Chemistry, Ph. D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This programme is for anyone who is interested in developing their research further or those who wish to follow career pathways which require research skills.


The Chemistry programme at Bangor University is for anyone who is interested in developing their research further or those who wish to follow career pathways which require research skills.

During the application process you will be asked to submit a research proposal. In order for us to assist you throughout the duration of your research degree it is important that your research interests fall into the research areas that the school is involved with. Once the research area has been selected, it is important to read some of the publications produced by the Academic supervisor.

Should you not be able to access the publication please contact us directly and will be able to send you a copy. Applicants who are already working in an academic environment will also be asked to submit their publications list and any relevant teaching experience.


3 years full-time. Please note: Students must attain a satisfactory academic level in the first year of study to be allowed to progress to the 2nd year.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Areas

Below is a list of Chemistry specialisms followed by a keyword list provided by senior academic supervisors to help you identify possible research themes. Please also see the Research Topics information.

Chemistry with specialisms in:

  • Inorganic main group chemistry
  • Porous materials
  • Inorganic heterocycles
  • Borates
  • Silicates
  • NMR
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Virtual reality
  • Computer graphics
  • Self assembled monolayers
  • Enzyme prodrug therapy
  • Biosensors
  • Sensors for tuberculosis
  • Botulinum neurotoxins
  • Bacterial fuel cells
  • Green/sustainable chemistry
  • Advanced inorganic materials chemistry
  • Bioinorganic
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Metalloproteins
  • Structure/function studies
  • Conjugated polymers
  • Functional pi-electron organic materials
  • Organic electronics
  • Light-emitting polymers
  • Green energy
  • Nanomaterial
  • Design
  • Synthesis and characterisation of pi-functional conjugated materials
  • Hydrogels
  • Biodegradable polymers
  • Tissue engineering
  • Drug delivery
  • Plant extraction for biologically active compounds
  • Environmental fate of distinct compounds in different ecosystem compartment (plant, soil, water, air)
  • Plant volatiles
  • Elemental analysis
  • Method developments for advanced chromatography

Dr Michael A. Beckett
Inorganic main group chemistry, porous materials, inorganic heterocycles, borates, silicates, NMR. Research is focussed on the synthesis, characterization and applications of main group compounds as precursors to inorganic materials. Potential applications include additives as fire retardants, fire-resistant glasses, new polymeric materials, and porous materials for H2 storage. Compounds are routinely characterised by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopic (multi-element NMR, IR) techniques. Borate/silicate research is usually undertaken in aqueous solvents in air. Solid state materials are studied by MAS NMR spectroscopy and by single-crystal XRD, powder XRD, TGA/DSC and BET analysis.

Dr Andrew Davies
Computational chemistry, virtual reality, computer graphics. One of my research interest is to model one of the fundamental interactions in nature - the hydrogen bond. We also use state of the art virtual reality based techniques to create 'feelable' molecules for educational purposes.

Dr Christopher Gwenin
We are a large international family and our research activity is centred at the electrochemical biological interface it includes but is not restricted to: self assembled monolayers, enzyme prodrug therapy, biosensors, sensors for tuberculosis, botulinum neurotoxins, bacterial fuel cells.

Dr Peter J. Holliman
Advanced inorganic materials chemistry, dye-sensitized solar cells, dye synthesis, dye uptake, low temperature sintering. Dr Holliman's current research is focused on green/sustainable chemistry; particularly low cost photovoltaic technologies such as dye sensitized solar cells. Key work areas are fast, low temperature processing and increasing device efficiencies.

Dr Martina Lahmann
Carbohydrate chemistry, glycobiology, organic synthesis, carbohydrate based vaccines, antiadhesives, H. pylori, S. pneumoniae, multivalent systems, glycoclusters, glycoconjugates. The main research interest is in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry in the wider context of glycobiology and biological chemistry. Inhibition of bacterial adhesion as an alternative approach to challenge antibiotic resistance, synthetic carbohydrate based vaccines, and biocompatible medical devices represent some possible applications. The multidisciplinary research is interlinked with a number of research groups and industrial partners.

Dr Lorrie M. Murphy
Bioinorganic, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, metalloproteins, structure/function studies. My current research programs focus on the chemistry of metals in biological systems that have clinical and environmental relevance. The emphasis of my research is on elucidating key structural features of native and mutant proteins to better understand how they relate to biological function.

Dr Igor F. Perepichka
Conjugated polymers, functional pi-electron organic materials, organic electronics, light-emitting polymers, green energy, nanomaterials, design, synthesis and characterisation of pi-functional conjugated materials (from small molecules to polymers) for potential applications in next generation electronics and green energy technologies (e.g. light-emitting devices, organic solar cells, organic transistors, sensors etc). Studies of these materials by modern physical chemical methods (e.g. absorption/photoluminescence spectroscopy, electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical methods, scanning probe microscopies etc).

Dr Hongyun Tai
Polymers, hydrogels, biodegradable polymers, tissue engineering and drug delivery. The rational designed multifunctional polymers have great potential as advanced macro-, micro- and nano- devices for wide applications, including in tissue engineering, targeted drug delivery, and sensing and imaging for diagnostics. Dr. Tai’s research interests focus on design, synthesis, engineering and formulation of functional synthetic biomacromolecules as polymeric macro/micro/nano-devices or polymeric/biopolymer hybrid systems for tissue engineering and drug delivery. She also works on the development of environmental friendly biopolymers from renewable sources and the development of light harvesting functional polymers.

Dr Vera Thoss
Plant extraction for biologically active compounds; environmental fate of distinct compounds in different ecosystem compartment (plant, soil, water, air); plant volatiles; elemental analysis; method developments for advanced chromatography (LC-MS and LC-NMR).

Dr John Thomas
Research in my group is focused on: new routes to high quality nanocrystalline thin films, charge transport in nanostructured films and devices, materials for energy generation and nanoscopic magnets. The challenges are addressed using soft synthetic schemes frequently relying on the power of fluid interfaces to deposit and assemble new forms of materials. Inspiration is drawn from the ubiquitous role of interfaces in natural processes. Semiconductors featuring earth abundant elements with a potential to replace the ones in use at present are being explored. More detailed information about the research interests of our Academic members of staff can be found on our staff pages.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A first or an upper second-class honours degree is required.
  • The minimum IELTS requirements are a 6.5 in the writing element and a 6.5 in the reading with no other element below 6.0.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International
  • Includes £2,000 bench fees


EPSRC/UK funding bodies; British and Commonwealth Councils

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