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Why chemistry at Imperial?
Transferable skills training.
Studying for a PhD in the Department of Chemistry will provide you with access to world-class research facilities as well as the opportunity to take advantage of the many transferable skills training courses that are offered both within the Department and at the Imperial College Graduate School . Completing these courses can allow postgraduate students to achieve Registered Scientist status, full Membership of a Professional Body or Chartered status. Learn more about the Graduate School's MARS membership scheme .
The White City campus: facilities and collaboration
PhD students will have unique access to the growing number of facilities and opportunities that are developing both within the Department and as part of the wider White City campus development.
The Chemistry Department's new building at White City allows internal and external researchers from academia and industry to co-locate with us for an agreed period, working shoulder-to-shoulder on common challenges. Collaborators joining us in the building have access to expertise and people (through joint supervision of research projects), as well as state-of-the-art facilities . Our facilities include molecular characterisation and autonomous chemistry , as well as extensive wet-lab capabilities, cleanrooms, materials manufacturing laboratories, nanomaterials fabrications and molecular imaging suites.
Nurturing an inclusive environment and pioneering research that benefits society
The department has held its Gold Athena Swan award for good practice in supporting academic women since September 2013. This award recognises the good practices already in place for supporting women at all stages as well as promoting an inclusive working environment for all.
The Chemistry department has a proud history of pioneering chemistry training and research with practical benefits to society which continues today. We are one of the largest departments in the UK and our activities cover the full range of fundamental theoretical and experimental chemistry, as well as research at chemistry’s interfaces with other disciplines such as materials, engineering, biology and medicine. Our new building on the White City campus is a custom-built facility designed to support the College's vision for Chemistry; this landmark building is providing the Department with the space and infrastructure needed to realise the potential for major advances in molecular and chemical science whilst also helping to develop a new molecular sciences neighbourhood.
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Chemistry Research MPhil/PhD
The Department of Chemistry occupies research laboratories Britannia House on Guy’s Campus, with state-of-the art analytical and spectroscopic facilities close at hand and further analytical and synthetic facilities at the Waterloo and St Thomas’ Hospital campuses.
Chemistry research spans the Faculties of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Life Sciences & Medicine, and broadly ranges from computational and physical chemistry to chemical biology, medical imaging and materials science. Additional strengths are in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, metallochemistry, nanoparticle chemistry and biology and drug discovery.
Chemistry is also a major component in a number of prestigious Centres based at King’s such as the Cancer Research UK/EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Wellcome/EPSRC Medical Engineering Centre, and BHF Centre of Excellence.
Current number of academic staff: 15 academic staff and a number of affiliate academic staff across the College.
Head of group: Prof Martin Ulmschneider
Students are encouraged to begin their research in October so as to attend the introductory courses, but students can also register at a further three registration points during the academic cycle (January, April and July).
- Cytochrome P450–catalyzed L-tryptophan nitration in thaxtomin phytotoxin biosynthesis
- Dynamics of a bacterial multidrug ABC transporter in the inward- and outward-facing conformations
- Dopamine receptor D3 regulates endocytic sorting by a Prazosin-sensitive interaction with the coatomer COPI
- Stabilization of a Protein Nano-cage through the Plugging of a Protein-Protein Interfacial Water Pocket
- Preferred Conformers of Proteinogenic Glutamic Acid
Current research areas
For information about the exciting research in the chemistry department please see our research pages: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/chemistry/research
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- How to apply
- Fees or Funding
For funding opportunities please explore these pages:
- List of funding opportunities
- External funding opportunities for International students
- King’s-China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarship programme (K-CSC)
UK Tuition Fees 2022/23
Full-time tuition fees: £6,120 per year
Part-time tuition fees: £3,060 per year
International Tuition Fees 2022/23
Full-time tuition fees: £26,640 per year
Part-time tuition fees: £13,320 per year
UK Tuition Fees 2023/24
Full-time tuition fees: £6,540 per year
Part-time tuition fees: £3,270 per year
International Tuition Fees 2023/24
Full-time tuition fees: £28,260 per year
Part-time tuition fees: £14,130 per year
These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.
- Study environment
Research in the Department of Chemistry is based in Britannia House (a pharmaceutical industry grade research facility). In addition to labs equipped for synthetic chemistry, biochemistry and tissue culture, individual research groups have specialist kit (e.g. laser excitation and microwave spectroscopy) as well as access to King’s excellent core research facilities:
- Centre of Excellence for Mass Spectrometry
- Centre for Biomolecular Spectroscopy
- Nikon Imaging Centre
- NMR Facility
- Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
- Radiochemistry facilities and medical imaging
Postgraduate students are encouraged to mix with other scientists, both fellow students and beyond, at events varying from Departmental seminars to international conferences. These offer you the chance to present and discuss your work at many levels make valuable network connections.
The nature of the research in the Department of Chemistry is highly cross-disciplinary and making contacts and exchanging ideas form a core part of this approach to science.
Research projects may be co-supervised by staff from different Research Divisions and Departments to support collaboration and application of chemical innovation especially in medicine and biology.
- Entry requirements
- Research groups
Research at the Aldous Group focuses on thermoelectrochemistry and biomass utilisation.
Our research focuses on understanding and exploiting the natural product biosynthesis, from the conditions under which biosynthetic pathways are expressed to elucidating the mechanisms of the enzymes involved, in pursuit of novel compounds and biocatalysts.
