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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.

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
EPSRC NPIF PhD in Engineering 8 September 2017
EPSRC PhD in Physics and Astronomy: Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing 25 August 2017
KESS2 PhD in Healthcare Sciences: Embedding personal responsibility for infection prevention and antimicrobial resistance in acute and community hospitals (EMPEROR) 25 August 2017
PhD in Chemistry: Catalytic nitriding of electrical steels 21 August 2017
KESS2 MPhil in Medicine: Myco Well D-One: Can a new rapid diagnostic test for Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma detect infections?  21 August 2017

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