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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.

Please read the following information and guidance to find out how the application process works and what you need to do


1.1 Find a supervisor

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.


1.2 Find Funding

Funding is an important part of doctoral research, and there are numerous ways to fund your studies.

Information on some of our funding can be found on our Funding your PhD page. Postgraduate fees and funding can be found on the main King's website. You can also search our funding database for information on funding opportunities which you may be eligible to apply to. 


2 Apply Online

For detailed information on the application procedure, please refer to the Online Prospectus. This will give you information regarding eligibility, including academic and English Language requirements.  

Your application is generic for an MPhil/PhD in Chemistry. In order to clarify your potential interests we would like you to fill out the 'Research Proposal' field. This field is merely there to give you an opportunity to indicate your preferred research area(s), e.g. biochemistry or condensed matter simulations. You may also include the name(s) of the academic(s) whom you would like to work with. By no means are you required to provide any more information in this field.

Documents you will need:

  • You will need to submit two academic references, official transcripts of your degrees outlining your programme, modules, subject grades and overall grade, a personal statement and a research proposal.
  • You must provide translations of any documents that are not in English. If English is not your first language you would be required to submit an English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Please note that you can submit your English test results after submitting your application. If you are taking an English language test at a later date, please mark this on your application. When you have received your results, please scan and upload them to the myApplication system.
  • In most cases it is possible for us to make a conditional offer to those who do not have an acceptable English language test result when they apply. If we cannot make a decision without an English test result from you, we will request this from you as part of the application process


3 Decision process 

A complete application will typically take between 4 and 8 weeks to be processed. Once a decision is made you will be emailed to log in to your online application and the decision will be in the “Application Status” box on the homepage. We are usually unable to consider applications until we have received all of the requested documents.

Before we can reach a final decision on your application we may invite you to the department for a short interview and present you the activities of the group in more details.  Applicants may be interviewed, by Skype for those not based in the UK. If this is the case, the Department will contact you to arrange a suitable time for the interview.


4 Contacts

Contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor Dr Gerd Wagner if you have any further questions.

For other enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Administrator on 

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