Research course


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. 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.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Programme Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise in subject-specific and generic skills, qualifying you for both academic and non-academic positions in a variety of organisations.

Special Features
  • 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.

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Information for international students

Those whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS or the equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
possible months


full time
12 months
part time
possible months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Politics Admissions Administrator
+44(0) 2920 874 588