Chemistry Research Degrees at the University of Edinburgh. Scholarships available, apply now

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The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is frequently voted the best city in the UK and one of the top cities in the world to live and study in. The University of Edinburgh ranked 15th in the latest QS World University Rankings 2022.

Overview of the Graduate School

A PhD degree in Chemistry from Edinburgh will equip you to lead research projects in academia or industry, and also opens doors to numerous other careers in multiple sectors. You can view the wide range of careers our graduates have gone on to on our Alumni Profiles.


Find out more about our studentships, CDTs and self-funded PhD studentships. The School of Chemistry in Edinburgh appoints approximately 50 PhD students each year. These studentships span a range of research areas, and are funded by Research Councils, Industry and by charitable endowments. Different eligibilities, deadlines and selection procedures apply depending on the source of funding. Appointments to PhD studentships can only be made by formal application through the EUCLID Postgraduate Admissions web page.

Prize PhD Scholarships

We offer a number of prize scholarships to applicants of outstanding merit, including UK, EU and overseas applicants. Annual deadlines apply, and all applications require the support of a specific potential PhD supervisor. Early application is encouraged in all cases.

Studentships via Centres for Doctoral Training

The School of Chemistry is both leading, and involved in, many Centres for Doctoral Training, funded by the UK research councils, industry and the UK Government. Applications for these PhD studentships often require the support of a PhD supervisor who is partnered with a particular Training Centre. Please note that in the majority of cases, eligibility is restricted to UK or EU nationals, and annual application deadlines apply.

Masters by Research

The MSc by Research is a 12-month program in which the student joins one of the groups at the School of Chemistry to conduct research on a particular topic.

A research degree will help you to develop invaluable transferable skills which you can apply to academic life or a variety of professions outside of academia. You will also gain research skills, make friends, meet eminent researchers and be part of the research community. It is necessary to obtain the approval of a supervisor before enrolling in the program. At the end of the 12-months period the student submits a final report and has an examination conducted by one external and one internal examiner.

Applications and entry requirements

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Other funding opportunities

There are a number of other funding opportunities available to PGR students. Please check the link below for details of what opportunities are available and deadlines for application.

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