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Postgraduate study

If you are a graduate already (normally with a 2.1 or 1st class degree), or if you can point to relevant professional experience, then further study may be just what you are looking for. Cardiff is a good place to do it. Our postgraduate students include those who decided to remain with us in Cardiff and others who have joined us from other universities in Britain or overseas, or after several years building a career.

Our graduate students benefit from a substantial library, the university’s good IT facilities, training and support, and from the existence of a designated Graduate Centre. More recently, a dedicated University Graduate College has been established, which provides even more focused help and support. We have a number of ongoing seminar series, with visiting scholars. Induction and training days promote research and presentation skills. Most postgraduate applicants will be invited for interview.

The Department offers full-time and part-time study in two ways: (a) through a structured course of teaching leading to the awards of MA, MTh, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate or (b) through joining our suitably qualified students who are doing supervised research leading to the awards of MPhil and PhD .

Taught study

Due to the smaller student numbers involved, our postgraduate Taught programmes are usually taught by means of seminars. These provide the ideal basis for discussion and an opportunity for students to ask questions. Courses are assessed by written assignments and a dissertation of approximately 18,000 words on a topic of the student’s choice.

Research degrees

Students undertaking research degrees in the Department benefit from strong support, experienced supervisors and excellent resources for graduate study. There are also fortnightly research seminars with visiting speakers and an annual 1-day seminar for all research students in registration.

Please follow the links for more detailed information regarding the Department's postgraduate programmes.