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Full-time | King's Campus | 36 months | MAY-19, JUN-19, JUL-19, AUG-19, SEP-19, OCT-19, NOV-19, DEC-19, JAN-20, APR-20, MAY-20, JUN-20, JUL-20, AUG-20
  • Full-time | King's Campus | 36 months | MAY-19, JUN-19, JUL-19, AUG-19, SEP-19, OCT-19, NOV-19, DEC-19, JAN-20, APR-20, MAY-20, JUN-20, JUL-20, AUG-20
  • Part-time | King's Campus | 60 months | MAY-19, JUN-19, JUL-19, AUG-19, SEP-19, OCT-19, NOV-19, DEC-19, JAN-20, FEB-20, MAR-20, APR-20, MAY-20, JUN-20, JUL-20, AUG-20, SEP-20

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  • Subject Ranking


    10 (Chemistry)
  • Research Quality

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    / 4.00
  • Research Intensity

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    / 1.00
  • Qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy

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  • Start date

    MAY-19, JUN-19, JUL-19, AUG-19, SEP-19, OCT-19, NOV-19, DEC-19, JAN-20, APR-20, MAY-20, JUN-20, JUL-20, AUG-20

Course Summary

The Research area is organised into 2 broad themes: bimolecular chemistry (covering medicinal chemistry, bio discovery, environmental chemistry and speciation and biomaterials) and materials chemistry (covering biomaterials, catalysis and photo catalysis, functional materials, and construction materials and remediation); these 2 themes are not exclusive; staff work in both themes, and both are supported by activities in computational chemistry. The nature of our research creates good industrial contacts with many job opportunities; many of our PhD graduates move on to industrial posts in the UK and abroad.

Aberdeen provides historic excellence in chemistry as Professor Soddy was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1921 for work on radioactivity and isotopes and Richard Synge was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1952 for the invention of partition chromatography. Chemistry is 1st in Scotland for research impact (REF 2014) and 80% of research is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent.’ Research is divided into two broad themes:

Bimolecular Chemistry: Medicinal Chemistry, Biodiversity, Trade Element Speciation Laboratory, and Biomaterials Materials Chemistry: Biomaterials, Catalysis and Phot catalysis, Functional Materials, Construction Materials and Remediation

The Department of Chemistry offers international collaborations, networks and projects, a Trace Element Speciation Laboratory, Biodiversity Centre, and mass spectrometric facilities. It further offers X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy drawing on significant innovations from the medical imaging area, crystal diffraction facilities and catalysis.

The Postgraduate Research School offers you training in ethics and other essentials. You learn to present to different markets and you have various engagement opportunities to present research in different formats.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 in the ‘pursuit of truth’ to provide progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the universities of Paris and Bologna this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

You are within easy distance of Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park, trains to Inverness and on to the Highlands and major cities of Scotland. Ferries run direct from the city centre to Orkney and Shetland where world heritage sites are located and there is a large selection of European flights from Aberdeen.

There are a range of accommodation options which include catered and self-catered rooms near to the university and city centre. Both Kings College and Foresterhill campus offer you a range of eating and dietary options. You can keep fit or compete at the Aberdeen Sports Village with further outdoor activities available in the wider region. There are over 100 clubs and societies at University of Aberdeen with further events in halls and on campus to make friends and widen interests.

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The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, as well as the stunning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the cosmopolitan yet compact city and its golden beaches.


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