Cardiff University: School of Chemistry

Cardiff University
School of Chemistry

About us
At Cardiff University’s School of Chemistry, we are focused on tackling today’s most challenging and exciting scientific, environmental and societal challenges through cutting-edge teaching and research. From the sustainable manufacture of chemical products to developing new medicines and treatments for illnesses.

At the heart of our excellent reputation in modern chemical science are our international community of dedicated academics and more than 80 postdoctoral and technical staff.  Their diverse talents promote an outward-looking community that connects with chemists all over the globe attracting over 250 students every year.

We are located in Cardiff University’s iconic Main Building close to several parks, the Student Union and within walking distance of Cardiff city centre. The capital of Wales is a friendly and welcoming city with all the conveniences that a modern capital has to offer. Students and visitors enjoy our motivating environment with newly refurbished high-spec lecture theatres, laboratories and a Science Library. Take our 360 Tour to explore our facilities and School.

In 2016, we were awarded the first prestigious Regius Professorship in Wales by Her Majesty the Queen. The award recognised our long track record of exceptionally high quality research and teaching, which is driving growth and improving productivity in the UK and beyond. Professor Duncan Wass is our Regius Professor and the Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute. The institute are developing new catalytic processes with industry and championing the use of catalysis as a sustainable 21st century technology.

Our research has made international headlines due to its global impact. We collaborate with companies across the globe to achieve practical and sustainable solutions for industry. One of our recent research highlights is the landmark discovery that gold is a remarkable catalyst for the production of vinyl chloride. This has cemented our reputation as an outstanding place to explore the subject of chemistry – whether as a taught student, or a postgraduate researcher in one of our laboratories.

Postgraduate taught courses
Whether you’re continuing from undergraduate study, returning to education or changing direction completely, a master's degree in chemistry from Cardiff University can set you apart from the rest of your peers and prepare you for entry into the workforce or a related research career.

Our courses are designed to provide advanced training in aspects of theory, practical techniques and applications in the following areas of chemistry:

MSc Advanced Chemistry
Our Advanced Chemistry degree will broaden and deepen your knowledge, understanding and skills so you can contribute to the latest developments in industry, healthcare and research. The flexibility of this course allows you to either keep your studies broad, learning a variety of techniques, or specialise in a branch of chemistry that interests you.

MSc Catalysis
Catalysis has an important role in many processes, from living systems to large scale chemical manufacture. It's also central to addressing many of the grand challenges facing society, such as solving the energy crisis and protecting our environment. This course will provide training on heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis.

MSc Biological Chemistry
The chemistry of biological processes is the basis of all life on the planet. By studying aspects such as biosynthesis, retrosynthetic analysis, molecular biology and the principles of drug development, you will develop an understanding of the pathways that are core to chemical biology.

MSc Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal chemistry is the chemistry that is used in the discovery of new medicines. Although the techniques of medicinal chemistry are widely employed in the drug discovery industry, many of the same principals can be applied to other problems in the chemical and life sciences. By understanding the mechanisms of drugs action, new molecules can be developed with improved pharmacological properties and reduced side effects.

Postgraduate research courses
Our MPhil and PhD research degrees give you the freedom to investigate a vital chemistry-related topic of your choice, with in depth with guidance from experienced researchers and access to our extensive facilities.

We have MPhil and PhDs available in areas such as:

  • Catalysis
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Solid State Materials
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

We also host the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Catalysis and have at least 12 funded places available each year.

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Contact details
School Admissions Office
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4023
School of Chemistry
Cardiff University
Main Building
Park Place
CF10 3AT


Available courses
We offer four taught MSc degrees with most available on both a full-time basis and a part-time basis:














Available courses

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