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.
Research at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences
The School has an international reputation for research excellence across a range of social science disciplines and fields. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the School was very highly ranked in the UK for the quality of its research, 3rd in Sociology and joint 5th in Education.
The School is committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus. Our research is interdisciplinary, innovative and has impact. The School collaborates with major universities and scholars from around the world, as well as enjoying excellent links with local businesses, public and third sector organisations, policy makers and practitioners
We offer a range of supervisory expertise and potential applicants are advised to consult academic staff webpages. A number of staff in the School undertake inter-disciplinary research in the following areas:
More information about research areas within the School is also available on the School's own web pages.
The PhD Programme
The School offers different options of study: a 1-2 years MPhil, 3 years full-time PhD, 5 years part-time PhD.
UK/EU Funding Opportunities
Funding may be available for PhD study with us through a Studentship.
We are delighted to be part of the Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Wales DTP), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Each year we are able to offer a number of ESRC funded awards. Some of these studentships are funded in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations.
There is provision as part of the ESRC studentship awards to follow a PhD Programme that involves a one-year MSc in Social Sciences Research Methods, followed by 3 years of PhD research.
In previous years, we have also had opportunities for other studentships available from a range of other funding sources, such as the Dawes Trust and the Academic Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC).
International Funding Opportunities
Explore all current funding available through our Postgraduate funding pages.
How to Apply
Applicants should contact the School in the first instance, then submit an online application.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 29.48
Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)Click here to see the results for all UK universities