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Social Sciences (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
3-7 Years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Start dates
01 October 2020

04 January 2021

01 April 2021

01 July 2021

Program description

Social Sciences (Research)

Our PhD program is characterised by a strong focus on research training leading to theoretically-informed research that advances academic and policy debates.

There are different options of study:

  • 3-4 years full-time PhD
  • 5-7 years part-time PhD
  • 1-2 years full-time MPhil
  • 2-3 years part-time MPhil

The School of Social Sciences has the following research themes that represent the School’s main areas of expertise. There is also the opportunity for interdisciplinary research. We encourage applications in all these areas:

  • Science, technology and risk
  • Crime, security and justice
  • Education and education policy
  • Health and social care
  • Inequality, labour and the future of work
  • People, place and policy

Research students join a vibrant academic and research environment with supervision by leading experts in their field.

We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus; and offer research opportunities for postgraduate study in sociology, social policy, criminology, science and technology studies, social work and education (see full list below). We welcome students who wish to pursue their studies in an interdisciplinary way. We collaborate with major universities and international agencies around the world, as well as with local policy makers and practitioners.

Our research environment includes a wide range of active research groupings, seminar series, and informal study groups. Our PGR Café - a student-led initiative - provides a unique intellectual forum and support network for those pursuing doctoral studies.

We are delighted to be part of the Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (Wales DTP), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Program aims

The program 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.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, 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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