PhD Studentships: Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences

Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

Fully funded 4-year doctoral studentships.

Opportunities are available to join the UK's only Centre for Doctoral Training dedicated to computational and theoretical chemistry. You will receive integrated, in-depth training in the core areas of:

  • fundamental theory
  • software development
  • application to contemporary research challenges

TMCS is formed as a consortium of leading research groups from the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Southampton. Our students take a year-one training programme of unparalleled depth and breadth right across the subject, and benefit from our strong links with prospective employers across a range of sectors.

Research interests in TMCS include:

  • fundamental quantum theory, electronic structure and dynamics
  • simulation of materials, soft matter and biological systems
  • exploration of chemical reaction mechanisms and catalysis

We are seeking applicants for approximately 12 vacancies on our cohort-centred programme. All TMCS students undertake year-one study together in Oxford, followed by doctoral research in one of the three TMCS universities, or an external university.

You can apply to join TMCS in one of three ways:

  • Standard TMCS application – the research project is selected/allocated part way through year one, and will take place in Oxford, Bristol or Southampton. Please do not specify a preferred project on your application.
  • Specific-project application – progression to a pre-agreed research project in Oxford, Bristol or Southampton. Information about specific projects can be found here
  • External-student application – external students are an integral part of our cohort, and after year-one move on to doctoral projects in universities other than Oxford, Bristol and Southampton. If you would like to apply as a TMCS External Student, please ask your prospective supervisor to contact us, and specify clearly on your application your intended supervisor/university for PhD research.

Funding will be subject to normal EPSRC rules. UK and EU students will be eligible for full-fee studentships. In addition, UK students will be eligible for an annual stipend at or above £14,296 each year. A number of overseas (non-UK or EU) students may be admitted to the programme, but will be required to pay full overseas fees and costs if accepted (although some non-EPSRC funding may also be available to provide stipends for EU students).

Applicants would typically be expected to have a first class degree (or overseas equivalent) in chemistry or a closely related discipline. TMCS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in science, and we particularly welcome applications from women. Applications should be made as soon as possible, but will be considered throughout the year until the programme is full. Deadlines for upcoming recruitment rounds and much further information can be found at our website: