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Social Sciences (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
1-3 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
April 2022

July 2022

October 2022

January 2023

Program description

Social Sciences (Research)

The programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a sustained and independent research project, pursued at the highest level, as MPhil or Doctoral candidates. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including (as for many of our students) a career in academia.

Distinctive features

  • The School of Social Sciences is home to a large, flourishing and interdisciplinary postgraduate community of over 100 research students.
  • The School offers a range of PhD awards suitable to the stage of your career and background.
  • Each year the School is successful in obtaining many funded study awards from public, private and third sector organisations that provide financial and other support to PhD students
  • PhD students have access to a large study space within the School containing personal storage, computing facilities with university-wide connection to email, internet and up-to-the minute, disciplinary-specific, research applications and resources.
  • PhD students are invited to participate in the School’s research community and attend research groups, seminar series and informal study groups to introduce them to - and with opportunities to act as leaders in - contemporary debate and expert opinion in their field.
  • PhD students have access to a suite of excellent training opportunities (including research skills and methods) to support their studies and prepare them for the next stage of their career.
  • There are opportunities for PhD students to contribute to teaching in the School’s undergraduate courses, and with additional training and mentoring, students may work towards HEA Associate/Fellow status.

Admission requirements

Candidates for MPhil and PhD programs should have a good first degree (2:1 and above) and/or a master’s degree. Candidates who do not have a master’s degree in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM) may be required to undertake some or all of the SSRM program on the advice of their prospective supervisors.

For overseas candidates, the minimum qualifications will include a good first degree equivalent to a 2:1 degree at a UK university, and a certificate of competence in English (see below). Work experience will also be taken into consideration when assessing an application.

English language requirements

A score of 600 on TOEFL (250 on computer-based marking) or band 7.0 on IELTS is required where English is not a first language, or for those who have not had a substantial part of their education taught in the English language.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Doctoral students are supervised by two qualified, experienced academic staff. The supervisory team guide and advise through regular meetings and support the students through the University's academic processes and procedures. Research students are expected to undertake approved research training during their studies.

The general structure of the programme is as follows:

  • Year One: Research methods training and literature review.
  • Year Two: Data collection/fieldwork.
  • Year Three: Data analysis and writing-up.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of written work each year to satisfy the University's progress review monitoring procedures. This will usually take the form of a draft chapter from your thesis that is independently assessed by an allocated 'reviewer' who will give constructive feedback on the work submitted for review.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Program delivery

  • 1-2 years full-time MPhil
  • 2-3 years part-time MPhil

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Career opportunities

University, academic and research; transferable skills allow for the development of career paths in any field requiring: clear and logical thinking; detailed reporting of empirical findings; advanced and critical analysis of complex data; the design and conduct of independent research; communication skills, both written and oral; the ability to identify and inquire into complex problems; the application and development of models and theory as these relate to human and social life.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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