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). Applicants may be requested to provide their Masters dissertation or other research writing for review. Applicants may be interviewed. 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. Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent. Applicants are also required to submit a Research Proposal (word limit/suggested length: 2,000-3,000 words).
Months of entry
January, October, July, April
- We play a leading role in language-based area studies, and are involved in Politics & International Relations, within the newly established Wales Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
- 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 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. We have particular strengths in international theory, the history of international thought, territorial politics and European and international security.
The School offers supervision across a wide range of research topics. Details of these can be found here: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/Postgraduate/course/detail/p165.html
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Politics Admissions Administrator
- +44(0) 2920 874 588