All applications for admission to the CDT must be submitted to the University of Oxford, via the University’s online graduate application form.  If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Oxford Chemistry Admissions Coordinator, Aga Borkowska.

You should specify clearly on the application form that you are applying for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (for which the course code number is RQ1). Please ensure you retain a PDF copy of your submitted application form.

There are three mechanisms for joining TMCS:

  • Apply for a specific advertised project in advance. Successful completion of the year 1 programme will be followed by this PhD project in years 2–4. If you are considering applying through this route, we recommend that you contact directly the named supervisor in advance, and ensure that you clearly state this preference in your application. If specified projects have been allocated, your application will still be considered for direct admission.
  • Apply to the TMCS programme without specifying a project for years 2–4. In this case project selection/allocation will take place part way through year one. We anticipate that the majority of applications will be by this route.
  • Apply to undertake solely the year-1 TMCS training at Oxford, before proceeding to a PhD at a University outside our consortium. For further details of this mechanism, see under Funding and Eligibility.

As part of the application process in all cases, you will need to supply a CV, academic transcripts, and three academic referees. In addition you will need to pro­vide a Statement of Purpose. This should be 1000-1500 words long, and should explain your motivation for wanting to enrol on the programme. You do not need to make a detailed research proposal, but your statement should show some understanding of potential research topics in the field.

The CDT has partnerships with a number of Oxford Colleges who have actively sought engagement with our CDT.  You are requested not to specify a choice of College in your application. Successful applicants will be allocated to Colleges by the CDT, in order to maximise the benefits of College associations.

When you have submitted your online Oxford University application, you should send an e-mail to to inform us that you have submitted your application. You should also attach to the e-mail the PDF copy of your submitted University application form.

Deadlines. You are advised to apply as soon as possible. There are three main application deadlines during the year: 17th November 2017, 19th January 2018 and 9th March 2018, although we will consider applications throughout the academic year until available places are filled. Note that we are indeed open for applications after the 9th March 2018 deadline. A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed by the CDT Leadership Team.

Mulholland group: structure of a reaction intermediate in an enzyme (hen egg white lysozyme) from modelling with combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods.

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