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The University of Oxford

Inorganic Chemistry

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Rank: 7 (UKEAS)

Location: University of Oxford


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/10/01

Duration: 36 months

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via is a research degree leading to the award of a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry. Inorganic chemistry research at the University of Oxford covers the entire spectrum of the discipline, with subject areas including:

  • Synthetic solid-state chemistry
  • Electronic properties of solids
  • Computational materials chemistry
  • Order and disorder in functional materials
  • X-ray crystallography
  • Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • Synthetic main-group chemistry
  • Synthetic organometallic chemistry
  • Coordination chemistry of the f elements
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Energy materials chemistry
  • Functional molecular interfaces
  • Computational inorganic chemistry
  • Chemical biology
  • Design of anti-cancer drugs
  • Genetic modification of iron haem enzymes
  • Protein dynamics
  • Electron spin resonance spectroscopy
  • Magnetic field effects
The major focus of the course is the research project, and a typical week will therefore be devoted mostly to lab work (in its broadest definition), supplemented by literature surveys, preparation of reports and group meetings. During the first year, in addition to starting work on your research, you will be encouraged to follow training courses chosen from the vast number offered by the department and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division Graduate School, and it is recommended that you attend at least three of these. The department also hosts a variety of seminar series, some of which feature invited speakers from around the world.


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