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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.

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.