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The School of Chemistry in Edinburgh appoints approximately 50 PhD students each year. These studentships span a range of research areas, and are funded by Research Councils, Industry and by charitable endowments. Different eligibilities, deadlines and selection procedures apply depending on the source of funding as outlined below. Appointments to PhD studentships can only be made by formal application through the EUCLID Postgraduate Admissions web page.

Studentships via School of Chemistry

These types of studentships cover all fees and a living expenses stipend for eligible students. Early contact with the potential PhD supervisor is encouraged to verify eligibility before submitting a formal application. Please note that in the majority of cases, eligibility for these studentships is restricted to UK or EU nationals.

Studentships via Centres for Doctoral Training

The School of Chemistry is both leading, and involved in, many Centres for Doctoral Training, funded by the UK research councils, industry and the UK Government. Applications for these PhD studentships often require the support of a PhD supervisor who is partnered with a particular Training Centre. Please note that in the majority of cases, eligibility is restricted to UK or EU nationals, and annual application deadlines apply.

Prize PhD Scholarships

We offer a number of prize scholarships to applicants of outstanding merit, including UK, EU and overseas applicants. Annual deadlines apply, and all applications require the support of a specific potential PhD supervisor. Early application is encouraged in all cases.

Self-funded PhD Studentships

Occasionally, students who have obtained a qualifying degree with an upper 2nd class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) may wish to self-fund their PhD studies. Subject to a successful interview with a potential supervisor, applicants are required to demonstrate the ability to cover the costs of 3 years of postgraduate tuition fees at the appropriate home/EU or overseas rate, and be able to support themselves financially throughout the 3-year duration of the PhD. Additional bench fees may apply depending on the research project and group being applied for.

International students requiring visas will also need to demonstrate complete financial independence to the UK Border Agency. Candidates enrolled on full-time PhD programmes are not permitted to seek outside work alongside their PhD. All applicants eligible to pay overseas tuition fees are encouraged to apply for Tercentenary Scholarships, while graduates of the University of Edinburgh are eligible to apply for a tuition fee discount.

Applicants who wish to explore this possibility should contact a potential supervisor clearly stating their intention to self-fund. In some cases, partial funding from a supervisor or Scholarship scheme may be available.

More Information

If you do not see a project here that interests you, please complete the online enquiry form to find out about forthcoming opportunities or request a visit to meet prospective supervisors. We offer a number of prize scholarships to applicants of outstanding merit.