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Chemistry, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #222 (QS) ,
The Department of Chemistry is undergoing an exciting period of development. Our new laboratories and newly refurbished research laboratories provide an outstanding environment to conduct scientific research.

About

Our strengths are in analytical science including: the study and detection of biomarkers; in energy research such as solar energy harvesting, hydrogen generation, functional energy materials/coatings, photochemistry, and batteries and supercapacitors; and in catalytic, synthetic and flow methods to prepare new molecules for health and materials applications.

As a research student in the Department of Chemistry you will join a team of around 45 staff members and approximately 50 research students plus post-doctoral researchers and fellows. You will be encouraged to participate in conferences and provided with opportunities to present your research work.

Much of the current research is supported by Research Councils, Government Departments, Charitable Institutions and Industrial Companies.

There are four main areas of research activity: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic and biomedical chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Staff in the department are engaged in high profile research that reflects key national and international strategic imperatives.

We are located inside a modern, spacious building, which includes research laboratories and study areas for where you can gain first-hand experience of the latest techniques in analytical, environmental, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

Our research laboratories house state-of-the-art equipment with access to specialist instruments and facilities, including a world-class Mass Spectrometry Lab (orbitrap, inductively coupled plasma, and ion mobility instruments, GC-MS and LC-MS), three NMR spectrometers (2 x 400 MHz, and a 500 MHz solid-state instrument), single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, GC, HPLC and elemental analysis.

The Energy Research Lab houses electrochemistry, laser spectroscopy, photocurrent spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and advanced microwave materials synthesis/processing facilities.

Access to our facilities will allow you to gain experience of the latest techniques in research. Students will have access to research laboratories containing a full range of analytical and spectroscopic instrumentation, a worldclass mass spectrometry suite, single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, laser spectroscopy and a dedicated bio-lab. You will also have access to their own research space (desk, lab bench and fume cupboard space), and all equipment and facilities.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
       Full-time  3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description
       Part-time  6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our research groups:
  • Energy

Research is focused on innovation in the production and storage of green energy, electrochemistry and photochemistry.

  • Markers and Detection

The focus is on the discovery and application of markers of health, vitality and disease. New molecular markers provide valuable opportunities for other researchers, as well as different approaches to the management and characterisation of complex situations.

  • Catalysis and Functional Molecules

The research involves the development of new catalytic methods and reaction chemistries to develop novel functional molecules with applications in health and materials science.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area.

A good degree (usually 1st or 2:1) in chemistry or a closely related discipline.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Loughborough

  • 600 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

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