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Graduate Admissions

In view of the COVID-19 public health emergency we may need to make changes to the course details outlined on these pages. Offers holders will be notified of changes. Please see this page for further information.

Course closed:

Chemistry is no longer accepting new applications.


The Department of Chemistry takes very seriously the provision of excellent and relevant graduate education, which will allow students to:

  • choose their own bespoke series of optional academic lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, directly supporting both research and broader chemistry knowledge base;
  • select from many researcher development opportunities to enhance their transferable skill-set and ultimate employability; and
  • attend careers sessions given by alumni of the Department.

The MPhil involves minimal formal teaching, with students principally engaged with their research project and associated activities. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities by fellow students and members of staff. However, most research training is provided within the research group structure and all students are assigned a research supervisor.

Students interested in knowing more about our training should see the Training pages on our website.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Our Department also has numerous mentoring and tutoring support structures in place, which students may also choose to take advantage of.


Informal feedback will be provided by supervisors during one-to-one supervision sessions and as part of lab or research interest group meetings.

In addition, all graduate students receive termly online reports written by their supervisors.



The scheme of examination for the MPhil in Chemistry shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 15,000 words in length, including summary or abstract, tables and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures and diagrams, list of abbreviations, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry, submitted for examination at the end of 11 months.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis shall provide evidence to satisfy the examiners that a candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.

Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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