School of Chemistry

PhD by Research


The School of Chemistry has a vigorous andworld-leading research portfolio covering inorganic and materials, organic and biological, and physical and theoretical chemistry, and their interfaces with physics, biology, biomedical sciences, materials, nanosciences and engineering.

The School’s research laboratories are located in a purpose-designed building and in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. Chemistry plays a pivotal role in the inter- and multidisciplinary activities of this Centre. There is a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art instrumentation, including the new £1.5m Centre for Mass Spectrometry, high-field nmr (eg 800 MHz), solid-state nmr, single crystal CCD, powder X-ray diffractometers, state-of-the-art XPS, mass spectrometers, UV/VIS/Raman, FTIR, SQUID magnetometer, fluorimeters and ToF SIMS, UHV and surface equipment, and computational modelling with High Performance Computing.

There are also world-class laser facilities from UV to IR, with timescales from picosecond to CW, and the School is leading the campus-wide development of new applications including medical and cellular imaging. The School has excellent technical support and a full range of workshop facilities.

With more than £10m raised for research within the School annually from research councils, the EU and industry, we aim to recruit around 60 fully-funded postgraduates each year. Socially, the School has a vibrant student Chemical Society that provides a wide range of events and a stimulating programme of lectures reflecting the diversity of chemistry. With more than 160 postgraduates, there is ample opportunity for many extramural activities.

MSc by Research

An international leader in research, the School of Chemistry offers an exciting programme aimed at students who wish to focus primarily on undertaking a research-based masters-level qualification. This one year course is designed for those students wishing to develop their chemistry research skills. 

The MSc by Research programme is ideal for students who wish to experience academic research without the requirement to undertake three years of study (as with a PhD). Students receive close support and guidance from two academic supervisors within the School. Supervisors meet regularly with students, making sure that they are fully involved in the School's leading research community. 

The School of Chemistry’s research portfolio covers inorganic and materials, organic and biological, and physical and theoretical chemistry, and their interfaces with physics, biology, biomedical sciences, materials, nanosciences and engineering. 85 per cent of its research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, placing the School second in the national rankings.

The School benefits from comprehensive, state-of-the-art facilities and plays a key role in the multidisciplinary activities of the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, where some staff are based, as well as the Nottingham Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. Long established links with industry provide rewarding placements and scholarships as well as exciting career opportunites.

Research programme

A postgraduate degree in chemistry from Nottingham is the passport to a diverse range of rewarding careers in industry, academe and across the professions. The School has long established links with the major blue-chip pharmaceutical, chemical, industrial and commercial companies nationally and internationally. As well as funding studentships, these companies actively recruit from our postgraduate cohort on an annual basis, and offer a wide range of placement opportunities. Additionally, the Graduate School offers opportunities for postgraduates to apply for Travel Scholarships (BESTS) worth £3,000 each. These allow the successful applicants to spend two months working within any relevant company or institution anywhere in the world gaining new skills and networking with employers.



School of Chemistry

University Park Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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