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Synthetic Chemistry PhD Research Projects for Self-funded Students

We have 237 Synthetic Chemistry PhD Research Projects for Self-funded Students

If your passion is in the development of new chemical structures, you could be working on cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic chemistry. Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry involve developing and testing new materials and chemicals, often in collaboration with other departments.

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

As a graduate student, you'll be working towards an independent thesis that will make a significant contribution to the field of Synthetic Chemistry. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing and reviewing sections of your thesis, and attending supervisory meetings.

Possible research areas include:

  • Organic synthesis
  • Molecular design and synthesis
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Energy materials

You may also be asked to take modules in areas such as scientific writing, research methods, and laboratory skills, which are taught through attached research centres and departments.

Most PhDs in Synthetic Chemistry last three years. However, it is possible to transfer to a Research Masters at the end of your first year, which will result in an award of MPhil.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. A Masters may be required, though this is sometimes optional.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry funding options

You can apply for a research council studentship which covers the cost of your tuition fee and a living cost allowance. You may also be able to apply for a government loan. It is worth checking with your prospective supervisor about funding options before you apply.

PhD in Synthetic Chemistry careers

Expertise in chemistry and chemical engineering makes it easy to find a job in research, pharmaceuticals, forensics or academia. You could also use your skills and knowledge to work in the chemical industry.

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Development of a DNA amplification-free assay for pathogen detection

Applications are invited for a funded PhD position in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The School of Chemistry is keen to achieve a gender and diversity balance across the School and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Read more

Developing the next generation of broad-spectrum antiviral polymers

Applications are invited for a funded PhD position in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The School of Chemistry is keen to achieve a gender and diversity balance across the School and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Read more

Enantioselective Cobalt-Catalysed Skeletal Rearrangements

Research in the Johnston group broadly focuses on the development of new catalytic reactions for (i) the streamlined synthesis of known small molecules or (ii) unprecedented access to novel building blocks, with potential applications in drug discovery and agrochemistry. Read more

Reaction Monitoring and Structural Characterisation of Coordination Driven Self-Assembled Systems by Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry

Can you envisage a world where building a new catalyst or an artificial enzyme is like following an architectural plan for building a house? This is difficult as we don't even fully understand the construction materials! We research the properties of molecular building-blocks and their "constructed" aggregates, towards drawing up these type of blueprints. Read more

Molecular switches

Research activities in Kilian group are centred on the design and synthesis of novel organophosphorus and heavier Group 15 (As, Sb, Bi) organoelement compounds. Read more

Developing Electrically-switchable Glazing for Electric Vehicles

Project description. Lancaster University and Jaguar Land Rover are pleased to offer a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD position focused on the development of electrically-switchable glazing for electric vehicles. Read more

PhD Studentship in Synthetic Chemistry: Controlled Molecular-Level Motion

The controlled motion displayed by nature’s molecular machines underpins many biological processes and the design and development of fully synthetic systems which mimic such controlled molecular-level motion is an exciting challenge.  . Read more

EPSRC DTP PhD project: A biomolecular toolkit for visualising and quantifying RNA-protein interactions in zebrafish

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing on 30 September 2024 under the supervision of Dr Nikolas Nikolaou in the Department of Life Sciences with co-supervison from Prof Sofia Pascu (Chemistry) and Dr Ian Eggleston (Life Sciences). Read more

EPSRC DTP PhD Project: Organic synthesis meets chemical biology: design of spirocyclic peptides to tackle antibiotic resistance

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing on 30 September 2024 under the supervision of Dr Scott Lovell in the Department of Life Sciences with co-supervision from Dr Alex Cresswell (Chemistry) and Dr Maisem Laabei (Life Sciences). Read more

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