The Cardiff School of Chemistry provides an outstanding and stimulating environment for chemical research and education. Each year, it admits approximately 85 students to undergraduate MChem and BSc programmes, 30 students to M.Sc. programmes, and 45 to postgraduate research. The research and teaching is led by 37 academic members of staff with support from more than 80 postdoctoral and other staff.
The School offers 4-year MChem and 3-year BSc degree programmes that are oriented towards modern fundamental and applied chemistry. In addition to the standard pathway, there is a well-established and popular Sandwich programme with an intercalated year in industry or a foreign academic institution. The undergraduate programmes reflect, and are fully embedded in, the research strengths of the School, with, for example, substantial final-year projects that are fully integrated into research groups. The School also offers 4 MSc programmes that provide a focused transition from an undergraduate degree in chemistry or a related subject to postgraduate research in some of the School's key areas.
The Cardiff School of Chemistry has an excellent international reputation across the range of modern chemical science, with particular strengths in surface science, catalysis, chemical biology, solid-state/materials chemistry, physical organic chemistry, synthesis and theoretical chemistry. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, all of its research output was rated of at least international standard, with 60% internationally leading. Developments in recent years have included the establishment of major new initiatives in Chemical Biology, Structural Biology, Catalysis, Solid-state and Materials Chemistry, and Physical Organic Chemistry through external and internal investment in excess of £10M, accompanied by the recruitment of 8 established and 8 early-career academic staff members. This is now being further augmented by the establishment of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute with 4 new academic posts and an investment of more than £2M.
The School has outstanding research facilities and equipment enabling research in all branches of core and interdisciplinary chemistry. State-of-the-art facilities are available for research in surface science, catalysis, magnetic resonance, X-ray diffractometry, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, calorimetry, high-performance computing and chemical biology.
Our web site contains information about staff and research in the School of Chemistry, as well as information on our undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes. Please explore these pages and see what Chemistry at Cardiff has to offer you.
Professor Peter J. Knowles, Head of School