Chemistry MPhil/PhD

Major code: CCPR

About us


Join us and you’ll be based in a state-of-the art environment that has a strong focus on novel interdisciplinary research. This is carried out by a set of inter-related groups specialising in:-

These groups carry out cutting-edge research in fast-moving fields such as nanotechnology and drug design. Often this involves collaboration with colleagues in other fields such as Biology, Materials Science and Physics.

As a postgraduate student you’ll be fully involved in our research activity. This will bring you into contact not only with new concepts, but also our prestigious partners, in academia, industry and research, worldwide.

School of Physical Sciences

The School of Physical Sciences brings together three internationally renowned departments - Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry and Physics - under one School, fostering collaborative work and cross-fertilizationof ideas between these synergistic areas.

Research groups

We are internationally known for our research, with 99% of our outputs ranked as internationally leading or excellent in REF2014.

Our 45 academic staff cover a broad scientific spectrum and we operate in 5 flexible research groups.

Our impact is felt on a global scale, from antimalarial drug discovery to one of the best known methods for making nanoparticles.

Few organisations can match our facilities, team and programmes if your passion lies in chemistry research.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering houses a number of Research Centres and Institutes which encourage interdisciplinary research, both between Science departments and with departments in other faculties or even universities. Each year there are opportunities for a number of postgraduate research students in each centre. Further information can be obtained by contacting the centre directly. Those Research Centres include the following which are particularly relevant to Chemistry.


The Materials Innovation Factory, due to open in 2016, is a revolutionary facility founded by the University in collaboration with Unilever to empower companies and academic teams to design and create new functional materials at the molecular level. It will pave the way for the development of innovative, high-value products to support key industrial sectors, including energy, healthcare, telecommunications and transport.

Director: Professor A I Cooper


The Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy is dedicated to exploring renewable, clean and sustainable energy technologies. Through our integrated approach, we can tap into a unique, interdisciplinary pool of research expertise, essential to developing truly innovative solutions that meet the world’s future energy demands.

Director: Professor K Durose


The Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces is a dynamic multi-disciplinary initiative to develop new processes and technologies that will tackle the detrimental impact and economic burden of microbial activity on materials, surfaces and interfaces in UK industry and the urgent societal problem of increasing microbial resistance to existing antimicrobial treatments.

Director: Professor R Raval


The Micro Bio-Refinery, established in collaboration with Unilever and AB Sugar, will identify and design the next generation of sustainable chemicals derived from the surplus sugars, fats, oils made by agricultural/forestry products/waste.

Director: Dr Jose Lopez-Sanchez


This multidisciplinary activity focuses on the application of state-of-the-art automated robotics and analytical techniques for the discovery of materials with step-change improvements in chemical and physical properties.

Director: Professor A I Cooper


This interdisciplinary centre was established in 1988 at the University of Liverpool as the UK centre of excellence and focus of activity in Surface Science. The Centre brings together people from the diverse scientific backgrounds of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Biology to research in topics at the forefront of surface science.

Director: Professor R Raval

Phillip Inglesby

I chose to study at the University of Liverpool because to its world-leading historical achievements within scientific research.

What are you studying?

Synthetic Organic Chemistry
What does that entail?

My work consists of the development of the reactions and methodologies for the construction of biologically important molecules. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of reactivity on a molecular level by utilising various technologies that we are exposed to.
What were your main reasons for choosing to undertake postgraduate study at University of Liverpool?

I chose to study at the University of Liverpool because to its world-leading historical achievements within scientific research. 
How do the facilities in the department/university help you in your research?

Being exposed to state-of-the-art facilities has become a huge advantage to the quantity and quality of research that I can perform.

What kind of support do you get from tutors/supervisors?

The ability to communicate on a daily basis to world-renowned academic supervisors within the department has improved my scientific ability.
What do you feel has been your biggest achievement so far?

My biggest achievement was the publication of my scientific research in the high-impact jounal ‘Journal of the American Chemical Society’. I was also the recipient of the first prize at the ‘2009 Lilly Organic Chemisty Postgraduate Symposium’.