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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


This course will prepare you for a range of research careers in universities, government agencies and science companies all over the world. Take your science career to the next level with our Master’s degree in Advanced Chemistry. This broad and flexible course can be tailored to fit your interests and career aspirations, helping you develop the skills you need to follow your chosen career. There is a large selection of optional modules available in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry for you to choose from, so you can focus on the topics that are interesting and important to you. You will also complete a major research project in an active research environment, where you will develop the crucial practical and professional skills that graduate employers are looking for.

Learning and assessment

Students will attend lectures, participate in seminars, problem-solving workshops and tutorials, and carry out practical laboratory work. Students will also undertake self-directed literature-based research and a laboratory-based original research project that will lead to completion of a dissertation. Topics for the research project will normally be chosen from a list of options proposed by staff in areas of current research interest. The research project will consist of supervised independent study and will typically consist of laboratory or computational work. The taught modules within the programme are typically assessed through a final examination and the following in-course assessments: Written reports; Problem-based workshops and class tests; Oral examination. Those modules primarily involving independent study and research are assessed through the following: Written dissertation (typically 6,000 to 10,000 words); Oral presentation; Oral examination.

Career prospects

Our graduates are in high demand across many industries and enjoy a broad range of flexible and dynamic career options. In the past graduates have gone on to pursue careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, as well as in regulatory affairs, health and safety, intellectual property and patents. Another popular career path is a research-related role within public and private research institutions, academic institutions, or consulting services. You might meet our graduates working for companies including Johnson Matthey, Thales, Hexion, BAE Systems in the UK, as well as international companies such as Haldor Topsøe, Denmark and the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand. This course is particularly suitable for those wishing to pursue further study at PhD level at Cardiff University and other top universities. There are opportunities for MSc students to undertake their research project in collaboration with one of our external partners. Please enquire for further information.

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University information

Cardiff University

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  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 57 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    125 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%



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