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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 Steve Cooper​

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 post-graduate research enquiries please email:  PGRCyncoed@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Research Degree Scholarship

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

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences website

PDR (International Centre for Design & Research​)

Contact: Director of Research: Dr Andrew Walters

PDR website

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Cardiff Met offers three 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, which provides both.

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 Postgraduate prospectus.