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Postgraduate research (PhD and MSc by Research)

Join our vibrant research community

The Warwick Chemistry network has over 140 research students running cutting-edge projects across all areas of chemical research. Discover more about what we can offer you, including our extensive instrumental and laboratory facilities, and how to apply for a studentship.

The department of Chemistry expects to appoint around 60 funded and self-funded PhD and MSc students in the 2022/2023 academic year, in the following research areas:

  • Measurement and Modelling (MSC courses also available)
  • Chemical, Structural and Synthetic Biology
  • Materials and Polymers (MSc courses also available)
  • Synthesis and Catalysis

Find out more about our research areas and find a researcher here.

Bursaries and funding are available.

Further information and how to apply

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Research students play an important part in helping Warwick deliver its research strategy.

Take a look at some of the current Chemistry research programmes that are open for PhD students and apply below. Other opportunities are advertised widely and speculative applications to academic staff are always welcomed.

Our top-rated research has activity across the chemical sciences. All of our 40 academics are internationally recognised, with the department being sixth in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Chemistry research occupies several buildings grouped around "C Block" on Library Road including our new Materials and Analytical Science Building, in addition to Millburn House. All graduate students, postdocs and other staff have dedicated space including state of the art laboratories and write-up areas. We have all the facilities you might need for world class research in chemistry.

We also hold one of the largest EPSRC Research Grant Portfolios of any UK University Chemistry Department. For an overview of the instruments we offer, visit our facilities page.

About our courses

We boast some of the best laboratories and instrumentation in the UK with continuous heavy investment and expansion in equipment, facilities and people. We typically take on 50-60 new MSc and PhD students each year across our graduate programmes.

PhD degrees

We welcome applications from excellent candidates to carry out research leading to the award of a PhD degree. The degrees are of between 3-4 years in duration. Explore our full course list and see how to apply.

Master by Research

Alternatively, you could spend a year doing a Master by Research where you will conduct full-time research in an area in which you wish to specialise. Our MSc in Research lets you spend a year conducting full-time research in an area in which you wish to specialise.

You will be learning alongside some of the world’s top academics at a university that continues to commit to the best research infrastructure and facilities.

This course offers great flexibility, allowing you to plan your own studies.

  • Option to submit your own research proposal
  • Lab-based - independent study with no lectures
  • Opportunity to work closely with your supervisor and the research group
  • Self-guided study, one year in duration, with a thesis at the end

Detailed course information

Visiting researchers

We welcome applications for visiting postgraduate research students. However, it is strongly suggested that you contact the relevant members of academic staff under the relevant research area you are interested in to discuss your needs before you apply as a visiting student.

Other Funded Studentships and Centres for Doctoral Training

Tuition fees for postgraduate research courses:

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. The fee table show fees for the current academic year and the following year (Chemistry comes under Band 2).


When a PhD offer is made by PG admissions, it is only on the basis of academic quality and does not include any guarantee of funding. Funding is dealt separately and usually through the department and/or the project supervisor. Alternatively, you may be able to obtain a scholarship or research council/industrial funding to support your studies.

We are very well supported by both Research Council and Industrial funding. We offer challenging projects across all aspects of modern Chemistry. You can find out more about funding mechanisms at Warwick as well as detailed information on funding opportunities and fee levels.

  • Members of academic staff may have funding for individual projects- you are welcome to contact them directly.
  • There are a number of different research scholarships available for both home and international students.