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Durham University

Department of Chemistry


Chemistry is a vibrant research-led department with an international reputation for its cutting-edge science. There are 42 research groups with around a hundred Ph.D. students and about 50 post-doctoral researchers working on projects spanning organic, physical, inorganic, bioactive and computational chemistry, through to catalysis, nanoscience and materials. The Department has very close research links with many industrial partners and other universities in the UK and abroad, with leading scientists from around the world visiting and collaborating with us.

The Department is extremely well-equipped, with modern research laboratories, extensive state-of-the-art instrumentation and world-class facilities. Its very strong research activity is underpinned by extremely enthusiastic and dedicated staff and students. The success of our graduate students is clear, with many of our ex-students holding academic, industrial and commercial positions throughout the world.

The Department promotes and supports high quality postgraduate training in all branches of Chemistry. A PhD degree in chemistry will equip you to lead research projects in academia or industry, and also opens the door to numerous other careers in the financial sector, management, patent law, government and civil service, publishing and many other careers that use the transferable and critical thinking skills you will acquire.

Further details of our training programme may be found here

The Department is an exciting and friendly place to study with a lively student Chemical Society that arranges lectures, external visits and social events.

It is located on the University's science site 10 minutes walk from the city centre.