PhD in Chemistry
- Graduate School Director
- Klaus Moessner
- Programme length
- Full-time: 33-48 months , Part-time: 45-96 months
- Programme start date
- October, January, April, July
We value our PhD students – their research education is important to us because they will become the academics, researchers and policy makers of the future. PhD students are initially registered for a probationary period and proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful upgrade viva. Students will be expected to demonstrate original thought and a capacity for critical evaluation. The research towards a PhD would normally take approximately three years, with a further year to write the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam. The University and the Faculty provide a programme of training in generic, transferable skills, as well as research skills, as these are clearly important for the future employment prospects of our graduates
Candidates should have a good honours degree (Upper Second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact the Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications.
Fees and Funding
Please note: fees for 2013/14 will be published online in Autumn 2012.
There are funding opportunities such as Faculty research scholarships and research council scholarships. These and other scholarships are advertised as and when they become available on the Faculty Graduate School website: www.surrey.ac.uk/feps/gradschool
Chemistry at Surrey
Research in the Department of Chemistry ranked third in the country for biomedical research in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008). The rest of the research under materials was rated with engineering as eighth in the country. Over 65 per cent of our research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent, and over 95 per cent at an international standard. We welcome talented PhD students to work with us.
The aim of the Department of Chemistry is to apply chemical techniques to problems of biological interest or to the development and analysis of materials. Academics in the Department are engaged in research in the following areas: materials and devices for sustainable energy, drug discovery, natural products and synthetic organic chemistry, environmental analysis, biosensors and forensic analysis, strategic new inorganic materials and polymeric materials, thermochemistry, and theoretical and computational chemistry.
The University has invested heavily in Chemistry at Surrey in recent years, reflecting its conviction that a leading technological university must promote top-rate research in the core sciences. Research in Chemistry is linked with the Faculty themes. Natural products chemistry, materials chemistry, fuel cell research, nanotechnology and computational chemistry are important areas of research. Research within the Department is supported by a wide variety of funding agencies and industry. Sources of recent grants have included: the UK research councils (BBSRC and EPSRC), government departments (MoD and DTI), international bodies (the European Commission and NATO) and large companies such as GlaxoWellcome and Nycomed-Amersham.