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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

Supporting the work of our Academic Schools and supervisors to provide an enhanced experience for research students.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship for Research Excellence

We are offering full tuition fee funding and an annual stipend to support self-funding full-time PhD international students for up to three years.

Latest funded PhD and other research opportunities

Award Deadline
STFC CDT PhD in Physics: Data intensive science 24 April 2017
PhD in Chemistry: Development of heterogeneous catalytic processes for C-X bond formation 1 September 2017
PhD in Chemistry: Intensification of heterogeneous catalysts during liquid phase operation 1 September 2017
PhD in Engineering: Comparative condition monitoring and tribology of spherical bearings 30 June 2017
PhD in Engineering: Wideband Active Load Pull Characterisation System for 5G RF Front-end Applications 30 June 2017

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