Research Programme



​​Cardiff Metropolitan University provides a number of opportunities to undertake research leading to either a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You can study for a research degree on a full or part-time basis and this may take place entirely within the university or at your place of work or through a combination of both. ​

We also offer a number of high quality Professional Doctorates which are available in selected areas. Whichever route you take, our staff will endeavour to provide the appropriate motivation, support and encouragement that you need. The Professional Doctorate is a pathway for working professionals who endeavour to influence positive change within their organisation. This Doctorate is different to the traditional PhD pathway in that the focus is more towards the contribution to everyday practice within an organisation, through the proposition of, or implementation and evaluation of, organisational change. ​

We anticipate that our research students will develop a broad range of skills during their training which will be appropriate for a wide range of careers in the public, professional or private sectors.

For more information about Research opportunities please click here Cardiff Met Research.

Applications for Research programmes should be made directly to the Admissions Unit through our Self Service Application System. Applications can be made at any time throughout the year.​​

Research Proposal


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 debate or subject area 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 or PhD research. If appropriate, up to six supporting images may be submitted. These should be embedded in this Supporting Document or your Proposal, and not be sent as separate attachments if possible. Make sure the file size of your images is not too large. As a rough guide, 1,200 KB per image is large enough for assessment purposes, and printing on A4. If your files are larger please reduce them using image processing software. If you still have difficulty uploading images to your application please forward them to with sufficient detail to ensure this is added to your application.


Please provide an outline research proposal of around 1000 -1500 words. Your proposal should include a working title, a clear explanation of the research area and context with reference to key literature, your proposed aims and objectives/research questions, and an outline of the methodological framework and methods to be adopted. Please include a rationale for your choice of topic, including an indication of how the research would make an original contribution to knowledge. Professional Doctorate (Ed D) applicants should indicate how the research relates to their own professional context and how it might impact upon policy/practice. Please cite all references using an approved referencing style. The proposal will be judged on its relevance to the School's research profile and supervisory expertise as well as on its quality and potential as a research study.


Please provide an outline research proposal (maximum of 1500 words). Your proposal should include a working title, some background information on the subject, the main aims of your research question, the principal methods to be adopted (including any specialised equipment requirements where known) and any ethical issues associated with your research. Please cite references in the background and list all cited references. We will use this information to ensure that the proposal fits with the School's research profile and that the necessary equipment and supervisory expertise is available.


Your proposal should be described in a maximum of 2,000 words, using the following sub-headings: 'Research Question' and 'How your proposal relates to published work in this area'. You should also submit a 'Reference Section', which is not included in the word count.


Please submit an outline of your intended research area. You should indicate the rationale for the project, the main research question or hypotheses and the research design that you would follow. You should also include the related methodological approaches that you would take and refer to the key literature in this area. This should be around 1500 words and will form the basis for discussion with potential supervisors.


Please provide a brief outline of your research topic/subject. The proposal should be up to 1000 words and should describe the research topic/question on which you are likely to focus and an outline of the debate/subject area in which your research will be located (making the significance of your research interest clear). You should also include a Reference Section (not included in the word count) and your professional and/or personal reasons for wanting to undertake this research.

Making an Application

Applications are made online through Self Service.  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. You must upload a Research Proposal and completed Supporting Document before submitting your application.

You can save your application and return to finish it at a later date. Once submitted, you can log in to check its status and see when a decision is made.



Debtors to the University who make a new application will be considered and providing requirements for entry are met, will be offered a place. However, this offer will be dependant on either the debt being cleared before the start of the programme, or an agreement established with Finance concerning payment.

Applicants can contact Finance concerning outstanding debt by either:
Email:; or
Tel: 029 2041 6083

Further information on the University's Debtor Policy and Procedure, click here.

Bad Academic Standing

Applicants who have left the University in bad academic standing i.e. without successfully completing the year of study upon which they were last enrolled are expected to inform the Admissions Unit when considering reapplying, before an application is submitted. Applicants will be considered once the information on the bad academic standing has been received and verified. The final decision on acceptance will be made by the two Programme Directors concerned with your past and proposed study.

Enrolment Intakes

If you are considering applying for one of our research programmes you may wish to note that we have three research intakes.

