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Why study with us

From top-quality facilities, teaching, courses, and career prospects, there are plenty of reasons to study chemistry at Cardiff.

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Flexible courses

Our wide selection of modules gives you the flexibility to shape your studies to suit your interests.

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Placement opportunities

We offer year-long industry and study abroad opportunities on all of our courses.

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Leading chemistry school

We are one of the top twenty places to study chemistry in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020).

I'm glad I chose to study chemistry because every day I learn something new that blows my mind. The structure of the course at Cardiff has allowed me to balance studies with extracurricular activities such as sports and societies which I believe is integral to everyone's university experience.
Harry Smallman, Chemistry (MChem) student

Courses

Entry year

Chemistry (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

A flexible BSc programme that will give you the fundamental skills necessary to advance in many different careers, based in the vibrant capital city of Wales.

Chemistry (MChem)

Full time, 4 years

This four-year MChem degree will give you a solid practical grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry with an emphasis on research, enabling you to become a self-sufficient working chemist.

Chemistry with a Placement Year Abroad (MChem)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Take your research worldwide to gain an advanced degree in chemistry and significant research experience on this four-year degree programme.

Chemistry with a Placement Year Abroad (BSc)

Full time with year abroad, 4 years

Spend a year working in a research laboratory abroad with one of our international university partners on this BSc Chemistry degree programme.

Chemistry with a Preliminary Year (BSc)

Full time, 4 years

This four-year course is perfect for students who do not have an academic background but want to progress to a career in chemistry or related disciplines.

Chemistry with a Year in Industry (BSc)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 4 years

This flexible four-year chemistry degree gives you all the essential skills required to stand out in today’s job market, including a paid work placement in industry.

Chemistry with Year in Industry (MChem)

Full-time - Sandwich (Thick), 4 years

Gain an advanced degree in chemistry and significant research experience in an industrial laboratory on this four-year course.

Our buildings and facilities

Our talks

Our School and degree programmes

Dr Paul Newman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, talks you through learning and teaching at the School, the wide selection of modules we offer and our student support facilities.

The chemistry behind fireworks

Learn the chemistry behind fireworks including how they work and how they get their colours in this taster lecture with PhD student, Takudzwa Bere, and Dr Ben Ward, Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.

Final year projects explained

Dr Jamie Platts explains the final year student project, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside one of our academic staff on a piece of your own research.

Dr Joseph Beames highlights the global issues that chemistry helps tackle, such as reducing air pollution, safeguarding the water supply, and producing clean energy.

What global problems does chemistry solve?

Dr Joseph Beames highlights the global issues that chemistry helps tackle, such as reducing air pollution, safeguarding the water supply, and producing clean energy.

We explain why chemistry is so important, from its presence in our daily lives to new scientific discoveries. Our academic staff are at the forefront of modern advances and, if you decide to study here, you too will be at the heart of this exciting environment.

Why is chemistry important?

We explain why chemistry is so important, from its presence in our daily lives to new scientific discoveries. Our academic staff are at the forefront of modern advances and, if you decide to study here, you too will be at the heart of this exciting environment.

We give you our top reasons why we think you'll love studying chemistry here at Cardiff.

Why study chemistry at Cardiff?

We give you our top reasons why we think you'll love studying chemistry here at Cardiff.

Our School and students

Explore our facilities and learn more about the support services, study options, and opportunities that set us apart. Watch our student videos on studying abroad, working in industry, and life as a chemistry student to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.

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Take a 360 tour

Have a look around our facilities and beyond campus with our 360 tour.

Get a glimpse of life at our thriving School.

Welcome to our School of Chemistry

Get a glimpse of life at our thriving School.

Learn about the importance of scientific research, the work of our staff and students and the exciting scientific aims of our School.

All about our research

Learn about the importance of scientific research, the work of our staff and students and the exciting scientific aims of our School.

Meet our students who spent some of their summer volunteering in Tanzania. Listen to their fascinating stories.

Chemistry students volunteering in Tanzania

Meet our students who spent some of their summer volunteering in Tanzania. Listen to their fascinating stories.

Our students talk about the benefits of having a student mentor.

Student Mentor Scheme

Our students talk about the benefits of having a student mentor.

Dr Emma Richards shares all you need to know about the preliminary year.

Preliminary year

Dr Emma Richards shares all you need to know about the preliminary year.

Dr James Redman explains how our year in industry placements work.

Industry placements

Dr James Redman explains how our year in industry placements work.

Harriet shares her year in industry experience at AstraZeneca.

Year in Industry

Harriet shares her year in industry experience at AstraZeneca.

Bayan shares his study abroad experience at Monash University.

Year Abroad

Bayan shares his study abroad experience at Monash University.

Don shares some useful advice for first-year students.

Tips for new students

Don shares some useful advice for first-year students.

Student Zoe tells us why she loves studying chemistry at Cardiff.

Student interview

Student Zoe tells us why she loves studying chemistry at Cardiff.

Student Elizabeth explains life at Cardiff School of Chemistry.

Student interview

Student Elizabeth explains life at Cardiff School of Chemistry.

Meet Emily who graduated in 2017 and now is on an exciting career path at Samsung mobile.

Meet a graduate

Meet Emily who graduated in 2017 and now is on an exciting career path at Samsung mobile.

The university buildings are grand and inspire learning. I love the location of the School of Chemistry, situated in the Main Building of the university and complemented with a superb Science Library.
Samuel D'Angelo, Chemistry (MChem) student

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, allocated with other first-year students.

Student support

Get free, impartial and confidential advice on disability and dyslexia, money, careers, counselling and more.

Student life

Learn more about sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.