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Join us for a MPhil

The MPhil in Chemistry is an intensive one-year research programme designed to prepare students for a career in the chemical sciences. You will conduct a substantial research project within the Scherman Group and produce a 15,000-word thesis at the end of your project which will be examined by formal viva. 

Many students choose this MPhil programme as an access route for PhD study within the Scherman Group or elsewhere. Others head off into the industrial sector, having gained solid expertise in laboratory and practical skills. The departmental chemistry education programme, including lectures and researcher development workshops, is open to all MPhil students, along with career development advice and mentoring.

Please read the departmental webpages for more information on the MPhil Programme.

General information

  • MPhil students typically start in October (Michaelmas Term).

  • To be eligible for Departmental Scholarships formal applications must be received by the Department before the start of December (note: this includes references).

  • We encourage applicants to contact us by mid November if they wish to apply for a funded MPhil commencing the following October by emailing oas23@cam.ac.uk and using "MPhil application Michaelmas 2024" in the subject line.  

  • MPhil applicants should have (or be about to receive) a Bachelor's Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Chemistry, or another relevant discipline. If you have queries regarding your eligability, please be in touch.

  • Please note that funding for MPhil applications is somewhat limited and therefore extremely competitive.

  • Please contact us before submitting your application on the applicant portal.

Important Dates for MPhil Applicants (Michaelmas 2024 entry):

  • 4th September 2023 | University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions Applicant Portal open

  • 5th December 2023 | Application deadline for all those seeking funding from the University or Department of Chemistry.  

  • 31st January 2024 | Application deadline for MPhil students for Michaelmas 2024  admission

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