Ph.D. On Campus

Physical Organic Chemistry

Cardiff University

36 months
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The School of Chemistry from Cardiff University, has developed a particular strength in Physical Organic Chemistry, 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.


The topics being investigated on this Physical Organic Chemistry programme from Cardiff University, are extremely wide ranging, stretching from the development of new methods for catalysing reactions, through the development of better understanding of organic reactions in aqueous solutions, to the development of biosensors and the directed assembly of functional multicomponent systems.

 Underpinning this breadth of applications is the detailed, quantitative understanding of the fundamental properties and reactions and interactions of organic molecules.

Skills developed

  • Synthesis  of novel organic and/or biological molecules.
  • Physical  and biophysical analysis methods
  • Wide  range of quantitative measurements and data analysis techniques.
  • Computational  techniques, including molecular mechanics, quantum chemistry and molecular  dynamics simulations.

Programme Structure

Available research specialisations within this area:

  • Fundamental  studies of kinetics and dynamics of organic reactions
  • Design  and synthesis of sequence-specific DNA biosensors
  • Study  of reaction mechanisms of homogeneous catalysts
  • Directed  assembly of functional multicomponent nanostructures
  • Racemisation  of drug-like chiral centres
  • Mechanistic  studies of nanoparticle catalysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
  • References: some programmes require one or two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – you can ask your referee to download and fill out our Referee report form or obtain a signed and dated reference on headed paper
  • Personal statement (some programmes require a specific personal statement, so check the entry requirements for your programme)
  • Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) 

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last year

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Physical Organic Chemistry
Cardiff University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!

Tuition fee settings