Research course

Organic Synthesis

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Graduates with a good honours degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject. Entry to research degree courses in chemistry will be subject to the University requirements for English language.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Organic Synthesis, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study. As part of the Chemistry (PhD/MPhil) programme, students can conduct their research within this group.

This research area aims 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).

Special Features

  • The School has undergone extensive restructuring in the last few years and occupies newly refurbished laboratories with excellent facilities for research and teaching.
  • Organic 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 pressurereaction suite for catalyst development and investigation.
  • Extensive international collaborations; a number of research programmes allow placements abroad, including in Europe and America.

Further information about research within this area can be found on our website.

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44(0)29 2087 0302
+44(0)29 2087 4030