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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis

The EPSRC CDT in Chemical Synthesis is a well-established research centre based in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

Studentships in Synthetic Chemistry

The EPSRC CDT in Chemical Synthesis is a well-established research centre based in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. Our alternative to the traditional PhD will:

  • enhance your research skills through our unique initial training period
  • enable you to choose your own PhD project
  • encourage you to explore areas outside your comfort zone
  • foster a teamwork ethos through cohort-driven research
  • build personal confidence
  • increase your employability by building on your transferable skills
  • create links with industry whilst working on real-world problems
  • allow you to interact with international renowned research groups

We are seeking applications from students covering the whole breadth of the Synthetic Chemistry discipline. Our research is organised into themes, and we encourage applications from students whose interests lie within these:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules
  • Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials
  • Development of expedient new synthetic methodologies
  • Chemistry, synthesis and activity of natural products
  • Cleaner synthesis

Studentships are four years in duration and cover fees and maintenance. Applications are welcomed from students with or expecting to gain a first or upper-second class honours MSci / MChem (or equivalent).

Jessica Hall, 2014 Cohort

"The department has a lot of the state of the art facilities you will need when carrying out your PhD. It is very well equipped."

Stephen Hill, 2013 Cohort

"The support on an admin and scientific level has been awesome, but I should also highlight the excellent pastoral side of the CDT."

Kelly Butterfield, 2012 Cohort

"I chose this programme because of the skills training offered. This gives me a greater range of transferable skills when I come to look for a job."

Dan O'Flynn, 2013 Cohort

"The lab rotations were a great part of the programme as they allowed me to work on three very different projects and meet a lot of new people whilst familiarising myself with a totally new environment and university."


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