Research course


Cardiff University · School of Medicine
PGDip by researchMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject. In some cases, a medical degree and/or relevant professional qualifications are required. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS) in their English proficiency. Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Diabetes programme represents a research area within the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at the Cardiff School of Medicine.

The programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise in subject-specific and general skills for the development of both academic (non-clinical and clinical) and non academic careers in Diabetes.

Special Features
  • The Diabetes Research Group is among the leading research groups studying the immunology and immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes in the UK, as well as, having a longstanding interest in research to optimize clinical services for children with diabetes.
  • The Diabetes group currently has 4 full time PhD students and 3 MD students. IMEM currently houses 80 post graduate students total, comprising 60 PhD and 20 MD researchers.
  • Supervision by two experienced supervisors. Each student will be appraised according to the School of Medicine appraisal system. Annual monitoring will be carried out by a panel of the same three senior academics within IMEM for the duration of study providing consistency and a target driven research plan.
  • Each student is also allocated a mentor who provides pastoral advice and ensures student well-being.
  • Access to state of the art laboratory and clinical research facilities including the Wales Heart Research Institute, Pharmacology, Endocrinology and Diabetes, with affiliation to Infection and Immunity.
  • Close interaction between scientists and clinicians and mentorship by experienced leaders in their field provides an ideal environment for conducting world leading research and maximise outputs.
  • A Diploma in Biomedical Research Methods is undertaken which is intercalated into the 1st year of study.
  • Opportunity to attend and participate in weekly seminar series within CVM, infection and immunity and monthly at IMEM.

Full details of this programme can be found on our website:

Qualification and course duration

PGDip by research

part time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Prof Susan Wong
+44 (0)29 2068 7000