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Postgraduate taught and research courses


The Department of Chemistry provides a vibrant environment for postgraduate study. The nature of the research in the Department of Chemistry is highly cross-disciplinary and making contacts and exchanging ideas form a core part of this approach to science. Research projects may be co-supervised by staff from different Research Divisions and Departments to support collaboration and application of chemical innovation especially in medicine and biology.

A focus of the department is to realise the transformative power of chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine. We aim to advance functional biology by moving from a descriptive picture of life sciences to a quantitative understanding using chemical principles. We aspire to fabricate entirely new materials with creative fusions of chemistry and biology.

We also have active research programmes with King’s Division of Cancer Studies, working on cancer stem cells, and with King's Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, to develop therapeutic opportunities arising from our research. To this we add state-of-the-art biophysical approaches, complemented by computational and synthetic/biosynthetic methods.


Master's courses

Duration: 1 year full-time, September to September

Study MRes Interdisciplinary Chemical Research (Chemistry master's) at King's College London.

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PhD courses

Duration: 3-4 years

Chemistry MPhil / PhD from the Department of Chemistry at King's College London.

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Duration: 3.5 years

Join the Mechanics of Life Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme.

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 How to apply

The Department of Chemistry welcomes applications and research proposals in a variety of areas, and is especially interested in receiving applications from students planning their research projects in fields that will enhance the strength of the Department’s research groups.

Applicants should hold, or expect to gain, a first or upper second class degree in chemistry or a relevant related subject, and be exceptionally motivated for research.

Applications need to be submitted via the King’s College London online application portal. When applying, please select the Chemistry Research MPhil/PhD (full-time) programme and mention your intended Supervisor and their project in the 'Research Proposal' area.

Before applying for an MPhil/PhD you will need to consider a potential supervisor. Please consult the Department's academic profiles for more information on the supervisory interests of staff. Please only email one prospective supervisor at a time, sending your proposal and a summary of your academic and/or relevant professional experience.


The Department of Chemistry currently has a growing number postgraduate research students, all of whom hold studentships or grants of various types. Potential PhD students who are interested in funding opportunities should enter the relevant funding code (available on the application webpages) into the Funding section of the PhD application form to indicate that they are seeking funding. They are also encouraged to contact their chosen PhD supervisors to discuss funding opportunities once they have received an offer.

The schemes below are an example of several funding options available. Some cover both stipend (to cover living costs) and College fees, while others may cover fees only. Please note that other schemes are available to you and we do encourage you to refer to the King's postgraduate research funding webpages which provide a more comprehensive database of funding schemes and their eligibility criteria.

There may be some fully funded studentships associated with specific funded research projects. The department advertises all funded PhDs on; please check regularly for updates.

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences offers studentships in the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics. The Studentship is funded for 3.5 years, with a bursary starting at the standard research council rate, and which will cover the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees.

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium (LIDo) is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK. LIDo is an exciting collaboration between UCL, King's College London, Queen Mary, Birkbeck, Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, six of London’s world-class universities and specialist institutions. This unique consortium provides students with a remarkable opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

This is a 4-year programme, which is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research, from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo)

The Crick PhD programme, which is designed to attract the brightest scientific minds from around the world, presents a fabulous opportunity for highly motivated and exceptionally talented individuals to embark on their career in biomedical research.

The Crick

The Centre for Doctoral Studies helps secure funding for students interested in postgraduate research by providing advice on and administering a range of funding opportunities, scholarships, and studentships.

The Centre for Doctoral Studies


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