Research course

Social Sciences

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For entry requirements please see our website.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our PhD programme is characterised by a strong focus on research training leading to theoretically-informed research that advances academic and policy debates.

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

The School of Social Sciences has the following research themes that represent the School’s main areas of expertise. There is also the opportunity for interdisciplinary research. We encourage applications in all these areas:

Research students join a vibrant academic and research environment with supervision by leading experts in their field.

We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus; and offer research opportunities for postgraduate study in sociology, social policy, criminology, science and technology studies, social work and education (see full list below). We welcome students who wish to pursue their studies in an interdisciplinary way. We collaborate with major universities and international agencies around the world, as well as with local policy makers and practitioners.

Our research environment includes a wide range of active research groupings, seminar series, and informal study groups. Our PGR Café - a student-led initiative - provides a unique intellectual forum and support network for those pursuing doctoral studies.

We are delighted to be part of the Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Wales DTP), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-84 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries