dr Lucy Colwell

Prof. Sophie Jackson

Prof. Clare Grey FRS

Dr Stephen Jenkins

Dr Robert Phipps

Dr Robert Jack

Prof. Michele Vendruscolo

Prof. Jonathan Nitschke

Prof. Sir David Klenerman FRS

Prof. David Spring

Dr Aleks Reinhardt


Prof. Erwin Reisner

Prof. Tuomas Knowles


Dr Alexander Thom


Prof. Oren Scherman

Dr Steven Lee


Prof. David Wales FRS


Dr Silvia Vignolini

Dr Anja Schmidt




Dr Andrew Wheatley




  Dr Paul Wood      
  Prof. Dominic Wright      
  Dr Jenny Zhang