University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


Pursuing a research degree at the School of Chemistry could be one of the best experiences of your life. In addition to gaining research skills, making friends, meeting eminent researchers and being part of the research community, 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. The Chemistry/Biology Interface This is a broad area, with particular strengths in the areas of protein structure and function, mechanistic enzymology, proteomics, peptide and protein synthesis, protein folding, recombinant and synthetic DNA methodology, biologically targeted synthesis and the application of high throughput and combinatorial approaches. We also focus on biophysical chemistry, the development and application of physicochemical techniques to biological systems. This includes mass spectrometry, advanced spectroscopy and microscopy, as applied to proteins, enzymes, DNA, membranes and biosensors. Experimental & Theoretical Chemical Physics This is the fundamental study of molecular properties and processes. Areas of expertise include probing molecular structure in the gas phase, clusters and nanoparticles, the development and application of physicochemical techniques such as mass spectoscropy to molecular systems and the EaStCHEM surface science group, who study complex molecules on surfaces, probing the structure property-relationships employed in heterogeneous catalysis. A major feature is in Silico Scotland, a world-class research computing facility. Synthesis This research area encompasses the synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds, including those with application in homogeneous catalysis, nanotechnology, coordination chemistry, ligand design and supramolecular chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, heterocyclic chemistry and the development of synthetic methods and strategies leading to the synthesis of biologically important molecules (including drug discovery). The development of innovative synthetic and characterisation methodologies (particularly in structural chemistry) is a key feature, and we specialise in structural chemistry at extremely high pressures. Materials Chemistry The EaStCHEM Materials group is one of the largest in the UK. Areas of strength include the design, synthesis and characterisation of functional (for example magnetic, superconducting and electronic) materials; strongly correlated electronic materials, battery and fuel cell materials and devices, porous solids, fundamental and applied electrochemistry polymer microarray technologies and technique development for materials and nanomaterials analysis.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

See our website for detailed programme information.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 26,600 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 8,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 8,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 8,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 8,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc (Res) Full-time January 2020 8,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time January 2020 22,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time February 2020 22,200 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time February 2020 11,100 per Year 1 (International) 6 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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