Working with Industry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

The Department of Chemistry at Oxford is world-leading in both its research and teaching activities. Around 400 graduate students are currently working in Oxford towards a Masters or D.Phil. in Chemistry. There are numerous opportunities to become involved with graduate and undergraduate training within the Department.


Core Graduate Programmes 

Industry-focused research projects can be undertaken by our graduate students, with various opportunities available for full and part-funding of studentships. The Department has a strong history of industrial CASE awards, involving joint-funding from companies and the Research Council. See funding opportunities for upcoming deadlines. Alternatively, please contact Dr Katherine Rooke, Research Facilitator for Chemistry, for an informal discussion.

More information about our Core Graduate Programmes can be found on the individual course pages.

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology:

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry:


Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

The Department has two new EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training, both designed in collaboration with industrial partners. There are a number of ways that you can get involved as a partner.

Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT (SBM CDT):  

Graduate students undergo a rigorous training programme in modern synthetic chemistry in Year 1, including training by industrial partners, before undertaking a full time research project towards their DPhil. Cofunded by EPSRC and a consortium of 11 companies, the SBM CDT has adopted an open-access research model.

For more information or to meet the SBM CDT team please contact Dr Lara Venda, SBM CDT Programme Manager.


Theory and Modelling of Complex Systems CDT (TMCS CDT):

An EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training whose aim is to transform PhD training in theoretical and computational chemistry, and to deliver the research leaders of the future required by both academia and industry. Our students will receive integrated, in-depth training in the core activities of fundamental theory, software development, and application to contemporary research challenges.

For more information on TMCS CDT please contact Ms Leema Erben, TMCS Programme Administrator.


Innovative Training Networks (ITNs)

Two EU funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, coordinated by Oxford academics, provide 3-year first-class doctoral training and mobility of researchers. Industrial partners are involved to strengthen the technical support to advance science and maximise the range of interdisciplinary skills each researcher can gain.


Directed Structure at the Meso-scale:

DiStruc is an ITN whose primary focus is to provide integrated training to 15 ESRs in the field of soft condensed matter (experiments, theory and simulations on colloidal rods). It brings together partners from different European countries, including Universities, Research Institutions and Industries. The ratio of academic to industrial nodes constitutes an ideal balance of expertise and background that will enable the highly needed transfer of experience and knowledge between sectors.

For more information on DiStruc please contact Dr Pavlina Schmitz, DiStruc Project Manager.



Late Stage Fluorination and its Applications to Drug Discovery (FLUDD):

FLUDD is a European Industrial Doctoral training program in the field of late stage fluorination providing a comprehensive intersectional training program around an integrated public-private partnership by open exchange of information, know how and expertise.  It aims to develop a long lasting collaborative network between Oxford and 6 partner organisations.

For more information on FLUDD please contact Dr Manuja Kaluarachchi, FLUDD Project Manager.

Lecture Series

Industrial collaborators are able to provide dedicated training via other routes, such as lecture series and mini-symposiums.

Recruitment Events

The Department provides a high-quality training and career development environment, illustrated by the impact that our recent graduates demonstrate in science, the workplace and society.

From a sample of 160 recent chemistry DPhil graduates, ~30% went directly into research and development in industry. Recruitment sessions held by our industry partners have proved successful in the past. Typically these involve a company presentation, followed by a reception for interested undergraduates and postgraduates. If you would like to hold a recruitment event in the Department contact us.

More information

For information about industry focused research projects please visit Collaborations; if you would like to sponsor awards for outstanding academic achievement, please visit Sponsorship.


For an informal discussion please contact Dr Katherine Rooke, Senior Research Facilitator for Chemistry.