Graduate School Overview

We promote and support high quality postgraduate training in all branches of Chemistry. We perform high quality fundamental and applied research, meeting the needs of the chemical industry, academia and commerce within the UK and elsewhere.

Overview of the Graduate School

A PhD degree in chemistry will equip you to lead research projects in academia or industry, and also opens the door to numerous other careers in the financial sector, management, patent law, government and civil service, publishing and so on.

We also offer a one year Masters by Research programme which will help you to develop invaluable transferable skills which you can apply to academic life or a variety of professions outside of academia.

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The Schools of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews form the joint research school EaStCHEM. EaStCHEM ranks second in the "Power Table" (out of 35), with Oxford's Chemistry department narrowly taking the top spot, albeit with a slightly larger research School. EaStCHEM is ranked above Cambridge's Chemistry department (3rd), University College London (5th) and Imperial College London (7th) in the Power Table.

The combined Research School is amongst the largest in the country, with: