The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is offering PhD studentships for October 2019 entry.  Studentships are available from a range of funders and in a wide variety of research disciplines.  PhD students in Chemistry undertake the highest quality fundamental and applied research supervised by academic staff who are experts in their field. We have a distinctive interdisciplinary structure founded on strong areas of core chemistry. All PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the academic staff they wish to work with before submitting their application.

Two types of PhD funding are available:

1) Direct funding: funding has already been secured for a particular project.  These can be advertised at any time and have individual closing dates.  Interviews are organised by the supervisor and an offer is made once a suitable candidate has been identified.  The Department has strong links to industry and often has projects fully or jointly funded by a range of chemical companies.

2) Competitive funding: projects approved for competitive funding.  Advertised between October and January with a fixed closing date in early January.  Applicants will be considered, and often interviewed, by the academic staff hosting the project.  For each project, up to two candidates can be nominated to a panel of academic staff who will shortlist candidates for a panel interview on a fixed date in late January to mid February.  Panels awards funding to the top candidates in February.

The Department of Chemistry is offering competitively funded studentships as part of the following schemes for 2019 entry:

1) EPSRC DTP: PhDs in Chemistry – 3 years

2) BBSRC White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology: PhDs in Biological Chemistry – 4 years

3) NERC Panorama DTP: PhDs in atmospheric chemistry – 3.5 years

4) NERC ACCE DTP: PhDs in analytical chemistry – 3.5 years

5) Department of Chemistry Teaching Studentships – 3 years

6) Department of Chemistry Technical studentships – 4 years

A full list of PhD projects is available on the Department of Chemistry website.

The department is routinely ranked in the top 10 of UK Chemistry Departments.  The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) places York Chemistry 7th in Research Power and 91% of research work rated as internationally leading or internationally excellent.

There is a large graduate school of ca. 150 students, most of whom are studying for PhDs. Chemistry students typically join a research group of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, headed up by an academic. Chemistry research students follow our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC): cohort-based training to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills.  The core training package provides both a grounding in the skills required for their research, and transferable skills to enhance employability opportunities following graduation.  Core training is progressive and takes place at appropriate points throughout a student’s higher degree programme, with the majority of training taking place in Year 1.  In conjunction with the Core training, students, in consultation with their supervisor(s), select training related to the area of their research.  York Chemistry research students registered on other training networks have the opportunity to select relevant training from the iDTC.  All PhD students are expected to complete their research and submit their thesis for examination within 4 years full time (or 7 years part-time). 

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students.  The Department strives to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel.  Chemistry at York was the first academic department in the UK to receive the Athena SWAN Gold award, first attained in 2007 and then renewed in October 2010 and in April 2015.  The vast majority of funded PhD projects are available to study full-time or part-time (50%).

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Contact details:

Chemistry Graduate Office, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington YORK YO10 5DD

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 324544 / 4077


Twitter: @ChemistryatYork



Funding Information

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