Ph.D. On Campus

Social Sciences

Cardiff University

36 months
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Th PhD Social Sciences programme offered at Cardiff University is characterised by a strong focus on research training leading to theoretically-informed research that advances academic and policy debates.


The School of Social Sciences has an exceptionally strong and interdisciplinary research culture, and offers expert supervision across a wide range of research topics.

Programme aims

The Social Sciences programme from Cardiff University, offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained and independent research project, pursued at the highest level, as MPhil or Doctoral candidates. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including (as for many of our students) a career in academia.

Distinctive features

  • The School of Social Sciences is home to a large, flourishing and interdisciplinary postgraduate community of over 100 research students.
  • The School offers a range of PhD awards suitable to the stage of your career and background.
  • Each year the School is successful in obtaining many funded study awards from public, private and third sector organisations that provide financial and other support to PhD students
  • PhD students have access to a large study space within the School containing personal storage, computing facilities with university-wide connection to email, internet and up-to-the minute, disciplinary-specific, research applications and resources.
  • PhD students are invited to participate in the School’s research community and attend research groups, seminar series and informal study groups to introduce them to - and with opportunities to act as leaders in - contemporary debate and expert opinion in their field.
  • PhD students have access to a suite of excellent training opportunities (including research skills and methods) to support their studies and prepare them for the next stage of their career.
  • There are opportunities for PhD students to contribute to teaching in the School’s undergraduate courses, and with additional training and mentoring, students may work towards HEA Associate/Fellow status.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Year One: Research methods training and literature review
  • Year Two:  Data collection/fieldwork
  • Year Three: Data analysis and writing-up

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a personal statement
  • a research proposal to supplement the summary proposal in the application form
  • qualification certificates and transcripts, with translations if needed
  • evidence of meeting the English Language entry requirements
  • two academic references to be requested by the applicant.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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