4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life, creating new developments in areas from drug discovery to transitional metal chemistry.
You’ll be part of a vibrant world-leading research community. Inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical or medicinal chemistry – we welcome projects falling within our wide range of research interests.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Chemistry faculty
Dr Alaa Abdul-Sada
Mass Spectrometry Academic Research Facility Manager
Prof Mark Bagley
Professor of Organic Chemistry
Research interests: Ageing, Arthritis, Biomarkers, Drug discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Metabolomics, Structural genomics
Prof Wendy Brown
Professor Of Physical Chemistry
Research interests: Astrochemistry, Infrared spectroscopy, Physical chemistry, Surface Science, TPD
Dr Qiao Chen
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Research interests: Catalysis and surfaces, Coatings for Energy applications, Photocatalysis, Solar Cells (Photovoltaics)
Prof Geoff Cloke
Professor of Chemistry
Research interests: Actinide complexes, Lanthanide complexes, Organometallic Catalysis, Organometallic complexes of transition metals, Organometallic syntheses, Political geography
Dr Hazel Cox
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Research interests: Chemical Physics, Computational chemistry, computational inorganic chemistry, quantum chemistry
Dr Ian Crossley
Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry
Research interests: Alkynes, Chemical synthesis, Inorganic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Organometallic complexes of transition metals, Phosphorus Chemistry
Dr Iain Day
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry & NMR Spectoscopy
Research interests: Aggregation, Chemical Data Analysis, Inverse Problems, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Physical chemistry, Structure elucidation
Dr George Kostakis
Senior Lecturer In Physical/Inorganic Chemistry
Research interests: 3d/4f, Bimetallic Catalysts, Coordination chemistry, Coordination Clusters, Coordination Polymers, Polynuclear Inorganic Clusters Topology, Topology
Prof Anthony Mccaffery
Research interests: Chemistry
Prof John Nixon
Research interests: Chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, NMR Spectroscopy, Organometallic chemistry, Phosphorus Chemistry
Prof Ali Nokhodchi
Professor of Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery
Research interests: Drug Formulation and Delivery, Drug nanoparticles, Dry Powder Inhalation, Microparticles for drugs, Particle Engineering, Transdermal Delivery
Dr Mark Osborne
Senior Lecturer In Chemistry
Research interests: Laser Spectroscopy
Prof John Spencer
Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry
Research interests: Chemical probes, Medicinal Chemistry, microwave chemistry, Parallel Synthesis, Supramolecular chemistry
Dr John Turner
Reader in Inorganic Physical Chemistry
Research interests: Photocatalysis
Dr Alfredo Vargas
Senior Lecturer In Physical Chemistry
Research interests: Physical chemistry
- Sussex Drug Discovery Centre faculty
Prof John Atack
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Drug discovery, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Schizophrenia
Prof Simon Ward
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Research interests: Allosteric, Alzheimer's Disease, Biomarkers, Cancer (Human disease), Chemoinformatics, Cognition, Drug Design, Drug discovery, Inhibitors, Ion channels, Medicinal Chemistry, Neurodegeneration, Neuroscience (Human disease), Schizophrenia, Structural biology
An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in chemistry or a related discipline.
If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £18,750 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.