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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Chemistry is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by research. The project and supervisor are usually determined during the application process. The Department of Chemistry takes very seriously the provision of excellent and relevant postgraduate education, which will allow students to:

  • develop relevant transferable skills through a number of compulsory courses during the first year of their studies;
  • choose their own bespoke series of optional academic lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, directly supporting both research and broader chemistry knowledge base;
  • select from many researcher development opportunities to enhance their transferable skill-set and ultimate employability; and
  • attend careers sessions given by alumni of the Department

Applicants interested in knowing more about our training should see the Training pages on the Department of Chemistry's website.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Our Department also has numerous mentoring and tutoring support structures in place, which students may also choose to take advantage of.

Posters and Presentations

MPhil students take part in Peer-to-Peer presentations. This entails giving an oral presentation on research findings and project outline, and a chance to give and/or receive feedback from the peer group.


Informal feedback will be provided by supervisors during one-on-one supervision sessions and as part of lab or research interest group meetings.

In addition, all postgraduate students receive termly online reports written by their supervisors.


Thesis / Dissertation

The scheme of examination for the MPhil in Chemistry shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 15,000 words in length, including summary or abstract, tables and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures and diagrams, list of abbreviations, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry, submitted for examination at the end of 11 months.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis shall provide evidence to satisfy the examiners that a candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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