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Cardiff University

A world-leading research community, in the heart of a thriving capital city.


An ambitious research community

At the heart of our vibrant research culture is a welcoming community of students and staff, who share a single ambition: to tackle the grand challenges of our time and make a positive impact around the world.

Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer and nuclear waste have earned us an international reputation for excellence, and a place in the prestigious Russell Group.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were ranked fifth among UK universities when judged on research quality and second on research impact. 87% of our submitted research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent – the top two categories of assessment. 

Funding and scholarships

We offer a number of fully-funded PhDs and scholarship opportunities to support you in your research. You can find the current funding opportunities using our PhD students and projects search tool.

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Doctoral Training Initiatives

We are currently leading or participating in a range of specific doctoral training initiatives, such as UK Research Council sponsored Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) or Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). These span many areas of our academic and research strengths in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering.

First-class facilities

We’re currently investing hundreds of millions of pounds into the development of world-class facilities as part of our largest campus upgrade in a generation.

Our outstanding facilities include state-of-the-art recording studios and performance theatres, Europe’s most powerful brain scanner, a £2m dentistry simulation suite, and Wales’ largest stock exchange trading floor.

Doctoral Academy

Our Doctoral Academy is the home of Cardiff University’s research community, offering an exciting package of support that includes:

  • Opportunities to network with a diverse community of researchers
  • Student-led competitions to showcase your research
  • A programme of skills development and employability workshops
  • Access to specialist equipment and research networks though our GW4 Alliance
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Supporting your career ambitions

Our expert careers professionals provide personal, subject specific guidance on everything from skills development and job searches to interview preparation.

You’ll have direct access to more than 2,000 registered employers via our university jobs board, and the opportunity to attend careers fairs, employer presentations and specialist panel events.

If you wish to establish or build a business, our enterprise team also offer personalised support, including mentoring, start-up workshops and funding opportunities.

A thriving capital city

Modern, welcoming and bursting with culture, Cardiff is an idyllic setting in which to complete your research degree. From our world-class sport and entertainment to our vibrant food scene and 2,000 year-old castle, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

On our doorstep you’ll find scenic national parks, stunning coastlines and picturesque castles waiting to be explored. Excellent transport links make it easy to travel across the city, around Wales and beyond.

Postgraduate Open Days and Events

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place in November 2021.




Academic Units


Currently ranked 6th out of 101 UK business schools for the quality of our research and joint 1st for research environment (REF 2014), Cardiff Business School is also one of only two UK business schools ranked in the top 10 of every Government research exercise since 1992. We offer a genuinely international research and teaching environment in a Russell Group university. We are the world’s first business school to put Public Value at the heart of its operations: we work to deliver social improvement alongside economic development, recognising the role that business and management has to play in tackling some of the grand challenges in contemporary society.

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The School is one of the largest biological science departments in the UK and pursues a wide range of cutting-edge research. Topics span the full range from whole (eco) systems to molecular biology and protein structure.

The School also plays an important key role in the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), a world-class research centre that studies tissue repair and wound healing. Its Genetic research is led by Professor Sir Martin Evans, one of the School's many internationally renowned scientists. Staff within the School belong to one of the four research groups:Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Organisms and Environmentand Microbiology and Pathophysiology and Repair.

The reputation of the School is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that it attracts annually. Major research sponsorship comes from charities such as the Wellcome Trust, the Arthritis Research Campaign and Cancer UK, the science research councils and many industrial clients.
The School has excellent facilities that contribute to its high quality research and teaching. A new £14 million Life Sciences Building has been constructed to complement the already impressive range of well-equipped laboratories and libraries at the School.

Cardiff School of Biosciences is able to offer major opportunities to postgraduates. A wide spectrum of funding sources support the broad range of research activities that are pursued within the School. Postgraduates enjoy a full range of training opportunities that are designed to support their progression to the award of a higher degree and provide excellent opportunities for those who wish to pursue careers in Universities, Research Institutions, Industry and the Public Authorities, both in the UK and abroad.
The School is one of the major academic research departments in the University and is currently responsible for generating over 20% of the University's research grant and contract funding. Our established research groups, supported by an excellent research infrastructure, provide the breadth, diversity and topicality for quality postgraduate research.

