Course Overview

Research activity within the School of Chemistry involves over sixty postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers in four main research clusters:

Functional molecules and materials
This cluster involves the development of new biomaterials for innovative drug delivery systems and of new bioactive compounds as potential therapeutics for cancer and influenza.

Green Chemistry

Research in this cluster in concerned with developing the fuels and green chemistry of the future. Research in this cluster includes the Combustion Research Centre, the Biomolecular Electronics Research Laboratory and Green Chemistry.

Analytical Chemistry

This group is developing new analytical methods for applications such as as bio-pharma production.

Programmes Available

MSc, full-time and part-time

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

Advancing Medicine through Chemical Discovery:  This research involves the development of new biomaterials for innovative drug delivery systems, new magnetic materials, and of new bioactive compounds as potential therapeutics for areas such as cancer and infection.  There are strengths in biomolecular chemistry, including drug design, synthesis and chemical biology.

Green Chemistry and Energy: Research is concerned with developing the fuels and green chemistry of the future. There are projects in Combustion, Biomolecular Electronics, Energy and environmentally friendly synthesis.

Analytical Chemistry: This research is concerned with the development of new analytical methods for monitoring bio-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical production.  The School has strengths in synthesis, structure determination, theoretical and computational chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. (€15,140 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Prof. Paul Murphy
T +353 91 492 465

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