Applications and Entry Requirements

Prior to making a formal application, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact, and gain the support of a prospective supervisor whose research is aligned with the applicant's own interests.

Such prospective supervisors are likely to be able to provide up-to-date information on the availability of funding/scholarships to support your postgraduate degree.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a good honours degree (1st class or upper 2nd class) or its equivalent if outside the UK, in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.

Our International Applicants pages have details of which qualifications are acceptable for international students.

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of good written and spoken English skills. Accepted qualifications are available at the International Applicants language requirements page.

Graduate Degrees

Students may undertake full-time supervised research leading to the following degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science by Research (MSc by Research)

It is also possible to register for research degrees as an external student on a part time basis. This arrangement allows the student to carry out some of their research work in their employer's laboratories.


Please do not hesitate to contact us using the information to the right if you have any questions, or would like more information.

You can also contact us using the details below if you prefer:

The Secretary of the Graduate School University of Edinburgh Joseph Black Building David Brewster Road Edinburgh EH9 3FJ