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Chemistry (Department of) MPhil/PhD

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Current number of academic staff: 15 academic staff and a number of affiliate academic staff across the College.

Recent publications: 

o Cytochrome P450–catalyzed L-tryptophan nitration in thaxtomin phytotoxin biosynthesis

o Dynamics of a bacterial multidrug ABC transporter in the inward- and outward-facing conformations

o Dopamine receptor D3 regulates endocytic sorting by a Prazosin-sensitive interaction with the coatomer COPI

o Stabilization of a Protein Nano-cage through the Plugging of a Protein-Protein Interfacial Water Pocket

o Preferred Conformers of Proteinogenic Glutamic Acid

Current research projects:

o Computational Chemistry/Biomolecular Simulation

o Chemical Biology/Medicinal Chemistry

o Protein Engineering and Nanomaterials

o NMR and Macromolecular Structure

o Small Biomolecules and Rotational Spectroscopy

Partner organisations:

o King's Health Partners, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts

Key information

Duration Expected to be three to four years FT. Students are encouraged to begin their research in October so as to attend the introductory courses, but students can also register at a further three registration points during the academic cycle (January, April and July).

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Chemistry



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The Department of Chemistry occupies research laboratories Britannia House on Guy’s Campus, with state-of-the art analytical and spectroscopic facilities close at hand and further analytical and synthetic facilities at the Waterloo and St Thomas’ Hospital campuses.

Chemistry research spans the Faculties of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Life Sciences & Medicine, and broadly ranges from computational and physical chemistry to chemical biology, medical imaging and materials science. Additional strengths are in analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, metallochemistry, nanoparticle chemistry and biology and drug discovery.

Chemistry is also a major component in a number of prestigious Centres based at King’s such as the Cancer Research UK/EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Wellcome/EPSRC Medical Engineering Centre, and BHF Centre of Excellence.

Course study environment

Research in the Department of Chemistry is based in Britannia House (a pharmaceutical industry grade research facility). In addition to labs equipped for synthetic chemistry, biochemistry and tissue culture, individual research groups have specialist kit (e.g. laser excitation and microwave spectroscopy) as well as access to King’s excellent core research facilities:

• Centre of Excellence for Mass Spectrometry
• Centre for Biomolecular Spectroscopy
• Nikon Imaging Centre
• NMR Facility
• Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)
• Radiochemistry facilities and medical imaging

Postgraduate students are encouraged to mix with other scientists, both fellow students and beyond, at events varying from Departmental seminars to international conferences. These offer you the chance to present and discuss your work at many levels make valuable network connections.

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.

Head of group/division

Professor Roger Morris

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office

  • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions)
  • After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk or contact the Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office (Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648)

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Chemistry Res Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree in a related subject.

  • A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Masters degree with Merit or above 

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised in Nature Jobs, findaphd.com, the King’s Health Schools Studentships website, divisional web pages and the School’s pages or on jobs.ac.uk. Students are encouraged to apply via the online portal if they are not responding to a specific advert.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the Head of Department before projects can be confirmed and commence.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Research Proposal Yes The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References  Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other  Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Course intake

No set number

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – 15th February 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • July 2019 entry - 17th May 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
  • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
  • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students
  • July 2020 entry - 15th May 2020 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year

Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees:  £22,050 per year      

Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees:  £23,400 per year      

Part time tuition fees: £11,700 per year

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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