Cardiff University Chemistry

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Cardiff University Chemistry

Our internationally recognised research and education is focused on tackling the important scientific challenges of the 21st century.

We provide an outstanding and stimulating environment for chemical research and education. Our excellent reputation in modern chemical science attracts over 250 students from around the world every year:

  • 180+ students to undergraduate MChem and BSc programmes
  • 30 students to MSc programmes
  • 45 to postgraduate research

Research and teaching is led by a dedicated team of academic staff with support from more than 80 postdoctoral and other staff. Our staff also engage in a range of community programmes, involving schools outreach, public awareness and encouraging young learners.


Our collaborations with international companies help our research achieve global impact and create industrial opportunities for our students.

  • In the REF 2014 research assessment exercise we were ranked 9th in the UK and all of our research output was rated at least internationally recognised, with more than 95% ranked internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • In 2012, 89% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation, and this high proportion has continued in recent years.
  • In 2016, the School was awarded the first prestigious Regius Professorship in Wales by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition for a long track record of exceptionally high quality research and teaching and its role in driving growth and improving productivity in the UK. Our Regius Professor is Professor Graham Hutchings, Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.


With an investment of over £14 million in recent years, our extensive facilities enable research in all branches of core and interdisciplinary chemistry.

We are home to the recently established Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI), a University-supported initiative to establish an internationally leading centre of excellence for catalysis within the UK.

Our laboratory spaces have also been recently renovated to create a thriving research atmosphere for major new initiatives in Chemical Biology, Structural Chemistry, Nanoscience, Catalysis, Physical and Organic Chemistry.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities.

Our aim is to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equal opportunities for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds.

We are proud to hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and we continually strive to ensure gender equality.


Our courses are designed to help you achieve your maximum potential.

We combine excellent teaching, facilities and support to remove barriers from learning. Each course is spread over two semesters and follows a modular format which includes elements of practical work, workshops and tutorials.

All of our Undergraduate Degree programs are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Students in Chemistry Laboratory

BSc Chemistry courses

These courses offer a broad coverage of chemistry, providing the foundation for pursuing a career in chemistry or related discipline.

Student in CDT Laboratory

MChem Chemistry courses

These courses offer a more detailed knowledge and thorough experience of the subject, required for pursuing a professional career in chemistry.

For the first two years, there are commonalities between taught material in our MChem and BSc degrees, offering the maximum opportunity to move between schemes (subject to academic performance).

Both schemes offer the opportunity of a year in industry and the MChem scheme additionally offers the chance to spend a year in an overseas university research laboratory.

Postgraduate taught Masters

Our Masters courses are designed to provide training in state-of-the-art aspects of theory, practical techniques and applications.

Course content is recommended for graduates in chemistry and relevant chemistry-based disciplines, wishing to pursue a career in academia or industry. Courses are divided into two parts:

  • Part I – focus on developing theoretical and practical skills
  • Part II – focus on a significant research project

Available MSc courses


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.

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, this course will develop an understanding of the pathways that are core to chemical biology.

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