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Research Degrees

We offer two research degrees, which can be completed on a full or part-time basis:


The majority of those beginning postgraduate study in Durham work toward a PhD, which normally requires between 36 and 48 months of full-time study, depending on the programme. The degree is awarded based on the presentation and oral examination of a thesis.


This research programme usually takes 12 months to complete. The degree is awarded based on the preparation and examination of a thesis and an oral examination (where necessary), together with successful completion of the Department's postgraduate training programme.


Bioactive Chemistry MSc by Research


MSc by Research –Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis


MSc by Research – Materials Chemistry


Current Funded Opportunities

Postgraduate projects undertaken in the Chemistry Department here in Durham cover all of the traditional areas of chemistry and other contemporary, often interdisciplinary topics. PhD projects are available each year that span all aspects of the Department's research activities.

We also have a funded opportunity to study a Masters by Research in Chemistry via the Dr Anthony J. Palmer Trust Fund.  Places for this are allocated annually, and applications for the 2024/25 are currently open: please click here for more details.

Current funded postgraduate studentships are listed on FindAPhD:

Development of a novel translational spectrometer to investigate non-thermal chemistry

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr J. Gibbard


Crystallisation in Structured Ternary Fluids for Enhanced Control

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr. S. Cooper, Prof. J. Steed


Understanding structure and dynamics at complex liquid-solid interfaces

Deadline: Year-round applications

Supervisor: Dr S. Cox, Dr M. Miller


Dynamic Nonequilibrium Compartmentalisation: Harnessing Transmembrane Gradients

Deadline:  31st January 2024

Supervisor:  Dr S. Borsley


Chemically Fuelled Trasmembrane Pumps

Deadline:  31st January 2024

Supervisor:  Dr S. Borsley


Polymer-based sensor arrays to detect bacterial pathoadaptation

Deadline:  31st March 2024

Supervisor:  Dr C. Mahon 


MoSMed Opportunities