Research course


Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in Philosophy and closely related subjects. A First or upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent is required. For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.5, or equivalent, will be required. Applications for research degrees should be accompanied by a research proposal. This should include a draft title, rationale (the relevance and value of the research at this time), objectives, research questions and research methods. Applications for Philosophy should also include a 2,500 word admission essay on a Philosophical topic of your choice.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Programme Aims

Offers the chance to pursue a sustained project of research at MPhil or doctoral level. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including a career in academia.

Special Features

  • Funding for attending conferences is offered to doctoral students.
  • There are also opportunities for PhD researchers to teach first year undergraduate students after the completion of an initial year’s study.
  • Regular seminar programmes are offered which introduce students to the research of experts in their field.
  • Training for the development of research skills and for teaching is also offered.

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Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required.

Fees and funding

The School has AHRC funding for Philosophy for the academic year 2013/14. For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see our Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
on offer months


part time
on offer months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office, Philosophy
+44 (0)29 2087 0322