“During my undergraduate study I built up a strong interest in physical and surface chemistry. After completing my MChem degree in University of Leeds, I chose to do my PhD here in St Andrews because of its world-leading research work in surface chemistry. Every one of the academic and technical staff in the School has been very friendly and helpful. Also, after a week’s work, it is always nice to enjoy some time with friends on a golf course or cycling along the beautiful coastline.”
ZHE China Current PhD Chemistry student
In Chemical Biology,we have particular strength in the areas of bioactive molecule synthesis, organofluorine chemistry, the elucidation of enzyme mechanism and protein interactions, protein structure determination, drug design and synthesis and combinatorial methods of organic synthesis.
Surface Science involves the characterisation of surfaces and interfaces at the atomic/ molecular level and focuses on heterogeneous catalysis including enantioselective reactions, functionalisation and patterning of surfaces aswell as two-dimensional nanostructures using concepts based on molecular self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry and electrochemistry.
Theoretical Chemical Physics covers a diversity of areas in computational chemistry including the development of methods and calculations of spectroscopic properties of materials, properties of biological molecules aswell as catalytic reactions.
Postgraduate Degree Structure PhD and MPhil degrees are obtained by research on an agreed project of appropriate originality carried out under the supervision of a chosen member of staff. The emphasis here is on individual instruction and training for independent investigation. You are required to sustain interest in fields outside your particular research areas by attending lectures on advanced topics within the School or in other Schools in the University throughout the academic year, and will also be required to present seminars on your own research at regular intervals. You will also submit reports on your research according to an established timetable. The report at the end of the first year, together with an oral examination, is used as an assessment to recommend continuation of the PhD programme.
You may elect to study for either a PhD or an MPhil degree. Both require the submission and oral examination of a thesis reporting the results of originalwork. A minimum of twelve months’ full-time research is required for the MPhil qualification. The usual period for a PhD degree is now three and half years, and almost all our studentship grants provide full funding for that period. In certain circumstances these degrees can be obtained by part-time study. If you wish to obtain further details of the academic requirements and regulations, or have a query about your present qualifications you should email the Chemistry Postgraduate Admissions Officer who will deal with your question on a personal basis (details on back cover).
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