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Postgraduate Research Experiences

“I studied history for my first degree, and completed an MA in social research after becoming interested in the field while working in the criminal justice system. I’d been working as a researcher for an educational charity studying higher education and employment for about four years when I decided to apply to study for a PhD. I applied for an ESRC-funded studentship at Cardiff because it had an excellent reputation for research into work, education and globalisation, and I was keen to work with a supervisor who was active in my field. Although it’s hard work, I’ve really enjoyed my time so far, especially the opportunities to learn more about other people's research. The school has lots of links to other universities and research groups and is always encouraging students to attend seminars and conferences in Cardiff and further afield – it’s a great environment in which to work.” - Holly Higgins


“Upon first visiting Cardiff my prospective supervisors were most welcoming and helpful, giving me an indication of the quality of supervision that I now received.  In addition, the administrative staff made me feel welcome and took the time to show me around.  In the end, I decided to come to Cardiff because I was thought it would be the right learning environment for me: one in which I could develop my thoughts and sharpen my skills.  I have not been disappointed.  The academic and administrative staff continues to be very accessible and provide support when needed and auxiliary opportunities, such as the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice research seminar series, provides an avenue for intellectual and practical development.” - Rajeev Gundur


“As I was coming to the end of my undergraduate degree in Psychology, I was unsure what I wanted to do next. A friend told me about postgraduate study in the School of Social Sciences and encouraged me to apply. Since I was new to the school and did not know any staff, I was nervous at first. However, from the beginning of the application process to now, I have been struck by the friendly atmosphere in the School and the way in which many different staff members have supportively engaged in my studies. The School provides a stimulating and enjoyable environment for postgraduate study, with many different academic research groups and seminars to support academic development. The postgraduate student body is also very active and puts on regular social events where students can talk about their research and learn from each other in a relaxed and friendly environment.” – Hannah Iqbal


“I have studied at Cardiff since 2005 when I undertook my BScEcon in Criminology and Sociology, here in the School of Social Sciences. After taking a year out upon graduating, and with the enthusiastic support of the criminology staff, I was successful in applying for a 1+3 studentship from the ESRC in 2010. Since the commencement of my MSc and throughout my PhD my supervision within SOCSI has been excellent, offering guidance where needed but always allowing me to find my own research path. The Centre for Crime, Law and Justice runs a welcoming and inter-disciplinary environment for aspiring researchers to present their ideas and to receive constructive feedback from academic staff and fellow students.” – Wil Chivers