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Post-graduate Taught (MSc)

Hala Issa – UAE; MSc in Chemical Biology

Hala Issa

There are many aspects to consider when applying to a postgraduate degree. However, when the time came for me to pursue an MSc in a field of my interest, chemistry was my top choice with no hesitation. Chemistry appealed to me when I was studying medical laboratory technology as my bachelor degree. Although it might seem that these two fields are not closely related, but year after year I became more eager to understand the chemistry that is coordinating all our biological processes. Luckily, the MSc in Chemical Biology program in Cardiff University offered all the answers.  Cardiff as the capital of Wales offers its citizen lots of activities because there is always something going on. The University makes it very easy to integrate smoothly because it is situated at a close proximity to everything and has everything an international student might need. Moreover, Cardiff University is the best university in Wales and it guarantees high quality education along with the best facilities in research. The admission staff were also very helpful in answering all my inquiries and helped me to reach a more informed decision. Future plans would definitely include a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. Otherwise, Chemical Biology opens the doors to different fields including pharmaceuticals and drug design as well as vast research opportunities.  


Nakarin Subjalearndee-Thailand; MSc in Catalysis

Nakarin Subjalearndee

After I graduated with a degree from the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand, I wanted to undertake new experiences in both my academic and personal life. I felt that one way of combining both would be to study for a Master’s degree abroad. I decided to search for universities that matched my lifestyle and interests in chemistry. Cardiff University was the best choice because of its School of Chemistry’s research reputation. The MSc in Catalysis scheme has furthered my knowledge of chemistry, and also the environment around the university really suits my lifestyle as it’s very quiet and peaceful. After I arrived at Cardiff, everything was even better than I had imagined! All of the staff in the university and people in the city are very generous to foreign students and I can guarantee that they never hesitate to help if they have any problems, no matter how big or small. The course really encourages and supports my development and allows my special interests in sustainable chemistry and real industrial processes to be investigated in more depth. In the future, if I have a chance to work in a chemical company in the United Kingdom, I definitely won’t hesitate to take that opportunity


Yan Ma-China; MSc in Catalysis

Yan Ma

I have loved chemistry since I was a little girl as the chemical world is magical to me. I previously studied in University of Science and Technology Beijing and graduated with a degree in Applied Chemistry. When I decided to go abroad for further study, I found that there was an MSc in Catalysis course in Cardiff University and it is the major reason that I choose the study here. Catalysis widely exists in the natural world, and it is an important branch in chemical research. I am very happy studying here at Cardiff University. The professors are very erudite and patient, and the classmates are nice and friendly. The most exciting thing is that there are several libraries in the campus and I believe I can learn a great deal in this year. Cardiff is a peaceful and picturesque city, which has a great deal of art, history and rich Welsh culture. After I finish the course in I plan to go back to China, find a job in the chemistry industry and maybe I will pursue a PhD degree afterward. However, I will never forget the valuable experience in Cardiff.


Ziyu Wang - China; MSc in Catalysis

Ziyu Wang

Cardiff is really a beautiful city and is the capital of Wales. One main attractive feature of the city is that the cost of living is not high for students. The academic quality is high within Cardiff University and this is one of the main reasons why I chose to come to Cardiff. I choose to study this Catalysis course as I think this will give me a promising future. In addition, the tutors are very experienced and they all teach in lectures and the laboratory, and encourage us to explore the subject by doing more reading after class by ourselves, which is very important. I am very interested in the reactions which promoted by catalysts and the latest methods of solving the world’s problems. By using the most advanced technology offered by the University, we have the opportunities to know how the catalysts work and what we should do to improve the chemical process. Within the School of Chemistry, the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) is located. The CCI is an internationally leading research group and is in the top 5 of such teams worldwide. I believe that in this school, I can obtain more than I could previously imagine. After completing the course, I hope that I can work in the chemistry company in UK in areas where I can use my Catalysis MSc knowledge. Alternatively I will apply for a PhD in UK, obviously I will choose catalysis as the main focus of my research.


Apurva Chindarkar – India; MSc in Physical Organic Chemistry

Apurva Chindarkar

Having undertaken a Bachelor of Technology, focusing on Organic Chemistry, I was looking for a Masters course which is specifically dedicated to the synthesis and mechanisms part of organic compounds, and Cardiff University offered the exact course I was looking for. The course has modules tailored towards my interests, which also enhances my Chemistry knowledge. I am really happy and satisfied that I chose Cardiff University for my post-graduate study.



Tarandip Narang - Trinidad & Tobago ; MSc. Chemical biology

Tarandip Narang

After graduating with a BSc. in Biochemistry and then working for a few years in the field, I decided that I wanted to earn a postgraduate degree. Many areas of science interested me and I was unsure of what options were best suited for me. I was advised by a kind and helpful member of staff of Cardiff University that the MSc in Chemical biology is a suitable degree for me due to my academic and work background. When I got accepted for this degree I visited Cardiff and was overwhelmed by its beauty, elegance, and its Welsh culture.  The staff members including the professors are very understanding and hospitable and the campus is filled with several places to study including many libraries and study rooms. The MSc in Chemical Biology involves various topics including organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry, and because of this a wide variety of research and work possibilities will be available afterwards. Even though this degree is very demanding, I have still managed to become extremely fond of some topics such as Natural Products, Drug Design and Biocatalysis. Due to my interest in these areas, I would like to further my studies by pursuing a PhD in the future. If given the opportunity, I will not hesitate to return to Cardiff for future academic or work purposes.