There are many reasons why postgraduate 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 (Dr Rachel Mason-Jones) with your intended area of research to ensure we have the relevant expertise to support you.
Cardiff Met offers a number of 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 and will need to show an original and significant contribution to knowledge brought about through a critical evaluation and analysis of a body of knowledge. Both programmes can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis and applications must be accompanied by a 2000 word research proposal.
You may decide to pursue our Master of Research (MRes) or a Doctor of Management Degree (DMan). The MRes requires a candidate to complete 60 credits of taught masters modules before undertaking 120 credits of research training and a 25,000 word dissertation. The DMan is our taught doctorate and requires candidates to complete 240 credits of taught masters and research modules before completing a 50,000 word research thesis. Both programmes can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis and applications must be accompanied by a 2000 word research proposal.
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 link below:
Professional Doctorate Programmes at Cardiff Met
The main Professional Doctorate programme offered by the School of Management is the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) although we do accept applications for the Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf) where academic fit and supervisory capacity allows. The programmes are aimed at professional managers from a wide range of business and industry sectors and normally requires candidates to lead a significant strategic management project. Both the DBA and DProf are equivalent to that of a PhD but focus primarily upon identifying how professional practice will change as a result of the new knowledge developed and generated from the Professional Doctorate programmes. Due to the nature of the programme and the need to show a clear and well articulated contribution to professional practice, the programmes are only offered on a part-time basis.