Autumn Term
28th September 2015

Spring Term

11th January 2016

Summer Term
11th April 2016

You should apply for your preferred start date and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Enrolment & Induction: Spring Term & Autumn Term

Visit for up-to-date details with regard to enrolment.

Please note that you must have applied to and received an offer from us before you can enrol.

Useful Reminders

Disclosure and Barring Service (selected programmes only)
If you have received an offer which includes a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) pack you should complete and return the DBS information as soon as possible as this process can take around 6 weeks to complete.

Remember to send in proof of your qualifications
If you have received an offer, you should send proof of your qualifications to the Admissions team for verification.

Met the conditions attached to your offer?...Don’t forget to let us know
If you have received a conditional offer, e.g. that you obtain a 2.1 in your degree, you need to let us know that you have met these conditions so that we can make your offer unconditional. Please send proof of your qualifications to the Admissions team for verification. If for any reason your grades fall slightly short of expectation, don’t despair, contact the Admissions team and we will do our best to help you find a course that meets both your career aspirations and qualifications. 

Joining Information
If you have received an offer (and have met any conditions set) you will be sent your course joining information during August onwards (for September starters) or December (for January Starters) and March (for April Starters). This pack will contain the key information that you need to enrol on your course and to become a student with us.

Changes and Discontinuation of Programmes

The University makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information provided to applicants on programmes offered is as accurate and up-to-date as possible, however University programmes of study are continually revised and there may well be some changes between the time of publication and the time a student starts the programme. The running of University programmes are also subject to numbers in that a certain number of students need to undertake the programme for it to be viable.

Where changes and a decision to discontinue a programme is made, applicants are informed of this as soon as possible so that opportunity is given to consider an alternative programme at the institution or elsewhere. If a decision to discontinue a programme is made after applicants have been offered a place the Admissions unit will make every effort to offer alternatives and provide assistance with finding an alternative choice.

If offered a place on a programme of which the viability is uncertain, applicants with unconditional offers will not be able to enrol until such time as viability for the offered period of study is confirmed. Applicants affected will receive communication updates and confirmation of when they are able to self enrol.

Terms & Conditions

The information provided below outlines the terms and conditions between the University and applicants to our programmes of study. A binding contract is formed between you and the University when you accept an offer of a place at University. This contract forms the basis of your relationship with the University. The information below provides important information which you need to read and understand before you accept an offer. If you have any queries or questions concerning this information please contact Lisa Bowen, Admissions Manager, on 029 20 416014 or e-mail at

Your place with the University will be conditional upon your applying and enrolling at the start of your programme. Your place will be subject to the terms and conditions stated in your offer letter, the information contained in the relevant University prospects and/or website, and the policies and procedures of the University (available on the website) which are referred to in the student handbook and student charter which will be sent to you when you have met all the conditions of your offer.

Access to these documents and information is provided during the admission and enrolment processes.

Please make sure that you familiarise yourself with these documents and their relevant requirements as failure to comply with regulations could result in the University terminating your offer and or registration.

Any offer of a place at Cardiff Metropolitan University will be subject to your meeting any offer conditions which will be made known to you. These conditions may include requirements to obtain or provide evidence of particular qualifications and satisfy all legal and other requirements to study on your chosen course. These requirements could include health checks, criminal record checks and the provision of immigration details.

The offer may be conditional or unconditional and will be set out in your offer letter. Offers of entry will be made through UCAS for full time undergraduate applicants, UTT for full time postgraduate applicants and by letter and or e-mail for part-time, postgraduate and research applicants.

Meeting the Conditions of an Offer
If you have been issued with an offer which is conditional on achievement of qualifications or other requirements, you will need to fulfil those conditions to receive an unconditional offer. We reserve the right to withdraw the offer or to defer your application to the next year of entry if you have not fulfilled the conditions of your offer of entry before the 31st of August prior to the start of the academic year. Please note that applicants for postgraduate / research are exempt from this deadline.

Changes to an Offer
Once an offer of a place has been given the institution will not make changes unless such changes are deemed to be reasonably necessary. In the unlikely event of an offer needing to be changed applicants are contacted to explain the situation and agree changes.

Changes to the Course
The University makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information provided to applicants on programmes offered is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. However programmes of study are continually revised and there may well be some changes between the time of publication and the time the student starts the programme. The running of University programmes is also subject to numbers in that a certain number of students need to undertake a programme for it to be viable.