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We are a research-led School in one of the UK’s premier universities† with a reputation for excellent teaching and internationally accomplished research activities. The School employs over 60 teaching or research active staff.

We have an International reputation in

• Complex Systems

• Data and Knowledge Engineering

• Visual computing

Our research is underpinned by dedicated state of the art laboratories for

• Human factors technology

• Security & privacy

• Solid modelling & visual computing

The School welcomes further partnerships with industry and the public sector. Our collaborative research has an impact in sectors such as healthcare, defence, engineering and the environment.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 60% of our research was deemed 'outstanding' for its impact in terms of reach and significance.

The School is a partner in an interdisciplinary Communications Research Centre, The Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences and The Research Institute of Visual Computing.

Research students work alongside staff at the forefront of research in their disciplines, and have access to the best cutting-edge facilities and opportunities. The School has a thriving postgraduate community and, in recent years, more than 100 postgraduates, including around 15 PhD students, begin their studies annually.

Each year over 100 highly-skilled students graduate from the School, many benefiting from industry-based placements and projects. Our main degrees are BSc degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering, and MSc degrees in Computer Science, computer security and general computing. We work with the BCS (British Computer Society), the Chartered Institute for IT to gain professional accreditation where applicable. We also offer some interdisciplinary MSc degree programmes jointly with other Schools of the University. All programmes are supported by excellent library and computing laboratory facilities on site. Overall, we have more than 400 students in the School.

The Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics (COMSC) is located in the £35 million Queen’s Buildings complex (with 24/7 access) on Newport Road within Cardiff city centre.

We were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in September 2015 and we strive to ensure gender equality. We have committed to a range of actions to promote gender equality within our School.

† Cardiff University is a member of The Russell Group of Universities. The Group represents the leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

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The School of Earth and, Ocean and Planetary Sciences is rated 5 (top grade) in the most recent Research Assessment. Within the School there are 6 major groups which can provide wider expertise: Marine and Coastal Environments (coastal zone and marine management and policy making), Geoenvironmental Science, (Environmental change, environmental protection and environmental impact assessment of natural and anthropogenic processes, atmospheric particulates, toxicity of pollutants, hydrogeology etc) Geobiology (geomicrobiology, palaeobotany and palaeontology), Geochemistry (inorganic compounds, trace elements, geochemical fingerprinting in the environment), Palaeoclimate (causes and scales of climate variability and the sensitivity of marine and terrestrial environments), Geodynamics and Basin Evolution (imaging and modelling of continental and oceanic basins). Millions of pounds have been invested in new state-of-the-art infrastructure, including the recent establishment of a Geomicrobiology Research Group, with specialist laboratories and facilities. The group has consistently been awarded NERC and EU grants and have just finished co-ordinating the EU FP5 DeepBUG project. Additional grants from the European Science Foundation, Leverhulme and commercial organisations bring the total number of research grants since 1989 to 37, worth over £10M. In the last 4 years, the group has published 24 scientific papers and 5 book chapters.

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The Cardiff School of Engineering is recognised as one of the best Engineering schools in the UK in terms of its facilities, research and teaching. The School has some 80 academic staff engaged in teaching and research, approximately 1,200 undergraduate students, and over 260 postgraduate students.

The School's is one of the leading research centres for engineering in the UK and has an international reputation for the quality and significance of its research activities. The School is organised into world-class research Institutes covering some of the most challenging research themes of today, such as sustainability, energy and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and sensors, medical engineering, and digital signal processing and communications. Within these Institutes there are some 50 research staff and over 100 postgraduate research students from the UK and around the world engaged in a wide range of research projects.

In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) the School was rated among the top ten combined engineering schools in the UK.

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The School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers opportunities for full-time and part-time study leading to the degrees of PhD and MPhil. Students are supervised by internationally renowned scholars and enjoy the benefits of joining a prestigious, well-supported, and lively research environment with excellent facilities.

