What's it like to study a PhD in Organic Chemistry?
As an Organic Chemistry PhD student, you'll spend most of your time working in a laboratory, either carrying out original research or working towards an independent study thesis. Some research projects will have a clinical or health focus, but many are purely academic.
Possible research areas include:
- Bioprocess engineering
- Polymer chemistry
- Nano materials
- Chemical biology
- Organic materials chemistry
Some Organic Chemistry research projects have a specific focus, such as the impact of anthropogenic activity on the water cycle, or will sit within a wider area of research in chemistry.
It's likely you'll work with a supervisor or a team of researchers with a similar research focus. You'll likely have regular meetings with your supervisor to review your progress, and to consult on any changes to your project.
Most PhDs in Organic Chemistry will require you to write an 80,000-word thesis to be defended in an oral viva examination at the end of your study.