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We have 146 Applied Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Applied Chemistry is an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge of chemical processes and products and apply that to real-world problems. Depending on your research area, you could be looking at the application of chemistry in various fields such as environmental monitoring, forensics or healthcare.

What's it like to study a PhD in Applied Chemistry?

Whilst you're completing a PhD in Applied Chemistry you'll acquire a deep understanding of the properties of chemical species and how they react in different environments. You'll work with your supervisors and other members of the department to complete a unique research project that will have a significant impact on the field.

Possible research topics include:

  • Biological and chemical forensics
  • Chemical and biological risk assessment
  • Energy storage and recovery
  • Environmental health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Forensic analysis

Your research will be divided into defined stages called milestones that will need to be achieved before you can submit your final thesis. These milestones will be agreed upon at the start of your PhD and will form part of your research agreement.

Some PhD programmes in Applied Chemistry have pre-defined research plans, but many will accept applicants proposing their own research projects.

Most PhD programmes in Applied Chemistry will be split between your own independent research and supporting lab work.

In some cases, an Applied Chemistry PhD may involve some taught modules provided by the university. This may be the case if your research project has an attached taught module that you'll need to complete in order to graduate. However, the main focus of your study will be independent research.

You'll likely be asked to submit an academic thesis of about 80,000 words at the end of your PhD.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Applied Chemistry

In order to be considered for a PhD in Applied Chemistry, you'll need to usually have an upper second-class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject or a Masters with at least a merit rating in Chemistry or a related subject. You may occasionally be considered for a PhD if you have a lower classification with significant relevant research experience or a Masters with Merit if you also have significant research experience.

You may also be asked to show that you have the necessary language skills to complete your PhD if your native language is not English.

PhD in Applied Chemistry funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Applied Chemistry in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They provide fully funded studentships along with a monthly stipend to students doing a PhD in Applied Chemistry.

You can also apply for a self-funded PhD which means you'll need to fund your PhD through university scholarships, government loans and grants from charities and trusts.

PhD in Applied Chemistry careers

A PhD in Applied Chemistry can open up a number of career opportunities. You could go into academia and teach and research at a university or you could join the chemical industry to help develop and improve the world around us. You could also work in forensics or environmental health.

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Novel materials and processes for the abatement and degradation of organic pollutants in water

The provision of clean water is a global issue with societal, health, and economic implications. An important challenge is the removal of aromatic solvents and chlorinated compounds, which are very frequent pollutants in both industrial and rural areas, and which are highly toxic. Read more

Development of ceramic thermal and environmental barrier coatings for high temperature applications

  Research Group: Coatings and Ceramics
Ceramic coatings are vital in high-temperature applications, especially in aero-engines and the power generation industry. These coatings increase the engine’s operating temperature to improve efficiency and reduce the engine’s environmental impact. Read more

Molecular characterization of oral healthcare products effects upon bacterial biofilms

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Nottingham funded by Haleon plc. This studentship will be based in the School of Pharmacy in a collaboration with the School of Life Sciences. Read more

Innovative Spectroscopic Approaches to Water Quality Monitoring

Providing clean water to a growing global population is a huge challenge and there is now a pressing need for us to develop better methods to measure water quality, since these underpin efforts to prevent pollution and measure the success of remediation efforts. Read more

London-Singapore : Nanotechnology strategies for the assembly of 2D nanohybrid materials into static and stimuli-responsive devices

This is a 3.5-year programme with years 1 and 4 at QMUL and years 2 and 3 in Singapore at the A*STAR research institute.  Only applicants eligible for home fees or applicants who hold indefinite leave to remain will be considered for this project. Read more

Electrified and Nanoconfined Enzymes: The Electrochemical Leaf

A funded PhD studentship is available in the group of Dr Clare F Megarity at the University of Manchester, for an ambitious candidate interested in a brand-new way to study and exploit enzyme catalysis using a powerful electrochemical platform called The Electrochemical Leaf (e-Leaf). Read more

Laser Sensing for the Investigation of Sustainable and Alternative Aviation Fuels

The Centre for Applied High Resolution Spectroscopy (CAHRS), within the Centre for Microsystems and Photonics has over 20 years of experience implementing these techniques with a number of industrial and academic partners, including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, NPL, Emerson, Fraunhofer UK, LG Fuel Cells, Optosci Ltd, M Squared Lasers. Read more

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