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A research degree at Cardiff University gives you the opportunity to investigate a specific topic in real depth amongst field-leading researchers with truly first-class facilities.

Research degrees are focused on independent study. Unlike taught students, you'll work with your supervisor to identify your study needs. Some research degrees include taught elements that focus on research conduct or in depth knowledge required for your project.

Find out more about the types of research degree we offer.

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Postgraduate research

Why postgraduate research?

Conducting research at postgraduate level can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity to explore something in real depth and make new contributions to knowledge.

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Why Cardiff University?

Cardiff is in the top tier of Britain's research universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group.

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Doctoral Training Initiatives

Our research-intensive profile and reputation enables us to secure funding for doctoral education from a wide range of sources.

Images of research by postgraduate research students from an exhibition by the Doctoral Academy.

Doctoral Academy

The Doctoral Academy is a dynamic academic unit to grow, coordinate and support postgraduate research.

Latest funded PhD and other research opportunities

Award Deadline
PhD in Computational Chemistry: Computer-aided design of transition metal phosphide materials for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications 31 August 2018
PhD in Medicine: Developing a screening tool for the late effects of treatment for brain cancers 31 August 2018
PhD in Law and Politics: Two studentships in Law or Politics and International Relations 27 July 2018
PhD in Pharmacy and Parmaceutical Sciences: Biofilm Control - investigating the resilience of dry biofilms to disinfectants 31 July 2018
KESS2 PhD in Biosciences: Dissecting the biomolecular role of Bcl3 in breast cancer metastasis and the design of new interaction inhibitors 13 August 2018

Alternatively you can use our funding search to discover our full range of opportunities.