How to Apply

Please read all the the instructions carefully before starting your application. You should pay particular attention to the instructions concerning the submission of your standardised CV and contextual information, statement of purpose, and anonymised letters of support from referees.

A key aspect of the DPhil in Chemistry in Cells is to maximise diversity and inclusion throughout recruitment. Following submission of your application files, to avoid unconscious bias during shortlisting we will be anonymising applications using a standard format for the CV and statement of purpose, taking into consideration socio-economic data as part of the shortlisting and decision-making process, and taking positive action to address the under-representation of Black-British students in STEM subjects at doctoral level in the shortlisting of applications of interview.

This means that all references to your name and your gender pronouns (she/he/they/ze) will be removed in anything used by the academic assessors to assess your application during the shortlisting procedure. The people assessing your application will, therefore, have no idea of your cultural background, gender, from your name or pronouns at the academic shortlisting stage.

The reason for using anonymised applications is because research has shown that information inferred from your name can lead to bias in the shortlisting process.

We request that you assist in the anonymisation of applications by carefully reading the instructions set out on the How to Apply page using the button below, to ensure that you:

  • anonymise your CV and statement of purpose when you submit your application; and
  • ask your referees to anonymise their letters of reference in relation to your name and gender pronouns.

The set of documents you should send with your application to this course comprises the following:

  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Standardised CV: instructions and link to the standardised CV form accessed via How to Apply button below
  • Contextual statement: instructions and link to the contextual statement form accessed via How to Apply button below
  • Statement of purpose: maximum 1000 words
  • References/letters of recommendation: three overall, of which at least one must be academic. Referees should anonymise their references

Click on the How to Apply button below for further information on the application process and requirements

We will be carrying out interviews in a multiple mini interview format

Pilot assessment procedure to address conscious and unconscious bias

Chemistry in Cells is one of five courses taking part in a pilot on the assessment procedure of graduate applications to address conscious and unconscious bias for entry in the 2022-23 academic year.

It is our firm view that science is best done by a diverse inclusive team, in which all members are valued, and in a supportive and positive research culture. Our philosophy is that embracing and supporting diversity in all forms will lead to a collaborative research culture in which science and scientists can flourish.