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Postgraduate PhD

Chemistry

Conduct cutting-edge research and gain expertise in a wide range of areas. Our School's main research interests focus on materials for energy and electronics, and supramolecular, interfacial and synthetic chemistry.

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Overview

Our research degrees are based around laboratory and computational research projects. PhD study involves a 3-4 year research project on a full-time basis, or 5-6 years part-time. In all our research degrees you undertake a single, focused, research project from day one, and attend components of our transferable skills modules. You are supervised by a team which comprises your main supervisor(s) as well as supervisory chairs that give independent advice on progression.

Reasons to study Chemistry at Kent

  • Research within Chemistry at Kent focuses on Materials for Energy and Electronics and Supramolecular Interfacial and Synthetic Chemistry.
  • More than 92% of our research outputs and 100% of our research impact was considered to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Our academic staff are leading experts in chemistry, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision. Find out about the staff who are open to supervising research students, together with their research interests.

Funded PhD studentships

The School’s latest PhD opportunities are announced throughout the year and can be found on the FindAPhD website or through the University of Kent scholarship finder.

Self-funded applicants

If you have private or other funding you are welcome to apply for a PhD at any time, provided that your research interests are in line with the interests and capabilities of one of our research groups. In order to apply, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Identify an academic member of staff who you would like to act as a potential supervisor
  • Contact the potential supervisor directly by email to discuss the possibility of undertaking a PhD under their supervision. Please outline your interest in the research, supply a CV including details of all relevant experience and details of how you will fund your study.
  • Make an online application to study (click 'Apply now').

Your future

All of our Chemistry programmes equip you with the tools you need to conduct research, solve problems, communicate effectively and transfer skills to the workplace, which means our graduates are always in high demand. Our links with industry not only provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience during your degree, but also equip you with the general and specialist skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Typical employment destinations for graduates from the physics programmes include power companies, aerospace, defence, optoelectronics and medical industries. Typical employment destinations for graduates from our forensic science and chemistry programmes include government agencies, consultancies, emergency services, laboratories, research or academia.

Alumni profile

Fatma Salahioglu graduated from Kent with a PhD in Chemistry. She now works as a Research Scientist for the Institute of Chemical & Engineering Sciences (ICES) in Singapore. Read the full profile.

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Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Additional research fees

Please note that, due to the technical requirements of certain laboratory-based research projects, some projects incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements.

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

Scholarships

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

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Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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