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Postgraduate Study

  • Do you want to make a real contribution to scientific research in chemistry?
  • Do you have a First or Upper Second Class degree or equivalent?
  • Are you highly motivated?
  • Do you consider that you possess qualities of initiative and independent critical ability?
If the answer to all of these questions is 'Yes', then we would be interested in receiving an application from you!

All staff in Chemistry are recruiting through Project Studentships or Departmental funding.

Three research pictures

Please have a look through our full colour Postgraduate Research brochure (1.7MB PDF download) and tell us who you are interested in working with, and in which areas of chemistry.

The School of Chemistry has an excellent reputation and is research driven with many publications in international journals. We are able to provide students with:

  • full payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU level
  • a tax free stipend of at least 38K over a minimum 36 months
  • World-class research facilities
  • Excellent training in transferable skills
  • First class academic support
Further information is available through the following links:

The School of Chemistry is an integral component of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology. Additional studentships in Chemical Biology are available to applicants with a strong chemical background: applications for our prestigious Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD scheme and many additional BBSRC studentships are administered through the Astbury Centre.

Applications Procedure

You can apply online or using the forms below.

If you wish to apply online please follow the link Only when we have received all the documents necessary to support your application will it be be reviewed.

The application form is available in Word format for you to download, print out and complete if you wish to apply. Please note we must have a paper copy of the form with your signature before we can proceed to process your application - emailed forms are not acceptable on their own.

All applications are given careful consideration on academic grounds. We can process an application more quickly if it is clearly written or typed, if all the relevant sections are accurately and fully completed and if it is accompanied by all the necessary supporting documentation. In particular we require the names of two academic referees and applications cannot receive consideration until letters of support have been received. A form which you can pass to your referees is available for download.

International students
If you are a student who would ordinarily be classed as 'international' for funding purposes, you may be interested in applying for a scholarship for your study. Full details of all scholarships is available at

English language
If English is not your first language, you will be required to produce evidence of a language qualification before registration as a postgraduate research student. The University accepts the following qualifications and scores:

  • IELTS: an overall band of 6.0 with no individual skill band below 5.5 (in the listening and reading components) and 5.0 (in speaking and writing).
  • TOEFL: a score of 220 on the computer-based version of the test (550 on the paper-based version) with a score of 4.0 on the essay rating.
  • iBT TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 83 overall with Listening 18; Reading 20; Speaking 20; Writing 21.
  • Anglia Examination Syndicate Proficiency Level Examination in English with a Pass, Credit or Distinction.

General information about postgraduate study in Chemistry at Leeds may be obtained by filling in this form

Please send your application, or direct enquiries to:

Dr Paul Seakins
Director of Postgraduate Studies
School of Chemistry
University of Leeds
Tel: (44) 113 343 6552
FAX: (44) 113 343 6563

Last modified: 10 February 2010

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