- Biocatalysis and synthetic biology
- Chemical biology and drug discovery
- Chemical modification and synthesis of proteins and complex peptides
- Chemical sensors and gas-phase electrochemistry
- Chemistry in interstellar space
- Computational chemistry, from materials simulations to quantum dynamics
- Development of chemical probes for biological systems
- Development of synthetic methodology for organic synthesis
- Gas-phase reactions of ions and molecules related to atmospheric chemistry
- Industrial materials
- New synthetic methods for inorganic materials
- Thin film growth and analysis
- Surface solid-state science
- Ultrafast molecular dynamics and coherent control.
- The Centre for Computational Science (CCS)
- The Centre for Cosmic Chemistry and Physics
- The Materials Chemistry Centre.
- The Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology
- UK Catalysis Hub- Research Complex at Harwell
- The Francis Crick Institute (2015 onwards)
A UK Master’s degree in Chemistry, or an MSci or MChem with upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English level expected: Standard
ApplicationResearch degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
- Overseas Full-time: £20,900
- Overseas Part-time: £10,450
The department may be able to offer, on a competitive basis, BBSRC, EPSRC, and NERC studentships, teaching assistantships and industrially supported studentships.
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective students of an MPhil/PhD in Chemistry. Preference is given to overseas applicants.
Founded in 1984 by subscribers to the E.D. Hughes to commemorate the life and work of Professor E.D. Hughes F.R.S., whose association with the Department of Chemistry dates from 1930, culminating in 1961 by becoming its Head, until his death two years later.
These grants are to assist students in need of financial assistance either towards maintenance and/or fees to enable them to continue their studies at the College. Preference will be given to candidates from overseas.
Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Recent UCL Chemistry PhD graduates have become postdoctoral researchers at a range of institutions in the UK and abroad, including ETH Zurich and Princeton, amongst others. Other PhD graduates have followed a wide range of careers, becoming research chemists, secondary school science teachers, working in finance and publishing and becoming technical consultants.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Bristol University, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 2009
- Potter Clarkson, Trainee Patent Attorney, 2011
- GlaxoSmithKline, Research Developer, 2011
- Royal Society of Chemistry, Publishing Editor, 2011
Networking opportunities are available throughout the PhD at departmental seminars and events for interdisciplinary research collaborations with other institutions and departments. Furthermore all of our PhD students have the opportunity to meet with subject-specific visiting academic speakers giving seminars. Networking is also possible at the Chemical & Physics Society (CPS), which holds weekly talks from staff and visiting speakers throughout each term. The CPS is the UCL Chemistry Department’s student society that was founded in 1876, and is UCL's oldest students' society. PhD students can also become engaged with the UCL Alumni Relations Office and the UCL Gillespie Science Club.
Ms Mary Lou Jabore
T: +44 (0)20 7679 4650
Register your interest
Keep up to date with graduate news from UCL and receive personalised email alerts. Register your interest
Make an application
"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."
Degree: Chemistry PhD, Drug Discovery Programme
"I found my position at the Massachusetts General Hospital through a networking event organised by UCL. When I was a PhD student, my department organised a student exchange with the Systems Biology Department at Harvard University."
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012
Subject: CoMPLEX (Centre for Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences & Experimental Biology), Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences