Research areas & specialisms
The School has an exceptionally strong research culture with a strong reputation for the quality of the research produced and the growing number of research grants it is attracting.
We play a leading role in language-based area studies within the newly established Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The School offers full and part-time PhD and MPhil opportunities, with supervision available across a wide range of research topics, broadly categorised into the following themes:
Area Studies (PhD/MPhil)
Comparative Politics, Policy and Governance (PhD/MPhil)
Culture and Identity (PhD/MPhil)
European Studies (PhD/MPhil)
History and Memory (PhD/MPhil)
International Relations & Politics (PhD/MPhil)
Language and Translation Studies (PhD/MPhil)
Literature and Visual Cultures (PhD/MPhil)
Political Theory (PhD/MPhil)
Guidance on Writing a Research Proposal
If you are interested in applying for a PhD in the School, please consult the guidance Writing a research proposal.
Our how to apply page has details of entry requirements, including required English language IELTS grades.
We have an array of funding opportunities available to prospective postgraduate students.
Current and former research students give their opinions and comments on research study in the School on the student experiences page.
Our Postgraduate Open Day will provide you with an ideal opportunity to find out more about postgraduate study at Cardiff as well as experience the majestic surroundings, the warm & friendly atmosphere or the infectious buzz of the city.
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