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
- 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.