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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.

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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 Engineering: Quantifying the interactions and effects of joint function, pathology and pain in end-stage OA to understand why Total Knee Replacement (TKR) outcomes vary 30 June 2018
EPSRC NPIF PhD in Chemistry 31 August 2018
KESS2 MPhil in Computer Science and Informatics: Awareness and monitoring of personal mobility to improve quality of living at home for the elderly 30 June 2018
PhD in Neurogenetics and Inflammation: Investigating the relationship between Inflammation, Pain and Depression in Patients with Parkinson’s disease 15 June 2018
KESS PhD in Mathematics: Improving usability and acceptability of mobile health applications for congestive heart failure patients through machine learning and mathematical programming 5 June 2018

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