Research course

Knowledge, Science and Technology

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) relevant to the proposed research.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Research training is a strong feature of our Social Sciences PhD Programme. Postgraduate researchers usually complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (or equivalent) prior to registration for their PhD. For DTC/ESRC funded students this is mandatory.

The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a world leader in the social study of science, technology and knowledge. It is home to:

Cardiff’s international reputation in researching science, with a specially large group in the biomedical sciences, is based on its sustained track record of research and publication. Since 2001, the Cardiff School of Social Sciences has received over £ 17M in research grants from funding agencies including the ESRC, the Wellcome Trust and The European Research Council. The quality of this research is epitomised by the ESRC’s decision to continue funding the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) until 2012 and a recent european research council grant to KES which runs until 2016.

Applications are especially welcome in the areas of the School's research specialisms. The following is an indicative list of areas of current research activity:

  • Medical Knowledge and practice
  • Biomedicalization
  • Sociology of science and technology
  • Public understanding of science
  • Technology and risk practices
  • Knowledge in occupational socialisation
  • Social aspects of genetic technology
  • Feminist and queer science studies

Further details can be found via our website:

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent required

Qualification and course duration


part time
possible months
full time
36 months


part time
possible months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vicky Parkin
+44 (0)29 2087 0855
+44 (0)29 2087 4175