Research degrees

Join a thriving academic community dedicated to producing world-class research in the field of Politics.

The Department of Politics and International Relations has an exceptionally strong research culture with an excellent reputation for research quality, attracting a growing number of grants. We pride ourselves on creating the engaging environment for postgraduate study, with enthusiastic supervision by highly motivated academic staff and excellent facilities.

We offer full and part-time PhD and MPhil opportunities, and supervision is available across a wide range of research topics, broadly categorised into the following themes:

You will write a research proposal as part of the application process. Guidance on writing a research proposal is available.


Visit us

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. The next annual open day will take place in November 2014.

Find out more about the open day and other visit opportunities

Funding opportunities

In addition to Cardiff University Scholarships, funding may also be available from a number of research bodies or organisations. Postgraduate research grants provide financial aid to help you complete your studies and can also help fund your attendance of conferences and research events.

View all funding opportunities
General funding and fees information
Funding and fees for international students

Student views

‘I never even considered studying my PhD anywhere else as I always had my heart set on Cardiff! Not only is it a fantastic campus right at the heart of the city, but I am part of a proactive and energetic department which strongly promotes and supports not only research but also the holistic skills that as PhD student you need to gain for your chosen future. I have access to the wealth of knowledge both my supervisors provide but also in the wider department and across disciplines.

I have also been able to take advantage of the opportunities to teach at all levels and arrange conferences which enables me to feel part of helping to shape the department within a friendly and supportive environment. I am loving my time as a PhD student at Cardiff University, and have made some fantastic friends and wider contacts. I can’t imagine studying anywhere else!’

Sarah Gallimore, PhD student

‘Coming to Cardiff University has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my academic career. Lots of seminars and talks are organised throughout the University to create a stimulating intellectual environment and give you the chance to meet people from different disciplines and exchange ideas. Within the School, such events are a great way of meeting the staff and other students.

Doing a PhD in the School gives me all the freedom, time, and space to develop my own ideas and do exactly the research I want to do. As a small city, Cardiff has enough entertainment to keep you busy without distracting too much. Getting around is easy and quick, and as most students live in certain areas it is nice to have friends just around the corner.

Elsie Rietveld, PhD student

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