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Social computing

This priority area is underpinned by activities of the Social Data Science Lab and the Mobile and Social Computing Lab.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area


The School of Medicine offers research degrees in the medical disciplines such as cancer, immunology, infection, immunity, neurosciences, mental health and population medicine.

PhD, MPhil, MD Full-time, Part-time Programme

Text and data mining

In this priority area, we are especially interested in applying text and data mining in the areas of healthcare, policing, life sciences and social sciences.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Human factors technology

Human factors technology is dedicated to understanding and improving the way people use technology in information environment. It focuses on automated mining, structuring and integration of digital information (including text, voice, music and images), facilitating human-computer communication, and studying human behaviour by utilising sensor informatics.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Data privacy and cybersecurity

Examples of our research in cybersecurity include the machine classification of malware in various forms (eg binary executables and web links), mathematical models for the quantification and forecasting of network security risk, security of industrial control systems (eg SCADA systems), and Cloud security.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Distributed and parallel systems

This priority area is interested in compute-intensive and data-intensive multidisciplinary applications spanning traditional computational science and the emerging area of big data science.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Computer Science and Informatics

Studying for a PhD or MPhil at the Cardiff School of Computer Science and Informatics offers you the opportunity to become part of a strong, dynamic and internationally successful research school.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Programme

Knowledge representation and reasoning

The field of knowledge representation and reasoning is concerned with systems for automated reasoning in the context of artificial intelligence. Our focus in particular is on: defeasible and inductive reasoning, argumentation, qualitative spatial reasoning, epistemic reasoning and knowledge acquisition.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Visual Computing

Our research in visual computing spans a wide range of topics in the fields of computer vision, computer graphics, geometric computing and both image and video processing. A significant theme in our work considers the input, description and editing of solids, surfaces and curves. These are represented analytically, as CAD models and as meshes. Other aspects of our work include the analysis, use and generation of static data such as images, surface meshes and 3D depth scans, as well as time-varying data such as video and 4D scans of moving objects. Our expertise in this area has been applied to problems from a range of disciplines including engineering, earth sciences, psychology, biology, medicine and even quantum control.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Quantum technologies and engineering

Quantum technologies and engineering (QuTeE) focuses on modelling and control techniques to engineer quantum devices and processes. We work on techniques to design, control and optimise the behaviour of quantum processes based on methods to model and simulate quantum systems, characterise their behaviour by parameter and model learning, and visualise and analyse measurement signals.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Area

Studying human neuropsychiatric disease in DLG2 deficient human neurons

This PhD project in Medicine tries to understand DLG2’s role during neural development and in mature neurons using variety of techniques.


The molecular basis of cognitive flexibility

This project examines transcriptomes in key brain regions at critical periods to determine the molecular bases of flexible behaviour.


Investigating peroxisome dysregulation in Alzheimer’s disease

In this project you will first determine how peroxisomes respond to the specific pathogenic proteins associated with AD in vivo.


Targeting LAG3+ T cells for Cancer Immunotherapy

This study will look at the control of adaptive immunity in health and inflammation by human blood and mucosal gamma/delta T cells.


Investigating the childhood neurodevelopmental origins of adult mental illness

This PhD utilises new data generated by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award between Cardiff and Bristol Universities to test hypotheses on why child NDDs show links with later adult mental illness.


Flexible vectors for immunotherapy against cancer and pathogens

This project aims to determine pathways that can drive the growth of particular types of NK and T cells that are optimised to provide better protection from disease. We will use cytomegalovirus and leukaemic cells as systems of analysis.


Enhancing immune stimulation for novel anti-cancer viral vaccine vectors

We will combine cutting-edge proteomics with molecular virology and immunology to determine how HCMV induces such strong responses, enabling us to generate optimised vaccine vectors.


Optimizing adult mental health outcomes in children with neurodevelopmental problems: interplay of social and genetic factors

This PhD project provides a unique opportunity to develop advanced methodological and analytic skills in the field of developmental psychopathology.


School experiences in children at high genetic risk of mental health problems

This project will provide important insights into why children with a genomic disorder struggle in school.