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PhD opportunities

Four Nobel Prize winners have come through the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemistry, and in the last Research Excellence Framework, 98% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Students come from all over the world to study for their PhD under the supervision of our dedicated staff.

We're currently home to around 150 PhD students, who are based in one of our four research clusters. These clusters span chemical biology, polymers, materials and surface chemistry, spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry and synthetic chemistry. They each offer a wide variety of PhD opportunities for talented chemists.

On these webpages you can find out about current PhD opportunities in Chemistry, how to get in touch if you have your own idea for a project, and what funding opportunities are available to you.


On the page below, you can find details of PhD projects that are currently available in Chemistry.



There are a number of different ways to fund your PhD. See what options are available to you:

Funding your PhD


Once you have found a project, find out how to apply and view our entry requirements.

How to apply


If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact our student recruitment and admissions team.

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 9500

Post: Department of Chemistry, The University of Sheffield, Dainton Building, Western Bank, Sheffield, S3 7HF, United Kingdom

About our research

As one of the biggest departments in the University of Sheffield, our research features regularly on the front covers of top international chemistry journals.

Find out about our four interdisciplinary research clusters and meet the staff behind them: Research