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Why study postgraduate chemistry?

At St Andrews we offer PhD and MPhil degrees obtained by research on an agreed project of appropriate originality. Research is carried out under the supervision of a chosen member of staff. These degrees also include elements of skills development and course work.

Research quality

The School of Chemistry is recognised as one of the leading chemistry research institutions in the UK and is consistently ranked inside the top 10 UK chemistry departments. This was reflected by our excellent standing in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of St Andrews was rated among the best Universities in the UK after Cambridge and Oxford by the Guardian University Guide (2014). It is also one of the top 100 universities in the world, according to a recent international league table.

The latest Sunday Times University Guide ranks St Andrews top in Scotland. The university has also been crowned University of the Year twice, and has recently been named Scottish university of the year 2014

Support and facilities

As part of EaStCHEM, St Andrews runs an exciting and challenging graduate school, which provides high quality support and opportunities for graduate research across all areas of chemistry, as well as training students for their working life. Graduates have access to state-of-the-art facilities within Chemistry and in the associated interdisciplinary research centres. Support is available for UK, EU and international students; we typically have places for around 100 PhD students per year.

Students are given the opportunity to develop a variety of skills in chemistry and transferable skills in other areas, which include oral presentation skills, paper and report writing, leadership, and team working. Our postgraduates learn practical research skills and interact with business and other researchers.