The Booth group works at the interface of Chemistry and Biology to elucidate the mechanisms by which proteins fold, assemble and communicate within biological membranes.
The Borysik group use native mass spectrometry (MS) ion mobility MS and hydrogen-deuterium exchange MS to study the conformations and dynamics of important biomolecules in order to understand their function.
Research in the Brogan Group aims to develop new enzyme-based biotechnologies to help us move to a more sustainable, renewable, economy.
The Cobb Group has developed a number of new asymmetric reactions, mainly focusing on the chemistry of the nitro or sulfone groups.
Find out about research in the Diez-Perez Group.
The Eggert Group uses chemical and cell biology approaches to study cytokinesis at the process, pathway, protein and metabolite levels.
Graeme Hogarth is an inorganic chemist with a broad range of interests focused on molecular transition metal chemistry.
The Isaacson group uses biophysical techniques, with a focus on NMR spectroscopy, to determine macromolecular structure and interactions of molecules relevant to health and disease.
Research in the Müller lab focuses on using synthetic protein chemistry to elucidate how proteins are controlled by post-translational modifications.
The Musgrave Group looks into Metallopolymers and Metal-Metal Bonding
Eamonn Reading's group focuses on understanding structure-dynamics-function relationships of membrane proteins
The Sanz group looks at how biomolecular conformation plays a fundamental role in biological processes such as molecular recognition.
The Ulmschneider group studies how peptides and proteins interact with cellular membranes and carry out their biological functions.
The Wallace Group builds artificial mimics of cell membranes; both to improve our understanding of membrane biology, and to engineer new devices inspired by biology.
For more information regarding our courses please contact us using the details below
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- Postgraduate Research
The Chemistry PhD programme is focused on a major piece of original research. You will study under the direct supervision of a member of staff, who is an expert in his or her area of specialisation. The department offers a broad range of research themes across physical, organic, inorganic and computational chemistry, specific departmental strengths are listed under research areas below.
Read more on the Chemistry PhD programme
Supervisor: Rachel Crespo-Otero Application deadline: 15/12/2023
UCL Chemistry Department is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start in September 2023. The student will carry out his/her doctoral research at UCL.
Organic molecular crystals find applications in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), photovoltaic cells, solid-state lasers and biological sensors. Organic materials allow the design of cheap flexible devices with properties easily tuned by minor modifications of the chemical structure. In contrast, with their amorphous counterparts, single organic crystals display good thermal and photochemical stabilities, and the crystal packing prevents luminescence quenching caused by interaction with oxygen. However, the computational design of highly emissive materials is limited by the challenges associated with the description of excited states in the condensed phase.
In the last few years, the Crespo-Otero group has developed fromage (framework for molecular aggregate excitations) to investigate excited state processes in organic molecular crystals. This project will focus on the investigation of challenging excited state processes in molecular crystals displaying ultralong phosphoresce for OLEDs and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for photocatalytic and sensing applications. This project aims to exploit the capabilities of fromage and other electronic structure codes to study excited state dynamics and prediction of static and time-resolved spectra in the condensed phase. Depending on the student's profile and interests, the project might also involve method development and applying machine learning tools.
The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Sciences. Previous experience in computational research is essential either in the application of classical or electronic structure techniques, programming skills are desirable but not essential. Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, [Dr Rachel Crespo Otero], with a degree transcript and a motivation letter expressing interest in these projects. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Please note that a suitable applicant will be required to complete MS Form entitled Application for Research: degree Chemistry programme. In addition, it is essential that suitable applicants complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply (please select Research degree: Chemistry programme) prior to the application deadline and advise their referees to submit their references as soon as they possibly can. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview no more than four weeks after the application deadline. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac and Rhianna Betts at [email protected] .
Applications are welcome from UK nationals, EU students with settled/pre-settled status and students with indefinite leave to remain or enter. Please note that the studentship only covers home fees. The updated rules for eligibility for home fees for next year are available at View Website .
We offer an excellent education with high standards of teaching in an exciting but friendly environment. We foster a community feel to the department and you will mix throughout your time here with staff, undergraduate students and researchers.
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- Queen Mary University of London
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Research degrees in Chemistry
The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at QMUL is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK-wide assessment of university research. We are home to an active and multi-disciplinary research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of projects across the broad sweep of Chemical and Psychological sciences.
Our Chemistry PhD programme offers students the opportunity to conduct research within a range of areas. We have an online list of available PhD projects . Applicants are also encouraged to contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential PhD opportunities within their area of expertise. Information on our research areas can be found on the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences research pages.
We advertise a number of funded PhD projects throughout the year.
Further information on PhD projects and funding is available on the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences webpage.
Requirements for each PhD project vary but generally, we are looking for applicants who hold, or expect to receive:
- A first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject area. If your qualifications are not from a UK university, QMUL also considers recognised equivalent qualifications from accredited overseas institutions and equivalent professional qualifications.
- A masters qualification is desirable but not always essential.
- Relevant experience within the field may also be taken into account.
The following information may also be factored into your application:
All students must meet Queen Mary's English language requirements
Please visit the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences website for information on the application process.
For more information please contact:
Robert Miles, PhD Programme Administrator Email: [email protected]
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