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Postgraduate research (PhD and MSc by Research)

Postgraduate Chemistry

Specialise. Discover. Make your mark.

Join our vibrant research community

The Warwick Chemistry network has over 180 research students running cutting-edge projects across chemical research. Whether you are looking for a one-year MSc by Research, or a four-year PhD course, our programmes will equip you for a wide range of careers in industry and academia. Discover more about what we can offer you, including our extensive instrumental and laboratory facilities, and how to apply for a studentship.

PhD in Chemistry

Join a community of leading Chemistry researchers and utilise Warwick’s specialist facilities to produce an original contribution to science. Watch our videoLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window describing the application process, research areas and funding.

MSc by Research in Chemistry

Team up with a specialised research group to conduct a year-long novel research project, with access to leading laboratories and instrumentation. You may also be interested in taught MSc programmes.

Current funded opportunities

Status Type Title Deadline Supervisors



Funded PhD

Computational design of topological defects in grapheneatalysts Lin opens in a new window

  Reinhard MaurerLink opens in a new window 
(Chemistry / Physics)
OPEN Funded PhD Property-driven generative machine learning for tailored materials designotocatalysis Link opens in a new window 17 May 2024 Reinhard MaurerLink opens in a new window 
(Chemistry / Physics)
CLOSED Funded PhD Machine-learning-guided design of efficient sustainable materials for hydrogenation photocatalysis 1 March 2024 Reinhard MaurerLink opens in a new window 
(Chemistry / Physics)

Warwick A*STAR Research Attachment Programme (ARAP)

Colorimetric Analysis of Multivariate Metal-Organic Framework Materials

10 March 2024 Richard Walton (Chemistry)

OPEN Funded PhD High Pressure Diffraction Studies on Functional MaterialsLink opens in a new window 30 April 2024 Mark Senn 
CLOSED Funded PhD Unprecedented approach for the synthesis of N-CF3 amides and lactams   Mark Greenhalgh (Chemistry)


Funded PhD

Solid-supported Chacogen Bonding Catalysis 15 April 2024

Mark Greenhalgh (Chemistry)


Funded PhD Probing the local structure of functional materials under high pressure    Mark Senn 
UNDER OFFER Funded PhD / 1+3 routes available Find out more about PhD and 1+3 research opportunities within Warwick's Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Science   Various Various
OPEN Part-funded MScR

Precursors for sustainable next-generation touchscreen devices

31 May 2024 Sebastian Pike (Chemistry)
UNDER OFFER Funded PhD Solid-state NMR of Energy Materials   Michael Hope (Chemistry)

Molecular engineering of protein-lipid interactions for immunotherapy

  Becky Notman (Chemistry) and Ann Dixon (Chemistry) or

Funded PhD

AI-supported Computational Chemistry of Materials

26 April 2024 Bora Karasulu (Chemistry)
OPEN Funded PhD Ultrafast Quantum Dynamics in Next-generation Energy Materials 1 May 2024 Raj Pandya (Chemistry)


Funded PhD

Feeling the squeeze: Understanding nano confined systems using computer simulations

  Prof. Scott Habershon (Chemistry) and Livia Bartók-Pártay (Chemistry) 


Our Research ThemesLink opens in a new window

Before you apply you will need to identify your preferred supervisor. Check out our research themesLink opens in a new window or visit our PeopleLink opens in a new window page and filter by specialisms. Our chemical research spans four broad areas:

Chemical, Structural and Synthetic Biology

Developing highly interdisciplinary molecular and analytical approaches to understanding and exploiting biological systems for drug discovery, food security and industrial biotechnology.

Materials and Polymers

From solid-state inorganic materials to soft matter, real-world applications span catalysis, photovoltaics, ferroelectrics, petroadditives for cleaner fuel, personal care and medicine.

Measurement and Modelling

Original experimental measurements, theory and simulations underpin advances in electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, surface analysis and computational chemistry.

Synthesis and Catalysis

Innovative molecular design and advanced synthetic methodology reinforces multi-disciplinary research addressing grand challenges around energy, health and materials.