If we consider such action to be reasonably necessary, we reserve the right to make variations to entry requirements at the start of every admissions cycle, to vary the contents or methods of delivery of programmes, to discontinue programmes and to merge or combine programmes.

Applicants are informed as soon as possible where changes or a decision to discontinue a programme are made, so that opportunity is given for applicants to consider an alternative programme at the this University or elsewhere. When a decision to discontinue a programme is made after applicants have been offered a place, the Admissions unit will make every effort to offer alternatives and will provide assistance with finding a suitable alternative programme.

Accuracy of Information
It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information you provide to us is true and accurate. This accuracy of information includes accuracy of personal details as errors made in students' names during the admissions and enrolment processes will result in incorrect degree transcripts.

Applicants who do not follow the relevant application procedures for the University, UCAS and UTT, or who make false or fraudulent applications including non disclosure of information, will have their places withdrawn. Please refer to Cardiff Metropolitan University's policy on dealing with applications that include false or fraudulent information; this policy can be found by clicking here.

Health Requirements
The University has a duty of care to ensure that students are not exposed to inappropriate risk. Therefore, for some programmes (for example, complementary therapies, healthcare science, human nutrition & dietetics, podiatry and speech & language therapy) applicants are required to complete an occupational health questionnaire and undergo health checks. They may also have to produce proof of immunisation against certain diseases in order to take up a place and/or continue with studies. This is done to enable us to make an assessment so that reasonable assistance is made to accommodate the individual to the post.

Your offer conditions and or letter will inform you when such health requirements apply.

Disclosure of Criminal Convictions
As a condition of taking your place at the University you are required to disclose on a continuing basis any relevant unspent criminal convictions. For certain programmes where students are brought into contact with children and or vulnerable adults, applicants may be required to disclose all relevant convictions even if spent and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and other checks prior to and post enrolment.

Please refer to for further information

Immigration Details
International students choosing to study in the UK will need immigration clearance. Please refer to the international pages for further information at

Students at Cardiff Metropolitan are required to enrol on line once their place as been confirmed (made unconditional firm) and it is important that the terms and conditions of enrolment which can be accessed here are read and understood. This includes a requirement to formally agree to the terms and conditions, policies and procedures of the University. It is imperative that you familiarise yourself with these documents before your enrolment.

All students are required to agree the method/basis for payment of their fees. We will require students who are being sponsored by an employer or funded by a loan taken out with the Student Loan Company to provide satisfactory evidence of these arrangements and the ability to support themselves during the period of study ( If evidence is not available at the time of enrolment, such evidence must be provided by students within a 2 week period of enrolment; failure to do so may result in students having to pay the fees themselves.

We require satisfactory evidence of your qualifications, including English Language and Maths for undergraduate students. You will not be allowed to enrol unless you provide proof of your qualifications via an original transcript/certificate or a clear legible copy authenticated by the issuing organisation. Please refer to our policy on the verification of qualifications by clicking here. Full time undergraduate applicants for whom level 3 qualification results are received from UCAS will not need to provide certificates.

Where admission to a programme is dependent upon an enhanced DBS disclosure, any registration shall be regarded as provisional until an acceptable disclosure has been received and clearance given. A registration may be revoked in the case of an unacceptable disclosure.


The allocation of places in Halls is co-ordinated by the Accommodation Service. Although priority is given to first year undergraduate students, high demand results in private accommodation being used to house many first year students. Allocation is based on distance and the date of the on-line application. For further information and for details on the accommodation contract please refer to the following

Support for Disabled Students

The University provides an extensive variety of student support to provide assistance with health, welfare, lifestyle and future career advice which includes support and advice for disabled students.

The university welcomes disabled students and applicants are strongly encouraged to disclose a disability or other support needs on their application, so that the University can seek to support any needs throughout the time of study.  It is important that applicants/students discuss their needs with the Disability Service and provide information as requested so that appropriate adjustments can be made.  For more information please refer to

Data Protection

Personal data on your application will form part of your student record. By entering into the contract with us, you are giving us the right to hold and process your personal data including some sensitive personal data. We will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988 and our policies on data protection and data processing. For further information please refer to our Data Protection and Openness policies.