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  Cardiff School of Social Sciences

About the Programme

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP Studentship, to start in October 2022, in the areas of: 

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a 1st class or strong upper 2nd class honours degree, or appropriate Master's degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed. 

Available as full and part-time: ‘1+3' (1 full time year of research training Masters and 3 years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3' (3 years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on applicant the needs.

Applications welcomed by 12:00noon, 4th February 2022. Short-listed to be invited to interview between 23/02 - 01/03/2022. 

Applicants should consider approaching a potential supervisor before submitting their application to confirm there is appropriate supervisory capacity and to discuss their draft application. Descriptions of each accredited pathway are available on the ESRC Wales DTP website.


Studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU and EEA) students. Successful applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.


The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 4th February 2022. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between 23/02 - 01/03/2022. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. Successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2022.



A completed online application form for admission to PhD in the School of Social Sciences (October 2022), submitted by the deadline of 12.00noon, 4th February 2022. Incomplete Applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted. The application must contain (this also applies to Fast Track applicants):

1. Covering letter: Addressed to Dr Mannay, Director of PGR (no more than two pages), setting out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, particularly of those relating to your proposed research. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Academic/Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: No longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: Should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest using the following five headings in your proposal:

  • Title, aims and purpose of the research;
  • Brief overview of the academic literature relevant to your field;
  • Proposed design/methods;
  • Academic contributions of your research.
  • Bibliographic References

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ().

Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 p.a. for 2021/22 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2022 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

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