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Information for Prospective Research Students

Are you thinking of applying for a research degree?

Cardiff University is an excellent choice, not only because we have an outstanding record of achievement in research, but because of the excellent support available to our postgraduate researchers.

You can visit our course finder to locate Academic Schools in which your research interests are represented.

In addition to your Academic School and perhaps a research group, you will be part of the wider University Graduate College community. The University Graduate College was created to enhance the experience of postgraduate research students and to support those academic staff who are supervising research degrees.

A research degree is intellectually stimulating, challenging and unlike other forms of study at the University. For that reason, the University Graduate College runs ‘Starting Out’ induction sessions in October and at each of the additional enrolment points (January, April and July). This event will introduce you to the nature of the research degree, the University support for your research and career development, and to the individuals who will become your friends, colleagues and perhaps even collaborators – other research students.

Whilst undertaking your research project, you will also have the opportunity to develop the wider professional skills which are essential for a career in academic, industry, public sector or third sector. This skills development activity is packaged as the University Graduate College Programme; a package of support that was shortlisted in the 2010 Times Higher Education Award for “Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers”.

A wide range of workshops are available – from research skills and techniques that complement the training provided at School and research group level to broader areas of research management and professional development. A key feature is the provision of opportunities to explore career options, both within and outside of higher education. You will be guided by your supervisor in selecting appropriate workshops. In addition to courses, the University Graduate College enables researcher development by providing opportunities for involvement in student-led conferences and for obtaining funding for student-led interdisciplinary activities which enhance the research environment.

At Cardiff University, postgraduate researchers are partners in the development of the University Graduate College – they are members of its Programme Teams and Board and there are biannual meetings of the Postgraduate Research Representatives Forum.

In addition to the excellent facilities available in Schools, you have access to the Graduate Centre which offers communal social and study space. During 2013, the University Graduate College offices will be moving to the new Hadyn Ellis Building, which incorporates space for our training events and conferences, additional work space for research students and valuable community space for networks of researchers to meet.

For more information for prospective students, please visit our dedicated pages, where you will also find information on available funding.