The normal requirement for admission to all Research programmes in the School is a 2:1 (upper second class) degree award, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. However, we consider all individual applicants on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications for the course you may still apply and your application will be considered. Interviews may be conducted to identify and assess the academic merit of prospective students. Full-time students are expected to devote at least 39 hours per week for 46 weeks a year to their PhD work (part-time 21 hours per week). Research students will need to produce and submit a thesis which will be examined by an oral examination. Non-native speakers of English are expected to have a recognised English-language qualification (e.g. IELTS with a total score of 7 and no subsection below 6.5), as the minimum requirement to be invited to interview. Written and oral competence in English might also be tested at interview.
Months of entry
January, October, July, April
- We are centrally involved in pathways in Language-based Area Studies and in Politics & International Relations within the newly established Wales Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). We have a particular range of expertise in European Politics and Area Studies.
- All research students are entitled to call upon a personal allocation of funds which may be spent on legitimate research related activities.
- Our Research in Progress seminar series provides students with the opportunity to present papers in a non-intimidating environment. The series is designed to be preparatory to presenting papers at conferences, and also plays a vital role in the dissemination of subject-specific skills.
- We encourage our PhD students to gain teaching experience, however applicants are asked to note that the allocation of teaching is dependent on which modules are running at an Undergraduate or Postgraduate level and may not be available to everyone.
The Department of Politics and International Relations has an exceptionally strong research culture with a strong reputation for the quality of the research produced and the growing number of research grants it is attracting.
The School offers supervision across a wide range of research topics. The Department is also home a thriving postgraduate community. We are home to the Wales Governance Centre and to the European Governance, Identity and Public Policy Research Unit, attracting visiting scholars from all over Europe and the world.
For a full list of topics, as well as more information about this exciting area of research, please visit http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p332.html
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Politics Admissions Administrator
- +44(0) 2920 874 588