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Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Research programmes

DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Course Code | 002560

MSc by Research in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Course Code | 002570

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Structure at interfaces
  • Theoretical and computation chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and molecular structure
  • Photochemistry and reaction dynamics
  • Electrochemistry and electroanalysis
  • Biophysical chemistry

How to Apply

The deadlines for the DPhil and MSc (R) programmes are 22 November 2013, 24 January 2014 and 14 March 2014. Applications may be accepted after the March deadline if places and projects remain available.

Please also see the information about funding opportunities and deadlines on the Chemistry website.

The standard set of materials you should send with any application to a research course comprises:

However, applicants to the DPhil or MSc (R) in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry do not need to provide a detailed research proposal - instead, please provide an indication of the area of your proposed research and the names of three (3) supervisors in order of preference. A list of academic staff is available on the Chemistry website

All candidates are strongly advised to contact the department for advice and assistance before submitting an application

Please follow the detailed instructions in the Application Guide, and consult the Chemistry website for any additional guidance.

Academic resources

The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory has modern technical services, computing facilities and well-equipped electronic, mechanical and instrument-making workshops.

Radcliffe Science Library

The main science and medicine research library of the University, holding over one million items.

Graduate destinations

Further research into physical and theoretical chemistry, other areas of chemistry or industry.

Related programmes

In applying for the DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, you may submit further applications for up to two of the following associated programmes without paying an additional application fee:

  • Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (EPSRC CDT)
  • Interdisciplinary Bioscience (BBSRC DTP)
  • Life Sciences Interface (EPSRC CDT)
  • Systems Approaches in Biomedical Sciences (EPSRC & MRC CDT)
  • Systems Biology (EPSRC CDT)

For instructions, see Multiple applications in the Application Guide.


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Main areas of research interests

Research interests on the Chemistry website External link


Selection criteria

Details of the selection criteria used to assess applicants are available via the Chemistry website:


English language requirements
Research degrees

Standard level



Number of applicants
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Number of places available
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