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Our PhD students benefit from a dynamic research environment and a strong focus on research training.

There are different options of study:

  • 3-4 years full-time PhD
  • 5-7 years part-time PhD
  • 1-2 years full-time MPhil
  • 2-3 years part-time MPhil.

We offer supervision on a range of research themes, representing the School’s main areas of expertise, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary research. We encourage applications in the following areas:


Funding may be available for your PhD through a studentship.

We are delighted to be part of the Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Wales DTP), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Each year we are able to offer a number of ESRC funded awards within the following ESRC pathways:

  • criminology
  • digital economy and society
  • education
  • Science and technology studies
  • social policy
  • social work and social care
  • sociology.

Some of these studentships are funded in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations. As part of the DTP funding opportunities there is provision to follow a PhD programme that involves a one-year MSc in Social Sciences Research Methods, followed by 3 years of PhD research.

Occasionally, we also have opportunities for other studentships available from a range of other funding sources, such as Health and Care Research Wales.

Explore all current funding available through our postgraduate funding pages.

The facilities are fantastic and we as PhD students are treated like part of the academic community and given a nice space in which to work. The experience has been refreshing because we are given enough freedom to work in the way which suits us best but enough guidance to keep us on track.

Jessica Abrahams PhD Social Sciences