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Opportunities for Postgraduate Study in the School of Chemistry

PhD studentships

A large number of fully-funded PhD Studentships are available.

Most of the funded places are earmarked for UK and EU citizens, and therefore candidates should be UK or EU citizens and hold, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 B.Sc. or MChem degree, or its European equivalent. Funded studentships cover all fees (at the UK/EU rate), and a full stipend (£13726 per year tax-free for 2014/15 starts).

Information on research projects for postgraduate study at St Andrews

Download our Chemistry PGR Leaflet (PDF, 6,671 KB) together with the current postgraduate prospectus.

Interested students should first consult staff webpages or the EaStCHEM's research strengths page for a list of themes and links to research interests pages of members of staff. You can view staff research interests by clicking on the photo of the staff member on the staff list. Many staff also maintain their own research group pages which provide more details about their research. Some current PhD projects are listed on and Also check for opportunities in our Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis  (note that applications for this are handled differently, see here).

If you wish, you may arrange an informal visit or attend a postgraduate visiting day (organised by the University or the School of Chemistry) before submitting a formal application, or you can attend one of our EaStCHEM Postgraduate Recruitment Fairs. When you are ready to apply, please see our Enquiries and Applications.

You can find out what it is like to live in St Andrews by consulting the links on our prospective students pages and the University prospective postgraduates site.

Potential PG Supervisors by Research Area

 The Chemistry/Biology Interface

Chemical Physics

Molecular synthesis

Materials Chemistry