We value critical rigour, creative thinking, and intellectual inquisitiveness. Enriched by our diverse international student community, we explore new perspectives, examining key issues in the study of language, texts, cultures, ideas, values and identities.

We regard our research students as central participants in the intellectual life of our academic community. We take the training of research students very seriously, providing facilities and supervisory guidance which will help each student to flourish intellectually and work productively.

Supported by the ESRC DTP for Wales, the Centre for Language and Communication Research in this School, together with Swansea University, invites applications for PhD study in the area of Linguistics with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP studentship to start in October 2021. Cardiff University is part of the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training partnership. For more information about these funding opportunities please contact the School of English, Communication and Philosophy Postgraduate Office via encap-pgadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk. Information is available in English and Welsh.

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The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research.
The School’s researchers engage with pressing contemporary issues and debates across journalism, media and culture bringing together theory and practice. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, JOMEC’s research was ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of its quality and impact.
A key strength of JOMEC’s research environment is the ongoing dialogue between research and practice-based staff which delivers impactful research outcomes in relation to journalism, media and cultural practice and policy in the UK and internationally.
JOMEC’s cutting-edge research findings are shared through weekly seminars which also feature speakers from across the UK and internationally. The School also hosts the renowned biennial ‘Future of Journalism’ conference bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world. and These activities, and more, contribute to a lively and thriving research environment.
JOMEC’s purpose-built, state of the art facilities at Two Central Square situate the School at the centre of local and national media, including BBC Cymru/Wales whose brand-new headquarters is situated next door. Our location facilitates the building of strong industry links, boosting students’ employability by providing access to major media organisations within the important and growing sector of the creative and cultural industries.
JOMEC academics draw on multi-disciplinary backgrounds from across the social sciences and humanities and have a strong tradition of teamwork and collaborative publications, as well as a strong industry base. Research areas include:
• Journalism, democracy, politics and elections
• Community and citizen journalism
• Social media and protest
• Big data and surveillance
• Media history, policy and ethics
• Culture, creativity, film and television studies
• Visual cultures and technologies
• Representing diversity and inequality (class, race, gender, sexuality)
• Young people and media
• Mediations of war, conflict and crisis
• Reporting science and health issues
• Innovations in research methodologies

The School offers opportunities for full-time and part-time study leading to the degrees of PhD. Supervision is available across a wide range of research topics in journalism, media and cultural and creative industries. The School actively applies for general and collaborative research council studentships in an effort to provide outstanding applicants with awards covering tuition fees and/or stipends to help cover living expenses. When available, the studentships are advertised on the School and University websites.

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The School of Medicine, Cardiff University, is internationally recognised for the excellence of its biomedical research with 5* RAE ratings, state-of-the art equipment and newly built-for-purpose research institutes.

If you are interested in any of the advertised projects, please contact the the relevant department or research group direct for further information with a copy of your CV and 2 references.

For general information about the PhD Programme, the School or eligibility, and the application procedure please contact Matthew James/Sarah Williams via pgrmedic@cardiff.ac.uk

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The city of Cardiff represents an excellent environment in which to study music, and the School of Music has an international reputation for both teaching and research. We are proud to be ranked 2nd among UK university music departments for the quality of our research environment, and 8th for overall research excellence, in the UK government's latest assessment of research across the UK. It has recognised research-led teaching strengths in numerous areas of the discipline and has established itself at the cutting edge of international research in a wide range of areas including central European music, composition, performance practice and organology, music of the 'long' 18th century, 20th-century British and French music, music and politics, popular culture and biographical studies.

Students benefit from the School’s richly varied musical life. There are guest lectures, a full programme of concerts by visiting artists and by student orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists, and other events such as masterclasses and composition workshops. The School runs the University Symphony and Choir, the University Chamber Orchestra and Choir, and the Contemporary Music Group. Further ensembles (e.g. jazz, big band and flute ensembles) are organised by the students, and a very active Music Society presents regular lunch-time concerts and organises social events.

