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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



Machine-Learning-Based Simulation and Design of Plasmonic CO2 Reduction CatalystsCatalysts Lin opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window

28 February 2023

Reinhard MaurerLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window 
(Chemistry / Physics)
CLOSED Funded PhD Machine-Learning-Guided Design of Efficient Sustainable Materials for Hydrogenation PhotocatalysisPhotocatalysis Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window 28 February 2023 Reinhard MaurerLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window 
(Chemistry / Physics)
OPEN Funded PhD High Pressure Diffraction Studies on Functional MaterialsLink opens in a new window 11 April 2023  Mark Senn 

Convincing Cells to Freeze Better: The impact of cellular state on cryopreservation

21 November 2022 Matthew Gibson (Chemistry / WMS) 
CLOSED Funded PhD Fungal ice nucleation: Moulding our Environment? 11 January 2023 Tom Whale (Chemistry)

The behaviour of polymer colloids in freshwater flow environment

11 January 2023

Prof. dr. ir. Stefan Bon (Chemistry)
CLOSED Funded PhD Novel Electron Accepting Molecules for Organic and Tin Perovskite Photovoltaics 15 January 2023 Prof. Ross Hatton (Chemistry)
OPEN Funded PhD

Electronic Structure & Photochemistry of Molecular Iron(III)-oxo Clusters

31 January 2023 Sebastian Pike (Chemistry) & Prof. Nick Hine (Physics)

OPEN Funded PhD

Self-writing code for chemical dynamics simulations

27 March 2023 Prof. Scott Habershon (Chemistry)
OPEN Funded PhD Unprecedented approach for the synthesis of N-CF3 amides and lactams Ongoing Mark Greenhalgh (Chemistry)
OPEN Funded PhD Probing the local structure of functional materials under high pressure 15 June 2023  Mark Senn 
OPEN Funded PhD

Predicting the structure and thermal stability of high-entropy alloy surfaces

Ongoing Dr Livia Bartok-Partay (Chemistry)
OPEN 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 Ongoing Various Various
OPEN Part-funded MScR New Photoactove Porous Materials Ongoing Sebastian Pike (Chemistry)
OPEN Funded PhD Rational design of chemoselective chalcogen bonding catalysts 7 April 2023 Mark Greenhalgh (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.