Entry requirements

The course is suitable for graduates with a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent in chemistry or a related discipline e.g. chemical engineering, physics, pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry. Please include in your personal statement why you are applying for this course, with specific details such as what your future aspirations are, how your educational or professional background makes you a suitable applicant and what interests you about the course. Generic statements will not be accepted. Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Months of entry


Course content

Catalysis lies at the heart of many chemical processes, from the academic research lab through living systems to the industrial large-scale reactor. By understanding and careful use of catalysis many processes can be made faster, cleaner and more sustainable.

This course will provide training in the state-of-the-art of catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis and is recommended for graduates in chemistry or chemical engineering wishing to pursue a career in academia or industry. The course will develop students’ understanding of the science behind a range of problems arising in catalysis and for students to engage with a range of modern catalytic equipment and techniques. This course will train students in three delineated branches of catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous and biological), as well as providing the opportunity to undertake a more theoretical or computational approach to the subject. In the later part of the taught part of the programmes students can focus in the specialist area that excites them the most and then undertake a research project with one of our world leading research groups. Many of our current PhD students are graduates of the MSc in catalysis.

Special Features
  • Provides the opportunity for students to undertake a short research project applying the skills acquired through the taught modules. This project can be undertaken overseas in one of our partner institutions allowing the student to expand their range of chemistry knowledge, laboratory skills and professional network.

For more information, please visit: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p038.html.

Information for international students

Entry to courses in chemistry will be subject to the University requirements for English language.

Fees and funding

Studentships are available (for UK/EU students only) to cover tuition fees and include a maintenance stipend. For more information please see our Funding and Scholarship search.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations70
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

Dr Thomas Tatchell
+44 (0)29 2087 0759