Faculty of Science and Engineering

Chemistry research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MSc by Research MRes MPhil PhD

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About our programmes

By choosing Chemistry as a postgraduate at Hull you will be joining a vibrant and forward-thinking research community. You can study at a variety of levels, right up to PhD. You will join established research groups and find that we combine research expertise and cutting-edge facilities to deliver a unique experience. We pride ourselves on supporting our postgraduate students to make sure that you achieve your full potential. One of the University’s distinctive features is its strong research culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary working. The department and its researchers work together with, among others, biologists, clinicians, engineers (including chemical engineers), environmental scientists and, through the Hull York Medical School, with medics, on a variety of projects and initiatives.

We have some of the best-developed research links and industrial collaborations of any chemistry department in the UK – including projects with local, regional, national and global chemical companies such as: AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson-Matthey, Pfizer, Reckitt-Benckiser, Schlumberger and Unilever. The department’s research is commercially exploited in terms of patents, licensing and spin-out companies such as Chemtrix, Kingston Chemicals, Polar OLED and Sporomex. The department houses the Institute for Chemistry in Industry – a research consultancy unit for local, national and global chemical industries.


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MSc by Research 1 year 2 years
MRes 1 year
MPhil 2 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


Our academic experts welcome postgraduate research applications across a broad range of topics. If you are interested in a research project with us, please have a look at the list below for guidance about the research areas in which the department can offer supervision.

Initial inquiries should be made to the member of staff whom you would like to supervise your research.

  • Analytical sciences

  • Medicinal and imaging chemistry

  • Synthesis and catalysis

  • Materials chemistry 

"I was given the opportunity to present my research at international conferences in Portugal, Spain and Germany. My highlights were the prizes and scientific recognition I received for my presentations."

Christina Roggatz, PhD Chemistry

"The supervisors at the University of Hull are excellent, always making time for students. There are plenty of opportunities to present your work here as well as at other universities, which helps grow your professional network."

David Miller-Shakesby, PhD Chemistry, MChem Chemistry

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related discipline appropriate to your intended research.

Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, you can make a formal application.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.