Post-graduate Taught (MSc)
Hala Issa – UAE; MSc in Chemical Biology
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
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
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
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
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.