What we offer


We have a range of options to help you as you start your research journey. CSAD provides opportunities to undertake full or part-time supervised research that leads to the awards of Master of Research (MRes), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Professional Doctorate.

When preparing your application, it is important you identify which supervisor or supervisors you would like to work with and consider how your proposal relates to their subject interests. Please contact the supervisor(s) before applying to discuss your proposal.


A CSAD PhD is achieved through a sustained piece of supervised original investigative research leading to a thesis which can be theoretical and/or practice-based.

Professional Doctorate 

A CSAD Professional Doctorate is a higher degree programme specifically structured to support change within professional practice and/or within an organisation. Cardiff School of Art & Design offers five Professional Doctorate programmes:

  •  Professional Doctorate in Engineering (D.Eng)

  •  Professional Doctorate in Professional Practice (D.Prof)

  •  Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE) 

  • Professional Doctorate in Applied Health (D.AH)

  • Professional Doctorate in Design Management (D.DM)

More information on the Professional Doctorate Programme is available here.​


The CSAD MRes is a taught Masters programme that is designed for students who want to prepare for doctoral level research in art, design and related areas. If you are not sure about your research or do not feel quite ready, it might be useful to think about applying for the MRes first. This extra year (full-time) can save you time on your research degree and can also help you to find a place to study if CSAD cannot provide the expertise you need.

Information about the MRes can be found here.