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The Cardiff School of Social Sciences has an international reputation for excellence in its research.

We are "research led", developing our teaching in sympathy with our research interests, thereby creating a dynamic and engaging curriculum and teaching style.

Nodau'r rhaglen

  • Develop research skills through a programme of in-depth study.
  • Develop expertise in appropriate methods of research and enquiry.
  • Produce high quality research outputs which demonstrate critical judgement.
  • Produce a thesis (PhD thesis approx. 80,000 words).

Nodweddion unigryw

  • Teaching opportunities – the School offers a range of Graduate Tutor roles across its Undergraduate teaching programme.
  • The School has many links with other institutions and research bodies, including Welsh Government.

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Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD, MPhil
Hyd amser llawn PhD: 3 years; MPhil: 1 year; Provision for 1 year MSc in Social Science Research Methods followed by 3 years of PhD research
Hyd rhan-amser PhD: 5-7 years; MPhil: 2-3 years
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Gorffennaf, Hydref

Doctoral students are supervised by two qualified, experience academic staff. The supervisory team guide and advise through regular meetings and support the students through the University's academic processes and procedures. Research students are expected to undertake approved research training during their studies. The general structure of the programme is as follows:

  • Year One: Research methods training and literature review.
  • Year Two: Data collection/fieldwork.
  • Year Three: Data analysis and writing-up.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of written work each year to satisfy the University's progress review monitoring procedures. This will usually take the form of a draft chapter from your thesis.

As well as the supervisors, doctoral students are also allocated a 'reviewer' who will independently assess and give constructive feedback each year on the work submitted for review.

We have developed an interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences which is reflected in our teaching and research. Staff in the School undertakes inter-disciplinary research in the following areas:

Research training is a strong feature of our Social Sciences PhD Programme. Postgraduate researchers usually complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (or equivalent) prior to registration for their PhD. For DTC/ESRC funded students this is mandatory.

Having completed their doctorates, graduates go on to work in a range of fields, including academia, research consultancy, government bodies and charities.

Candidates for MPhil and PhD programmes should have a good first degree (2:1 and above) and/or a master’s degree. Candidates who do not have a master’s degree in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) may be required to undertake some or all of the SSRM programme on the advice of their prospective supervisors or because it is part of their doctoral programme.

Gofynion Iaith Saesneg

A band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

Darllenwch ein Gofynion Iaith Saesneg am ragor o wybodaeth.

Potential applicants must produce a detailed initial outline description of their intended research topic (typically 1-3 pages) which will form the basis for assessing the application, together with the completed application form and references. The research proposal will also be the means by which applicants are paired with potential supervisors. It is important that your writing is clear and concise, and you should not use below a size 10 font.

An outline description of the proposed research should include:

  • A suggested title for the proposed study.
  • A statement of the aims of the research, a context as to why your research is important.
  • A list of the questions to be addressed by the research, ideally no more than 2 or 3
  • A brief summary of research that has already been undertaken in this field, addressing key literature and scholars in your field. Demonstrating a depth and breadth of diversity in the literature.
  • An outline of the proposed design, including information on the research sample and methods of data collection. Try to include a plan for a three year timetable.
  • An indicative bibliography.
  • Implications for wider research, practical applications, policy implications.

Applicants will be required to provide a personal statement and a research proposal.

Personal statement

Before writing any personal statement you must consider and research:

  • Why do you want to do the course/research?
  • Why this subject?
  • Why this university?
  • What academic skills have you got to offer?
  • What personal skills can you offer?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What is the relevance of your first degree to this study?
  • What are your career aims?


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Ysgoloriaeth gwerth £3,000 yr un i fyfyrwyr y DU/UE yn dechrau cwrs gradd Meistr yn Medi 2018.

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