York, University of – Department of Chemistry at the University of York

The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is one of the UK’s leading Chemistry departments. Situated on an attractive campus close to numerous facilities and the beautiful city of York, the Department has seen significant redevelopment in recent years with new laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities for both research and teaching.

A large department, we have around 60 members of academic staff including numerous international prize winners, over 70 research fellows, more than 600 undergraduates and a graduate school of around 150 students studying for postgraduate qualifications. Departmental accolades include:

• 3rd place in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
• 3rd place in the The Guardian University Guide 2019
• 6th Place in the Complete University Guide 2019
• Placed in the top ten UK Universities for Research Power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
• Holder of the Athena Swan Gold Award (since 2007) demonstrating commitment to equality

The University of York is also a member of the Russell Group.

Research programmes

We offer the following research programmes:
PhD in Chemistry : 3 years full time / 6 year part time plus 1 year to write up
MPhil in Chemistry: 2 years full time / 4 year part time plus 1 year to write up
MSc by Research in Chemistry: 1 year full time / 2 years part time plus 3 months to write up

All our research students participate in our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) ; a cohort based graduate training programme to develop and enhance your scientific, transferable and employability skills throughout your research programme. We are also part of Doctoral Training Partnerships with other departments and institutions including NERC ACCE, NERC SPHERES and BBSRC White Rose.

Funded PhD studentships are advertised on our web pages when available including those funded by the EPSRC and Departmental Teaching Studentships. You will also find details of how to apply and the application deadlines.

Applications are welcome all year from students who are able to secure their own funding. A selection of projects is listed on our website, but applicants are welcome to suggest their own interest areas at the point of application. The research interests of all our academic staff are listed on our web pages.

Taught Masters

Our taught MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology was the first course of its kind to receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Chemistry. The course aims to equip you with the necessary skills in green chemistry and clean chemical technology to prepare you for a range of career possibilities. Former students have entered a variety of careers including research, process development, manufacturing, environmental services, law, consultancy and government.

The course, taken over one year full time, comprises four taught modules and a substantial research project. Key features of the course include:

• Four taught modules covering the Principles, Applications and Commercialisation of Green Chemistry, plus Transferable Skills
• Taught by leading academic experts from York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence as well as external academics and industrialists
• Delivered and assessed via a range of methods including lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, posters, presentations, written assignments and one closed examination
• A substantial research project giving you the opportunity to work on real life problems faced by industry. The project is often carried out in collaboration with industrial contacts and provides valuable experience in carrying out postgraduate research.

There are funding opportunities available for the MSc Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology including our MSc and Bridge Scholarships

UK Government Loans are available to eligible students for MSc and PhD study.