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Catalysis in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (PhD/MPhil)

PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study. As part of the Chemistry (PhD/MPhil) programme, students can conduct their research within this group.

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in research and managerial roles in manufacturing industry (e.g. food, cosmetics, petrochemical etc), in academia, in the pharmaceuticals and fine chemical sectors, teaching, biomedical research fields.

Special Features

Course Description

Our research in the CCI addresses the big challenges now facing science:

  1. the provision  of clean water by controlling and destroying pollutants,
  2. protecting the atmosphere,
  3. using existing resources more efficiently
  4. developing low- and zero-carbon fuels
  5. enabling sustainable food production.

We work closely with industry to ensure that the catalytic solutions that we discover or invent will be scaled-up and developed into commercial technologies.

Available Research Areas

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

The career prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Recent graduates have a gone on to work for a number of well known international companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Johnson Matthey.

Distinguished Faculty

Professor Hutchings is a pre-eminent authority on heterogeneous catalysis, with a global reputation for the innovative catalytic use of gold nano-particles. He holds two of the most prestigious prizes in science - the Thompson Reuters Citation Laureate and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society.

Professor GJ Hutchings FRS, CCI director, Gold catalysis

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject.

Course Aims

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.

Special Features

Course Description

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 course will train students in 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. In the later part of the taught programme, students can focus in the specialist area that excites them the most and then undertake a research project with on eof our world-leading research groups. Many of our current PhD students are graduates of the MSc in Catalysis.

Available Modules

Skills Acquired

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for graduates with a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent in chemistry or a related discipline eg. chemical engineering, physics, pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry.

Entry to research degree courses in chemistry will be subject to the University requirements for English language. In addition, the university offers a range of pre-sessional courses for those without the required language qualifications; successful completion of any of these courses will allow you to proceed with your research degree in chemistry.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Additional Information

Please include in your personal statement why you are applying for this course, with specific details such as what your future aspirations are, how your educational or professional background makes you a suitable applicant and what interests you about the course. Generic statements will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: 6th September 2014

Available Funding

Studentships are available (for UK/EU students only) to cover tuition fees and include a maintenance stipend. For more information please see our Funding and Scholarship search.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
  • International Full Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July

School Contact

Name: Dr Ben Ward  

Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 0302 

Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4030 


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