Postgraduates in the School of Music also benefit from a wide range of facilities to enhance their study experience. Especially significant is the dedicated and extensive Music library on the ground floor, which houses over 18,000 scores and printed music, 9,000 books and 8,000 recordings, as well as some archive collections of manuscript and printed music, music journals, videos and DVDs. Postgraduates have a suite of dedicated computer and study rooms, with networked PC and Mac workstations and related facilities. Finally, there are all the ‘practical’ amenities to facilitate your music studies, such as a 250-seat Concert Hall, two dozen practice rooms, and electro-acoustic studios.

We are part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) which awards AHRC doctoral studentships. The partnership is a collaboration of eight leading research universities and partners from the creative economy, working together to develop the arts and humanities researchers for the future. The SWW DTP offer doctoral studentships annually, with applications usually closing at the end of January. More information on the studentships can be found on the SWW DTP’s website. The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and scholarships for PhD study.

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The Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has modern, state-of the art, research laboratory facilities. The research projects on offer are in our core themes: cancer, microbiology and infection control, pharmacology and cardiopulmonary research, medicine formulation and targeted drug delivery, and treatment outcomes and pharmacoeconomics. Methods used include: molecular modelling, synthetic chemistry, molecular biology, in vitro assay, microscopy, electrophysiology, microfabrication, socioeconomic research and pharmacoepidemiology.

Many of these places have available funded studentships (only available to UK or EU nationals who hold a 1st or upper 2nd class degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology or a related discipline) which will pay University fees and a stipend at the basic Research Council rate for 3 years. The School also welcomes international students who have, or expect to attract, their own funding or that of a sponsor. Part sponsorship of outstanding international applicants is possible.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, rated Grade 5A for its research excellence and ranked “Top School of Pharmacy” by The Guardian in 2004, is part of Cardiff University which was ranked 7th in the UK Research Assessment Exercise.

Cardiff itself is a buzzing, cosmopolitan, compact and stylish city with easy access by road, rail and air. We have great shops, an up-to-date Café Quarter and the new Millenium Centre for everything from concerts to opera. We have art galleries, the National Museum of Wales, the Welsh Folk Museum, fantastic nightlife and, of course, for football or rugby fans, the Millenium Stadium.

Details of current research projects are available on http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/postgrad/funding/p3166/page13543.html. To find further information on our staff and their various areas of interest, follow the links from http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phrmy.

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The Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy has been recognised as undertaking research of international excellence.

The School has a large and internationally renowned academic staff, all of whom have expertise in their own specialist fields. Staff research interests cover a wide range of topics, involving both experimental and theoretical work. Research activity within the Schools fall within a variety of areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astronomy Instrumentation, Condensed Matter and Photonics, Gravitational Physics. The School also has a thriving research student population and each year takes in between 15-20 students to study for the award of PhD, funded from a range of sources.

Current research projects attract multi-million pound funding from sources such as the Research Councils, industry and international space agencies. A number of the School's research breakthroughs have made important contributions to academia and society in general: for example, researchers at the School have produced one of the world's smallest solid-state micro-lasers, which will ultimately be used to improve genetic analysis microscopes in medicine and gas-sensing technology in environmental pollution control. The gravitational physics team at Cardiff were part of the international consortium responsible for the gravitational wave discovery in 2016.

The School is based in the Queen's Buildings, a £35 million complex that also houses Engineering and Computer Science, and offers some of the most modern facilities in the British university sector, including well equipped laboratories, a library, computing and astronomical observing facilities. The School is close to the city centre, the Students' Union and other university buildings.

Funding is available through a variety of sources and where applicable, will be specified on the project description.

