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Postgraduate research

Our research degrees are focused on student-led, frontier translational research spanning a diverse range of basic science and clinical disciplines.

Optom PGR

Our research covers four themes:

Our researchers work in multidisciplinary teams. This allows them to work collaboratively and share knowledge/skills with people from different scientific backgrounds.

Research support and training

Our PhD students have regular contact with their academic supervisors. All research students have dedicated computer and desk space in an office shared with other students in our state-of-the-art Optometry building.

Researchers are encouraged to take part in transferable skills and personal/career development training at the School as well as at the Doctoral Academy.

Postgraduate research brochure

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences Postgraduate Research Brochure

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences Postgraduate Research Brochure

26 February 2019

Download a copy of the postgraduate research brochure for the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.


Your future

Those who successfully gain their research degree generally find employment relevant to their academic achievement, within six months of graduation. Potential jobs are post-doctoral fellowships leading to lectureships within universities, senior appointments within NHS Trusts, and professional service appointments within major optometric companies, government-funded research facilities (eg synchrotrons), pharmaceutical companies, and other industry.

The facilities here are excellent, with a new building providing bespoke research space. There are many opportunities at a local and international level to present your own research to the scientific community, healthcare professionals and the public. During my time working in practice, I realised the value and impact of research for patients and it is exciting to know that my research will make a difference to the quality and efficacy of eye care.

Tamsin Callaghan, PhD student

More information

Available PhD studentships

Our available PhD studentships page will list postgraduate research opportunities when funding becomes available. Funding normally covers an annual stipend, as well as postgraduate tuition fees at the home/EU rate.


For initial enquiries about admissions, please contact the Postgraduate Research Team. You may also like to read our applications information for research degrees at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

We welcome students from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including biochemistry, biology, biosciences, genetics, medicine, molecular biology, neuroscience, optometry, physics, psychology, zoology.


Securing funding is likely to be an important consideration for you as a postgraduate. There are a few options available, including those offered by us and by external bodies.

Find out more about funding your research degree.

Being a researcher at Cardiff University

Find out more about research degrees at Cardiff University, including researcher support, facilities and our research culture.