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Biological Chemistry (MSc)

Course Description

The chemistry of biological processes is the basis of all life on the planet. By studying aspects such as biosynthesis, retrosynthetic analysis, molecular biology and the principles of drug development this course will develop an understanding of the pathways that are core to chemical biology. Also, applications of biological catalysts in industrial processes, synthetic methods and spectroscopy will all be suitable for graduates wishing to develop their knowledge and to pursue a career in academia or industry.

The course will develop in students an understanding of the chemical background of biological problems and processes at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. Students will be able to study real life systems and research into areas at the forefront of chemical biology. Differing aspects such as natural product synthesis, biocatalysis and molecular modeling of such systems will all be explored in this exciting new course.

Visit the Biological Chemistry (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


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in chemistry or a related discipline, e.g. chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry, with a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent. 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. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass either IELTS/TOEFL exams.

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