Research course


Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a good honours degree, or equivalent, in Chemistry or in a related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS (6.5) exam or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

This course aims to to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the pharmaceuticals and fine chemical sectors, teaching, biomedical research fields, research and managerial roles in general manufacturing industry (eg. food, cosmetics, petrochemical etc).

The School has undergone an extensive revitalisation in the last few years and occupies newly refurbished laboratories with excellent facilities for research and teaching

  • Chemistry continues to attract an expanding team of researchers, as well as maintaining an extensive network of industrial contacts
  • Strong interdisciplinary collaborations support projects across traditional subject divisions; postgraduates interact across these groups
  • New facilities for synthetic and catalytic chemistry, including an advanced pressure reaction suite for catalyst development and investigation and the opening of the laboratories of the new EPSRC-funded Physical Organic Chemistry Centre
  • Extensive collaborations internationally; a number of research programmes allow placements abroad, including in Europe and America

The research carried out within the School of Chemistry is diverse and encompasses both fundamental and applied themes. Available research topics closely mirror the particular research interests of individual staff members, which fall broadly into Biological & Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Theoretical & Computational chemistries.

The School specialises in the following research areas:

Full details of the PhD Chemistry programme can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
options available months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
options available months

Course contact details

Dr. Benjamin Ward
+44(0)29 2087 0302