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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Due to the large volume of applications that the Department of Chemistry receives, we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. All applications eligible for the funding competition will be considered in a gathered field after the deadline has passed. However, some groups like to get started with interviews before this deadline to spread the workload, so we strongly advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible to maximise their chance for an interview. 

Please note that incomplete applications (those missing one or both academic references) will be seriously disadvantaged. Applicants should ensure that academic referees submit references BEFORE the funding deadline. 

The Department will be conducting interviews by a panel of at least two academic members of staff on several key dates to identify the top-ranked applicants to go forward to the University funding competition. Most of these interviews will take place in January, but some groups may also schedule interviews in December. Successful applicants will be made offers and entered for the funding competition by mid-February. You will usually receive email correspondence of this decision by the end of February. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as possible following that. 

Decisions will be made as soon as possible for applicants who are not nominated for the funding competition, but where the supervisor is considering other forms of funding outside of the University funding competition.

Applications submitted after the University funding deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, and these applicants should expect to hear whether they have been successful within six weeks of their completed application having been received.  However, we strongly advise that you contact any prospective supervisor(s) BEFORE submitting an application as many places will have already been filled by earlier applicants.


Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Experience
  • Supervisors
  • Statement of research interest

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

There is an expectation that applicants will have a good idea of the area of chemistry in which they wish to conduct research, and that they will have already identifed and made contact with the most suitable supervisor(s).  A list of Prospective MPhil Supervisors can be found on the Department Website.  It is not compulsory for applicants to have made contact with prospective supervisors before submitting their applications. However, successful applicants are often those who have made prior contact. We also advise contacting prospective supervisors if applicants are submitting after the University Funding deadline to avoid disappointment as many MPhil places will have already been filled.

Please note general unfocused applications with no suitable prospective supervisor are likely to be seriously disadvantaged or rejected.

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Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
April 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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