Students register for a 3-year PhD programme which they can enter on one of three dates during the year (October / January / April). Prospective PhD students are required to complete an online application form. All applicants for a place on the MPhil/PhD degree schemes will be interviewed (special arrangements - e.g. telephone interviews - are made for overseas applicants) and if successful, 2 supervisors will be appointed for each student.
If you wish to work with a particular staff member, or members of a specified research area, then you may indicate this on the form.
There is competition for places and you need to hold a 2.1 or 1st class degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
There is a minimum English language requirement for overseas students of an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub score) or a TOEFL score of 90 or above in the internet-based test. Further information on the University's English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/international/english-language-requirements.html
PhD Studentships in the School are currently funded from several sources including the Research Councils, Industry, Charities or the School itself. These Studentships provide a minimum tax-free stipend of ~£13k / annum. The budget for laboratory expenses may come from the same source as the stipend, or alternative sources.
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The School has a diverse research portfolio and range of research facilities. Research interests embrace a number of themes developed across four disciplines.
Your PhD programme is overseen by Dr Emma Kidd, the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, supported by Mrs Wendy Davies, Postgraduate Research Administrator.