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Cardiff School of Psychology is a long established and well resourced department; it is one of the largest departments of psychology in the United Kingdom and enjoys an international reputation in many areas of its activity. It was awarded teaching 'excellence' status following the latest teaching quality assessment exercise carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council. In terms of research, the School is ranked among the very top departments of psychology as a result of achieving a 5*A rating in the 2001 government-sponsored Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). In the Times Higher Education Supplement, the School also topped the league of all UK psychology departments.
The School boasts state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. In addition to staff rooms, extensive workshops and lecture rooms, the School has extensive air-conditioned and sound-proofed laboratories connected by video and data links, a television studio, anechoic chamber and virtual reality laboratory. The Neuroscience Laboratory has facilities dedicated to addressing some of the behaviour associated with the fine structure of brain function and of explaining the loss of higher-level mental functions due to disease and illness. The School has also recently opened a purpose-built computing laboratory with 140 workstations and state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities, and a suite of laboratories dedicated to the study of human perception and electrophysiology.
The School is committed to producing high-quality research across a wide range of contemporary psychology. Academic staff in the School are grouped within three broad areas: Biological, Cognition and Social Psychology. Within each area, sub-groups have been formed to reflect particular specialisms, such as Child Development; Health and Mental Health; Language Acquisition and Processing; Thinking, Reasoning and Learning; Memory and Cognition; Neuroscience of Learning and Memory; Perception and Performance and Social Psychology. The School also has strong collaborative research and teaching links with local Hospitals, Mental Care Units, Forensic Psychiatric Services and Prisons.
At postgraduate taught level, the School offers three programmes: a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a Qualifying Diploma in Psychology. Each of these courses has been designed to provide training for students who ultimately want to become Chartered Psychologists.

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Cardiff University School of Social Sciences is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas including sociology, policy studies, criminology, education and social work. We take an interdisciplinary approach to the Social Sciences to create a dynamic and engaged teaching and research environment.
We are home to a number of world-leading research centres, and these engage across a range of research themes. Our students have the opportunity to work with and learn from world class scholars, alongside students from across the world. The School has a thriving postgraduate research community, with both PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes. We also offer a number of courses for professional development.
There are a variety of sources of funding support available for full-time research students (please see our web pages for more information - http://tinyurl.com/cusocsiphdfunding). This includes an annual ESRC funded studentship competition that funds a number of students per year.
Research students are able to gain some undergraduate teaching experience by assisting with tutorials, practical classes, and student projects. Students receive formal training before they undertake these duties.

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Based in the heart of the Welsh capital, Cardiff School of Welsh is one of the oldest departments of Welsh in Wales. Through its innovative and socially-relevant research, however, the School is playing a key role in the development of Welsh in the 21st Century. The School achieved a Grade 5 ranking in the most recent government-sponsored assessment of research quality (Research Assessment Exercise 2001), indicating research of international and national excellence and is also highly rated for the quality of its teaching.

Research in the School can be undertaken through the medium of Welsh or English. Staff research interests include the history and development of the Welsh language, Welsh literature, Welsh Ethnological Studies, Welsh American Studies, Dialectology, the social and international aspects of language planning and policy, and the Welsh diaspora. Students can study for the awards of MPhil and PhD and a limited number of part-funded bursaries are usually available.

The School of Welsh has a particularly strong reputation for its research in literary and cultural studies. Research on Welsh identity and cultural interpretation, both medieval and modern, is being used to address core issues facing Welsh society today. The School is also a consultant to the Welsh Assembly's Welsh Teaching Project in Patagonia, Argentina. In addition, the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies was established in early 2001 in order to promote the study of the culture, language, literature and history of the Welsh in the United States, Canada and Patagonia.

In the field of language planning, the School’s work has had an impact not only on language planning in Wales, but also internationally, in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Slovenia and Japan. Performance studies, translation studies, and popular culture and religion are also the focus of innovative research within the School. Creative writing is taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels by prominent, award-winning writers and literary critics.

Cardiff School of Welsh has excellent teaching and research facilities. Since 1886, Cardiff University has been the home of the Salisbury Library, a major research collection of over 50,000 Welsh and Celtic books, pamphlets and periodicals, and significant archival holdings, especially relating to the educational and cultural life of south-east Wales. Through its research and teaching, the School has forged close links with the community, including the Museum of Welsh Life and the growing Welsh-language media, which is centred in Cardiff.

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