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New PhD studentships available at School of Law and Politics

12 July 2018

PhD students working together in a library

Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics is pleased to announce the availability of two PhD studentships to support its programmes.

The new scholarships will fund the full fees of two UK/EU students for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. They will also include an annual stipend at the UKRI postgraduate rate (currently £14,777).

The new studentships are available for either Law or Politics & International Relations programmes but it is hoped that the School will be able to allocate one studentship to each discipline depending on the quality of applications received.

Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in pursuing a PhD in any area of Law or Politics & International Relations in which the School is able to offer supervision.  Supervision topics for Law currently include human rights law, mental health law, feminist legal theory and family law while supervision topics for Politics & International Relations currently include Critical Global Politics, Gender and International Relations, Digital Technologies, Internet Governance and Cyber-Security and Development and Post colonialism.

Full lists of areas of supervision can be found on the University’s Coursefinder pages*:


Politics and International Relations

*Please note that supervision topics are dependent on staff capacity and resource. This information is therefore illustrative and not a guaranteed list of topics available for the duration of the studentships.

“We are really thrilled to be able to offer two exciting studentships to our PhD students this year. Our range of supervision topics across our disciplines at the School of Law and Politics is vast and wide ranging and testament to the knowledge and expertise of our staff members. I look forward to welcoming the successful applicants to the School later this year.”

Professor Annette Morris Emerita Professor

It is expected that the successful applicants will start their programmes on 1 October 2018 although there may be discretion to start later in the academic year.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a studentship, an applicant must:

  • Meet the normal entry requirements for undertaking a PhD at Cardiff School of Law and Politics; and
  • Hold an ‘offer to study’ on either the Law or Politics & International Relations PhD programme (either on a conditional or unconditional basis).

Please note that the minimum admissions criteria are as follows:

  • Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject; and
  • For those whose first language is not English, must obtain a score of at least 7.0 in IELTS (with no less than 6.5 in the writing element).

How to apply: New applicants

New applicants must apply through the University’s online application system by midnight Friday 27 July 2018

Please note that you must complete the online application form in full by the deadline for your studentship application to be considered.  Please ensure that you upload: a full research proposal; copies of relevant certificates and transcripts and a detailed personal statement, which gives a strong statement of your research interest, your preparation and understanding of the research context for your proposed project and its significance. If you have experience beyond education that you would like to be considered, it is also advisable to also upload a CV.

How to apply: Existing applicants/offerholders

Existing applicants and offerholders should contact the Postgraduate Research team by midnight Friday 27 July to express interest.

The successful candidates will be notified by the end of August at the latest.

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