Research course

European Studies

Cardiff University · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

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. Further guidance on entry requirements is available on each programme page. 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). 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. 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.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

  • 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
  • Our School Research Seminar and Workshop 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. The School’s three research units provide an additional focus for subject-specific skills training.
  • We play a leading role in language-based area studies within the newly established Wales Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). There is an opportunity to participate in the joint Cardiff/Swansea training programme in language-based area studies.
  • All research students are entitled to call upon a personal allocation of funds which may be spent on legitimate research related activities.

The School 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.

Details of research topics, as well as more information about research in this area, can be found on our website:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
opportunities available months


full time
12 months
part time
opportunities available months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Postgraduate Admissions Officer