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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN, JUL, OCT

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The School of Social Sciences has an exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary research culture, and offers expert supervision across a wide range of research topics.

Programme aims

The programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained and independent research project, pursued at the highest level, as MPhil or Doctoral candidates. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including (as for many of our students) a career in academia.

Distinctive features

  • The School of Social Sciences is home to a large, flourishing and interdisciplinary postgraduate community of over 100 research students.
  • The School offers a range of PhD awards suitable to the stage of your career and background.
  • Each year the School is successful in obtaining many funded study awards from public, private and third sector organisations that provide financial and other support to PhD students
  • PhD students have access to a large study space within the School containing personal storage, computing facilities with university-wide connection to email, internet and up-to-the minute, disciplinary-specific, research applications and resources.
  • PhD students are invited to participate in the School’s research community and attend research groups, seminar series and informal study groups to introduce them to - and with opportunities to act as leaders in - contemporary debate and expert opinion in their field.
  • PhD students have access to a suite of excellent training opportunities (including research skills and methods) to support their studies and prepare them for the next stage of their career.
  • There are opportunities for PhD students to contribute to teaching in the School’s undergraduate courses, and with additional training and mentoring, students may work towards HEA Associate/Fellow status.

Career Prospects:

University, academic and research; transferable skills allow for the development of career paths in any field requiring: clear and logical thinking; detailed reporting of empirical findings; advanced and critical analysis of complex data; the design and conduct of independent research; communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to identify and inquire into complex problems; the application and development of models and theory as these relate to human and social life.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    30th

  • Campus address

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

Cardiff University is a global institution, with over 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries.
The university welcomes applications from international students and offer specialist facilities and dedicated support to help with a student’s studies.
Cardiff came second in the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index for monthly rental costs in UK university cities, and twelfth in terms of overall living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 102 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    150 76%

    15th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58 58%

    51st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%

    92nd

    3

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