Research Degrees

Cardiff Met offers a number of routes for postgraduate research study and, in most cases, both full time and part time study options are available.   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.

In the Cardiff School of Management (CSM) we pride ourselves on having a strong reputation in applied research and active engagement with business and industry and can offer you first-class taught courses and leading edge research opportunities.  Our state-of-the-art facilities at the Llandaff Campus provide a great learning environment and enable the School to continue to be a leading centre in the UK for teaching and research in business, leadership, management, tourism, hospitality & events, marketing, strategy, economics & finance and entrepreneurship & innovation subjects.

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 School of Management is an ideal place for yhis.

Research Degree Portfolio within Cardiff School of Management

Within CSM there is a well embedded research culture that permeates across the school. Research not only serves to advance management knowledge, it underpins and enriches our teaching and learning. We offer a range of Masters and Doctorate programmes, these include:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Full Time and Part Time
  • Masters of Research (MRes) - Full Time and Part Time
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Full Time and Part Time
  • Doctor of Management (DMan) - Full Time and Part Time
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Part Time Only
  • Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf)(similar format to the DBA) – Part Time Only.
  • PhD by Published Work (for graduates or current employees of the University of Wales, UWIC or Cardiff Metropolitan University)

MPhil and PhD

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 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 2,000 word research proposal. Read guidance on submitting a research proposal to CSM. 

Further details of Cardiff Met's MPhil/PhD Programmes can be found in the Postgraduate Researcher Handbook

We expect our full-time MPhil and PhD candidates to participate in our Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Research programme which comprises three 20-credit Level 7 modules. This programme is aimed at providing the research candidate with a sound underpinning of various aspects of research in order to support them through their postgraduate research studies.  

Details of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Research programme is shown in the PGCASR Handbook

MRes and DMan

You may decide to pursue our Master of Research (MRes) or our taught research degree, the Doctor of Management (DMan). The MRes requires a candidate to complete 60 credits of taught Master's modules before undertaking 120 credits of research training and a 25,000 word dissertation. 

The DMan 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 2,000 word research proposal. Read guidance on submitting a research proposal to CSM. 

Details of the MRes and DMan programmes are shown in the handbooks below:

DMan Programme Handbook
MRes Handbook

DBA and DProf

Alternatively, for those candidates who are experienced practitioners wishing to focus on leading and developing major change projects in their companies, you may decide to follow a Professional Doctorate which combines a taught component with the production of a thesis of up to 20,000 words and a portfolio of professional development. In Cardiff School of Management, we welcome proposals for our DBA or DProf programmes, which are part of the suite of Professional Doctorate research degrees offered by Cardiff Metropolitan University.  

Both the DBA and DProf are equivalent to a PhD but focus primarily upon identifying how professional practice will change as a result of the new knowledge developed and generated. 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. Applications must be accompanied by a 2,000 word research proposal. Read guidance on submitting a research proposal to CSM. 

Contact

Research degrees are focused on independent study and candidates work with their supervisors to identify the most suitable programme of study.  For general enquiries relating to Research Degrees you can use the Research Degrees enquiries form or contact the Graduate Studies Co-ordinator in Cardiff School of Management (Dr Rachel Mason-Jones – RKMason-Jones@cardiffmet.ac.uk) with your intended area of research to ensure we have the relevant expertise to support you.

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