Research Degrees


There are many reasons why post graduate study may be the right path for you.  Whether it is to enhance your employment prospects, to gain a deeper understanding of a subject you feel strongly about or to provide the impetus to make a change in your life, Cardiff Metropolitan University is an ideal place for this.

WIth a thriving postgraduate research community studying across a wide variety of subjects, Cardiff Met has a strong commitment to undertaking and supporting research at the cutting edge of knowledge exploration.

Research degrees are focused on independent study and candidates work with their supervisors to identify the most suitable programme of study.  The first step is therefore to contact the Graduate Studies Co-ordinator in your intended area of research to ensure we have the relevant expertise to support you.  Details of our academic schools and the relevant contacts are provided below:

Cardiff School of Art & Design​

Academic lead of Graduate Studies: Dr Stpehen Thompson 

CSAD web​site

Cardiff School of Education

Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Steve Cooper​

CSE website

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Graduate Studies Co-ordinator:  Dr Jenny Mercer​

CSHS website

Cardiff School of Management

Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Claire Haven-Tang

CSM website

Cardiff School of Sport

PDR (International Centre for Design & Research​)

Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Huw Milward

PDR website

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Cardiff Met offers three routes for post graduate research study and, in most cases, both full time and part time study options are available.

Following a traditional route, you could study for the award of either an MPhil or PhD.  The MPhil is awarded for the production of a thesis of up to 60,000 words which provides a critical evaluation and analysis of a body of knowledge or an original contribution to learning or knowledge.  A PhD is awarded for the production of a thesis of up to 100,000 words or equivalent, which provides both.

Alternatively, you may decide to follow a Professional Doctorate which combines a taught component with the production of a thesis of up to 60,000 words and a portfolio of professional development.  The suite of Professional Doctorates offered at Cardiff Met is wide ranging and encompasses research interests from across the institution.  A full list of Professional Doctorate programmes is included in the Postgraduate prospectus.

A newly validated Taught Doctorate programme is also offered in the area of forensic psychology.  Further informatio​n on this method of study is provided by the Cardiff School of Health Sciences.