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Organic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 145 Organic Chemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Organic Chemistry involves the study of the structure, properties, preparation and reactions of organic compounds.

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.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Organic Chemistry

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Organic Chemistry is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Biology, Chemistry or Physics, along with a Masters qualification. You may be asked to submit a research proposal as part of your application.

PhD in Organic Chemistry funding options 

In the UK, PhDs in Organic Chemistry are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Projects will usually have funding attached, meaning you'll automatically be awarded coverage of your tuition fees and living costs, along with a tax-free stipend, if you're accepted onto one.

Some students can also apply for separate funding, which is sometimes offered through the university or through a charity or trust.

PhD in Organic Chemistry careers

With expertise in organic chemistry, you could go on to do almost anything! You could work in pharmaceuticals, forensics, chemical engineering, forensics, energy or food. You could also work for the government or in academia.

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Metal-Free, Light-Mediated Decarboxylative Reactions

Project Summary. The Lee Group will relocate to University of Edinburgh from September 2024 and is recruiting a motivated PhD student to develop sustainable methodologies for light-mediated reactions. Read more

High-throughput first-principle simulations of charge transport in organic semiconductors

This project focuses on application of first-principle, fully quantum simulation methods such as Hybrid Monte-Carlo to study charge transport in a vast class of quasi-2D molecular organic semiconductors (rubrene, pentacene, and >4000 other materials). Read more

Computational identification of catalytic covalent organic frameworks

Materials like zeolites, which have internal porosity, are widely used as catalysts. By containing chemical reactions within the pores of the material catalysts can be more selective and more active than catalysts in solution. Read more

Soft & Crystalline Composite Materials: Developing Total Scattering Workflows for the Interrogation of Structure.

An exciting interdisciplinary project for an enthusiastic student to develop a broad range of expertise, combining the experimental and computationally-based characterisation of advanced composite materials. Read more

Antimicrobial dressings that use invisible light to fight wound infection

Complex wounds (e.g. leg ulcers) are a common condition that produces high levels of morbidity. With >1.6 per 1000 of the UK population affected by complex wounds at any one time, the estimated annual cost to the NHS is >£5 billion. Read more

Technologies for optogenetic neural interfacing

The ability to express light-sensitive proteins (opsins) in neurons, in a genetically-targeted fashion, has helped transform our understanding of how the brain functions. Read more

Development of anticancer agents that target molecular vulnerabilities of glioblastoma multiforme

  Research Group: Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and aggressive cancer that begins within the brain. Without treatment, the average patient survival following diagnosis is merely 3 months, while with the best available surgical and adjuvant therapies average survival can only be extended to 12-14 months. Read more

PhD Studentship in Solar Chemical Technologies

A PhD studentship is available at the University of Cambridge, starting in October 2025 under the supervision of Professor Erwin Reisner in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry. Read more

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