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UCAS Open Days

Cardiff University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission. The University aims to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equality of opportunity for applicants of all ages, ethnicities, disabilities, family structures, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, races, religious or other beliefs, and socio-economic backgrounds. This commitment forms part of the Equality and Diversity Policy.

The opportunity to visit the Universities you have applied to is an important one, not only from an academic perspective but also a personal/social one. Excelling in a particular subject at University is dependent on many factors so it is important that you take the opportunity to ensure that the chosen course and University is right for you.

The School of Chemistry has twelve visit days scheduled over the November-March period. All attending applicants will undergo an informal interview that forms part of the assessment of suitability to the course. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer open day sessions on the weekend.

As part of the UCAS Open Day visit, you will be taken on a tour of the School, learn more detail about the structure and content of the degrees we offer and meet several members of staff and current students. The informal interview with a member of staff serves two key purposes - firstly to ensure that you have fully considered your choice of degree and that it befits your aspirations, and secondly for us to ensure that you will cope with the demands of the chosen degree. Accordingly, you should expect to be asked some chemistry related questions.

All applicants invited to an open day will be given the opportunity to visit the student accommodation at Talybont North at 10.30. All attending applicants are asked to make their own way to this site. You will be met at the reception by a member of the residences team who will show you around the student halls and the facilities on offer. The School of Chemistry tour will then take place at 11.30 in the Council Chambers which is located in Main Building.

Informal visits from applicants will not be entertained, except in exceptional circumstances.  Those who have not yet decided whether to apply may make tentative enquiries regarding an informal visit, but where possible, these will be allied to an existing visit day. Please contact Dr Tom Tatchell (Email: or Tel: 02920 870 759) for more information.

Cardiff University's website contains a great deal of useful information for applicants; the more useful pages are collected on the right-hand menu here for your convenience.

Useful Career Information

Chemistry is a very rewarding subject to study, often unappreciated. Chemists find employment in a range of careers, either using chemistry directly such as working in laboratory or indirectly such as in patent law. Chemists are highly sought after due to their problem solving and numerical skills. Below are a collection of links that should allow you to form an opinion as to the value of a Chemistry degree, and the great start to a career that Cardiff University offers.