Chemistry PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum

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Chemistry PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum, School of Chemistry, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, Birmingham, United Kingdom
PhD – 3 to 4 years full-time, MPhil – 1 year full-time
Scholarship and Grants 
+44(0) 121 414 4361
+44(0)121 414 4403


Research themes

Research is divided into three research themes; examples of specific research topics are given below each theme heading:

  • Materials chemistry
    Theme leader: Professor Colin Greaves
    Biomaterials; ferroelectrics; functional materials; heterogeneous catalysis; high-pressure chemistry; hybrid organic-inorganic materials; hydrogen storage; ionic conductors; luminescent materials; magnetic materials; nanoparticles and nanowires; organic materials; polymorphism; superconductors; structural chemistry; thermoelectric materials; zeolites.
  • Molecular processes and theory
    Theme leader: Professor Roy Johnston
    Atmospheric chemistry; bio-nanotechnology; chemical reaction dynamics; clusters and nano-particles; computational and theoretical chemistry; electrochemistry; gas-phase molecular chemistry; magnetic resonance imaging; photoelectron and ultraviolet spectroscopy; simulation and modelling; surface and interfacial chemistry; X-ray spectroscopy.
  • Molecular synthesis and chemical biology
    Theme leader: Professor Michael Hannon
    Asymmetric synthesis; biomimetic membranes; biomolecules; carbohydrates; DNA recognition; free radicals; liquid crystals; luminescent labels; mechanistic organic chemistry; metallo-drugs and imaging agents; molecular design; natural products; peptides; photochemistry; self-assembly; sensors; supramolecular chemistry; synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirements for MPhil or PhD study are a first degree of at least good UK upper second-class Honours standard, an appropriate standard of English and adequate financial support. The requirements also allow for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first degree performance plus substantial relevant experience.

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How to apply

First, we recommend you consult their website and decide the area of Chemistry in which you want to work, and with which member of staff.

For further details you can contact the following:

  • Contact person: Professor Roy Johnston
    Director of the Chemistry Graduate Research School
  • Email:


  • Contact person: Dr Liam Cox
    Assistant Director (with responsibility for postgraduate admissions)
  • Email:

Alternatively, you can approach a member of staff directly (see Research interests of staff below). In any event, if you are interested in joining the School of Chemistry for postgraduate research, we ask that you contact:

Online applications

If you submit an online application, please write your ID number on your supporting documents when you send them to us. You will receive an ID number by email on the day after you submit your application (apart from applications submitted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when the email will arrive on Monday).

If you send in your supporting documents before completing the online application form, please make sure that you write your full name, date of birth and the programme you are applying for on all the documents.

Paper application form

If you apply using the paper application form, please include, where possible, your supporting documents with the application.

Where to send supporting documents

  • Address: Admissions
    Aston Webb Building
    University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT

Tuition fees and costs

The University charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of your tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.

When you accept the offer of a place, you are also accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees, even if you are sponsored or in receipt of an award and the sponsor fails to pay. It is therefore very important that you have sufficient funds available to you. Unfortunately, if you fail to pay the fees, you will not be permitted to continue your studies.

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For general information about open days

  • 3 December

Their Postgraduate Open Day is the ideal opportunity to visit the University and find out more about the research areas or programmes that interest you.

For more information about other tours and visits:

Contact details

Main University Switchboard

  • Postal Address: University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971

Postgraduate Admissions

International Applicant Enquiries

Financial Support Office

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