How to apply

​Our academic research degree programme has three starting points in the year: September, January and April. Applications must reach Cardiff Metropolitan University Admissions by the following deadlines to qualify for the appropriate start date:

Academic research degree application deadlines
• 31 May for enrolment in September
• 30 September for enrolment in January
• 31 January for enrolment in April.

Our professional doctorate programme has two starting points in the year: November and March. Applications must reach Cardiff Metropolitan University Admissions by the following deadlines to qualify for the appropriate start date:

Professional doctorate application deadlines
• 30 June for enrolment in November
• 31 October for enrolment in March.

You will be applying to Cardiff School of Art and Design almost certainly because there is a member of staff or a group of staff here whose research connects with your own interest, and who you would like to have as a supervisor (you can have up to three supervisors). Your supervisors will have an influence on the direction your research takes, so before you submit your formal proposal, we recommend you approach the person or people you have in mind informally to discuss your ideas and to gauge their interest. Make it clear in your formal proposal how this discussion has guided your thinking. A list of our supervisors, with links to their contact details, can be found here.

Formal applications can be made by completing an application form, which includes a section for your research proposal. Information on completing an application form and writing a research proposal is provided below.

Once an application has been received by Cardiff Metropolitan University Admissions, it is forwarded to the School and considered by a panel of research supervisors, including those you may have identified as potential supervisors. One of the following decisions will be made: (a) to accept your application unconditionally; (b) to accept it with conditions; (c) to recommend amendments; or (d) to reject it. This process is made a lot quicker if informal conversations have taken place between you and potential supervisors beforehand. Applicants should allow between 4 and 6 weeks for this process to be completed.

For further information on what to expect during the application process, view the Application Flowchart here (pdf format).


European (including UK) applications.

Applications can be made using the online Self Service system. The Self Service System enables you to send an application to the university immediately and allows you to attach relevant supporting documents (for example, qualification certificates, references and research proposals). Please take note of the supporting document for research applications which allows you to highlight potential supervisors already contacted and any other relevant notes, for example, potential funding/sponsor details. You must upload a Research Proposal and completed Supporting Document before submitting your application.

For further guidance on applying please visit  Advice for Applicants. Once your application form has been received, it will be sent to Cardiff School of Art and Design for consideration. We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible, but please note, this may take up to four weeks.


International (non-European) applications.

Cardiff Metropolitan University welcomes applications from students all across the world, and recognises a wide range of international qualifications. For information on making an application, including access to the International Student Application form and supporting documents, visit Cardiff Met’s International Student website. Please ensure that Section 12 of the International Student Application form addresses points 1-5 outlined in the Research Proposal section below.

If you have any queries about your international application, contact us at international@cardiffmet.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)29 2041 6045. Once your application form has been received, it will be sent to Cardiff School of Art and Design for consideration. We will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible, but please note, this may take up to four weeks.


Research Proposal

Please include a research proposal with your application form. Your proposal should be a maximum of 1,000 words, and should set out the following six points:

1. Why Cardiff School of Art and Design? With which research supervisor(s) have you informally discussed your proposal? How will their work provide an appropriate and supportive context for your project?;
2. The research topic or question on which you are likely to focus;
3. An outline of the subject area or professional context in which your research will be located, with reference to the particular theories and practices (including names and publication or exhibition dates) that make the significance of your research interest clear;
4. The possible methods by which you plan to address or test your research question/topic, for example, with a practice-based PhD, the mode of your art practice, and the methods you will use to assess and contextualize your practice in the light of your topic/question;
5. A bibliography of all texts and sources cited;
6. Your professional and/or personal reasons for wanting to undertake MPhil, PhD or professional doctorate research.