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Research Degrees

​There are many reasons why postgraduate study may be the right path for you, whether it is to enhance your employment prospects, gain a deeper understanding of a subject you feel strongly about, or provide the impetus to make a change in your life.

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​

Contact: Academic Lead of Graduate Studies: Dr Stephen Thompson

CSAD web​site

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Contact: Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Kate North 

CSE website

Cardiff School of Management

Contact: Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Rachel Mason-Jones

CSM website

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Sport Contact: Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Rhodri Lloyd or for general postgraduate research enquiries please email: ESSHResearchDegrees@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Research Degree Scholarship

Health Contact: Graduate Studies Co-ordinator: Dr Jenny Mercer​

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences website

Cardiff School of Technologies

PDR (International Centre for Design & Research​)

Contact: Director of Research: Dr Andrew Walters

PDR website

Cardiff Met offers numerous routes for postgraduate 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 offers you the chance to critically evaluate a body of knowledge or make an original contribution to your chosen field. The PhD offers you the chance to undertake a systematic programme of work towards the development of new knowledge, and the synthesis of this knowledge within the existing literature base.

Alternatively, you may decide to follow a Professional Doctorate (part time only) which combines a taught component with the production of a final project that focuses on the enhancement of practice. The suite of Professional Doctorates awards 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.

For those with existing connections to Cardiff Met, and who have amassed a significant research portfolio, then a PhD by Publication may be a more suitable route. More guidance on the requirements are provided within the Application section.​