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Catalysts in Chemistry Summer School

In Catalysts in Chemistry, specialists in catalysis will help you explore our research that includes improving existing catalytic processes and solving vital issues such as life preservation and protecting the environment with cleaner new catalysts.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

Cardiff University’s School of Chemistry is a world leader in the teaching and research of catalysis. It is also home to the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

While studying in this School, you will cover topics such as:

  • organic, inorganic, spectroscopic and theoretical chemistry
  • the integral role catalysts play in our daily lives
  • organic synthesis
  • molecular modelling
  • homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • spectroscopy
  • dynamics and characterisation.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
 Social event
 Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
 Molecular synthesis - Session 1: Oxidation of limonene
Computational chemistry
 Materials and energy
Industrial visit
 Developing catalysts for a sustainable future
 Spectroscopy and dynamics
 Field trips and free time
 Field trips and free time
 Catalysis and interfacial science Cardiff Catalysis Institute
 Biological chemistry
Industrial visit
 Characterisation of catalysis
Industrial visit
 Inorganic synthesis
 Presentations and final assessment
Final Gala Ceremony
 Departure from Cardiff (drop off at Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team.

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