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International Postgraduate Taught Students

Our Masters courses are ideal for retraining or as a route towards a future PhD.

Our postgraduate taught Masters degrees are very popular with international students. All taught programmes are research-led, including a significant research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Many students use these schemes as an opportunity to re-train in a different field of study to their original degree, or to specialize from a general chemistry degree. They also provide excellent preparation for PhD programmes in related disciplines. We offer three  postgraduate taught Masters degrees:

Catalysis (MSc)

Catalysis has an important role in many processes, from living systems to large scale chemical manufacture. It is also central to addressing many of the grand challenges facing society, such as solving the energy crisis and protecting our environment. This course will provide training on heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis.

Catalysis (MSc) course details including fees

Biological Chemistry (MSc)

The chemistry of biological processes is the basis of all life on the planet. By studying aspects such as biosynthesis, retrosynthetic analysis, molecular biology and the principles of drug development, this course will develop an understanding of the pathways that are core to chemical biology.

Biological Chemistry (MSc) course details including fees

Medicinal Chemistry (Msc)

Medicinal chemistry is the chemistry that is  used in the discovery of new medicines. Although the techniques of medicinal chemistry are widely employed in the drug discovery industry, many of the same  principals can be applied to other problems in the chemical and life sciences.  By understanding the mechanisms of drugs action, new molecules can be developed  with improved pharmacological properties and reduced side effects.

Medicinal Chemistry course details

The School and University offer scholarships to help with the cost of study. Please visit the University Funding page for details of Scholarships, and the University International Scholarship page, for more information. You should also check to see if your own government can provide support for your studies in Cardiff.

We welcome applications to our taught postgraduate courses from students with a suitable undergraduate degree in Chemistry and related disciplines. Each applicant's offer will be personal and specific to their country of study. If you have any queries regarding the suitability of your qualifications, please contact the Admissions Tutor.

If English is not your first language, we will also require evidence of your proficiency in English. Full details of acceptable qualifications are available on the University website.

The University also offers numerous English language courses to allow you to develop your skills in this area, or to achieve the level required for entry to degree programmes. These courses run either before or alongside your academic studies. More information can be found on the relevant English Language course webpages.

The School of Chemistry accepts the English for University Study and Pre-sessional Programmes as entry qualifications, and does not require a separate IELTS test prior to entry.

Tamanna Yasmeen (MSc Chemical Biology, 2014-15)

I wanted to go to one of the best universities in UK for my MSc and study the course that would bring me closer to the career in pharmaceutical research and development that I have been looking forward to since my childhood. The MSc in Chemical Biology at Cardiff University was the right choice as it has modules tailored towards my interests, which also enhances my Chemistry knowledge. It is not only the good reputation of the School of Chemistry but also the helpfulness and friendliness of the reputed staff members that have encouraged me to choose Cardiff University!

Reem Almutairi (Kuwait) (MSc Chemical Biology, 2014-15)

I have studied for an MSc in Chemical Biology in Cardiff University this year and I am so delighted to write about my experience here. Cardiff is really the best place to study in. That is because all the academic staff are seeking to help the students when they need support. Also, Cardiff University is a quiet place to study and the people here are friendly and helpful. I recommend Cardiff University for any one searching for a good education and comfortable place.


All enquiries should be addressed to the Admissions Tutor:

Dr Tom Tatchell

Dr Tom Tatchell

Education and Students Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 0759