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Catalysis (MSc)

Course Description

Catalysis lies at the heart of many chemical processes, from the academic research lab through living systems to the industrial large-scale reactor. By understanding and careful use of catalysis many processes can be made faster, cleaner and more sustainable. This course will provide training in the state-of-the-art of catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis and is recommended for graduates in chemistry or chemical engineering wishing to pursue a career in academia or industry.

The course will develop students’ understanding of the science behind a range of problems arising in catalysis and for students to engage with a range of modern catalytic equipment and techniques. This flexible course allows students to focus on one or two of the three delineated branches of catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous and biological), as well as providing the opportunity to undertake a more theoretical or computational approach to the subject.

Students will develop key skills including learning skills, information handling and presentational skills, all which can be easily applied to industrial and academic working environments.

The course will allow students to enter the employment sphere of catalytic research or industry having gained an in depth education and training programme in homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalytic chemical processes and applications.

Visit the Catalysis (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Johnson (Chemical Biology)

I’ve always lived near Cardiff and loved it so much I didn’t want to move away! I like the city atmosphere, even though it’s all relatively compact. Everything you need is here, and all well-placed – the Students’ Union and surrounding university buildings are in close proximity to each other for the most part, and to the city centre itself.

When I heard about the recent inception of the Chemical Biology department at the University (they had recently migrated from Birmingham to start a research group here) I decided to apply for a PhD here. I am really enjoying the challenge of applying myself to something that no-one has done before.

(Student Profile)

Yvonne Luk (Chemistry and Pharmacy)

Following my undergraduate degree, I was interested in pursuing a multi-disciplinary PhD project: Cardiff University offered the supervision necessary to make this possible. My project is entitled 'Use of Molecular Imprinted Polymers and Microreactors in Organic Chemistry' and involves research which encompasses pharmacy, chemistry and engineering. I was attracted to Cardiff University by its friendly research environment, and my programme of study allows me to pursue research in a scientific field, offering a change of emphasis from my undergraduate studies.


Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information



MSc Studentship in Catalysis - No. of awards TBC

The Cardiff School of Chemistry is pleased to offer a number of studentships for students studying the MSc in Catalysis. The course will provide training in the state-of-the-art of catalysis theory, application, preparation and analysis and is recommended for graduates in chemistry or chemical engineering wishing to pursue a career in academia or industry.This is for the taught MSc Catalysis course and not for PGR research projectsFor more information on the MSc in Catalysis, click here.The Studentship will include full tuition fees. An additional stipend will also be offered to outstanding candidates, at the following levels:Applicants with a 1st class degree will receive a stipend of £4,000
Applicants with a 2:1 class degree will receive a stipend of £3,000
Applicants with a 2:2 class degree will receive a stipend of £2,000
The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Tuition with a stipend of £2,000-£4,000


Academic Criteria: Applicants should hold a 2:2 level undergraduate degree or higher. No masters degree is required and applicants need not have prior experience in the field of chemistry.Residency: The award is open to all UK/EU students without further restriction.

Application Procedure

No separate application necessary – consideration is automatic on applying for postgraduate study on the Catalysis MSc programme.Applications for the course should be submitted using our online applications service, which can be accessed here: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/applyApplicants should state their wish to be considered for the studentship within their Supporting Statement and in the 'funding' section of the application form.Application Deadline: 1st August each year.The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. A selection panel will make decisions following the application deadline and applicants will be contacted directly confirming the outcome. An offer to study is independent of a scholarship offer.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent. Suitable for graduates in chemistry or a related discipline e.g. chemical engineering, physics, pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry. Applicants with a degree in a subject other than chemistry will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key chemical topics prior to an offer being made.

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