Our research degrees give you the freedom to investigate a cutting-edge topic in depth, amongst leading researchers with truly first-class facilities.
Each year we recruit approximately 50 students for higher degrees (PhD and MPhil). Our postgraduate degrees are based on independent full-time research work, with an academic supervisor to guide you in discovering new and exciting areas of chemistry.
Available PhD and MPhil courses
- Catalysis in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (PhD/MPhil)
- Biological Chemistry (PhD/MPhil)
- Chemistry (PhD/MPhil)
- Inorganic Chemistry (PhD/MPhil)
- Organic Synthesis (PhD/MPhil)
- Physical Organic Chemistry (PhD/MPhil)
- Solid State Materials (PhD/MPhil)
- Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (PhD/MPhil)
We also offer PhD and MPhil research degrees in a range of other areas of chemistry.
Learn about our research courses from staff and students in the School:
We mentor and support you in numerous ways.
- You have one or more supervisor(s), and a review panel of two independent academics, as well as meeting with the Head of School twice a year.
- You are enrolled on a dedicated online module which supports all aspects of postgraduate activity (including counselling, health and wellbeing services; ethics and integrity, unconscious bias, and equality and diversity; safety forms; career development; thesis submission checklist; and feedback mechanisms).
- All students further benefit from numerous training courses from the Doctoral Academy and the GW4 University consortium.
- Nominated student representatives participate in a quarterly PGR Forum, and hold membership on key School committees.
- Submission of confidential feedback is encouraged, allowing us to formally act on issues.
- We conduct an exit survey allowing us to reflect upon your experience and improve.
- You have the opportunity to develop further academic skills by assisting in Undergraduate workshops, laboratory-based classes, and our Post-Doctorate Lecture programme.
General enquiries should be addressed to:
Postgraduate Research Office - Chemistry
Informal applications may be made by contacting any member of academic staff whose research is of interest to you.