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Research Degrees

Warwick has an excellent international reputation for research and education in Chemistry. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were ranked =6th overall for research quality with 98% of our research classified as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. Our staff win many national and international awards for science and innovation.

The Department welcomes applications from excellent candidates to carry out research leading to the award of PhD and MSc degrees. MSc courses are 1 year in duration whilst PhD degrees are of between 3-4 years duration depending on the source of funding.

More on your research degree at Warwick Chemistry can be found here. The Department of Chemistry boasts 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.

Click here for the presentation given by Prof Martin Wills at Chem Cafe on 23rd October 2016.

Visiting Research - V-PRCH

We welcome applications for visiting postgraduate research student places. 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. Further information regarding research carried out by our academics can be found on our research pages. Information regarding the Visiting Research Application process can be found here.

Please note that as a visiting research student you will normally be liable for fees as follows:

  • If you are visiting for a period of less than 10 weeks no fee will be charged.
  • If you are visiting for a period of 10 weeks or over (and up to 12 months), a fee of 50% of the full fee, pro rata for the period of your visit, will be charged.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Click here for a list of current Postgraduate Opportunities now available within the Department of Chemistry. Although specific examples are listed on this page, you are more than welcome to contact members of staff with enquiries at any point in the year, since not all opportunities may be listed on this page at any one time. Please also refer to the section on Chancellor's Scholarships which will fund PhD studies in any area of chemistry.

Research areas

To find out more about the research of individual members of academic staff, please refer to the relevant research pages. Details of specific vacancies may be found here, although informal approaches to staff may be made at any time.

Examples of PhD projects in the Department of Chemistry include:

  • Chemical Genetics of the Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenases with Professor Tim Bugg
  • Elucidating and manipulating antibiotic biosynthetic pathways with Professor Greg Challis
  • Fabrication of sustainable non-stick coatings for metal substrates with Prof dr ir Stefan Bon and Prof Andrew Clark
  • Ficellomycin: Isolation, Structural Elucidation, Antibiotic Action and Synthetic Modification with Professor Mike Shipman
  • Ice Growth Inhibition by Synthetic Macromolecules: Experiments and Modelling with Dr Matthew Gibson and Dr Rebecca Notman
  • Investigating the interactions between microbial hormones and transcriptional repressors with Dr Christophe Corre
  • Investigation of Protein Structure and Protein-Drug Interactions Using NMR Spectroscopy with Dr Ann Dixon
  • Structural dynamics and interactions of proteins investigated by solid-state NMR with Dr Józef Lewandowski

  • Targetting metal ions with extracellular proteins : new insights into diseases with Dr Claudia Blindauer and Professor Peter Sadler

  • The development and applications of asymmetric catalysis with Professor Martin Wills

Other Funded Studentships and Centres for Doctoral Training


Current PhD Opportunities