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Welcome to our research degrees pages

Dr A.D. Marshall faces a computer generated model of his own head.

Animation of a hierarchical image based facial model and perceptual analysis of visual speech is just one of the recent, successful PhD theses submitted by a Computer Science student.

Studying for a research degree, whether MRes, MPhil or PhD, in the School offers you the opportunity to become part of a strong, dynamic and internationally successful research school.

Research students are at the core of the School's academic enterprise. While you study, we will expect you to contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge not just at Cardiff but more widely, participating in the international environment of your chosen academic field.

As a School we offer you the opportunity to work alongside our research staff who publish widely, edit and review for international journals, act as external examiners both within the UK and internationally, provide consultancy and secure research funding. The School’s research staff work on many interdisciplinary projects, and include members of influential government and professional advisory bodies. Each of our three research areas have strong international collaborations in Europe (including many EU projects) the Americas, Australia and the Far East.

Every research student works under the expert guidance of supervisors with interests and expertise relevant to the research topic. It is their role to advise and instruct you as you work towards your masters or doctorate.

A key element to supporting you while you pursue a research degree with us is our commitment to maintain significant investment in the research environment. The last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) noted the quality of this laboratory and infrastructure investment.

This postgraduate research programme will prepare you for a career as a leading academic or industrial research and development role. Along the way you will be encouraged to publish, before completing an innovative thesis that contributes to academic debate in your chosen field.

We will offer you a place on our research programme because we believe you have the talent, background and initiative to complete the qualification and succeed in these goals.

We welcome enquiries from well-qualified graduates with interests and aspirations that match our own research agenda and who wish to join a successful and prestigious research-led School.

About research opportunities

  • PhD: 3 year, full time study or 5 year, part-time study.
  • MPhil: 1-2 year, full time study or 2-3 year, part-time study.
  • MRes: 1 year, full time study.
  • Qualification awarded by Cardiff University, one of the UK’s top 20 Universities (the Russell Group).
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 70% of our submitted research was considered to be in the two highest categories, with 20% in the highest 4* category of world-leading and 50% in the 3* category of internationally excellent.
  • Well resourced and supported technical and teaching environment.
  • Strong national & international links with other top universities, industry and the public sector.

"My research at Cardiff offered me a rich research experience; great research facilities, a large group of PhD researchers with varying backgrounds and specialisations and friendly officials at technical, administrative and academic levels. There is always someone to talk to when I need help or advice."

Asma Al-Busaidi's PhD was a collaboration with a local NHS oncology centre. It involved health informatics and semantic integration where medical data in patient records are used to customise patient access to health information on the Internet.


More about researching

Read more about working toward your PhD or MPhil in each of our research areas:

or studying for an MRes In Computer Science or Information Systems

Admissions criteria

Applicants must have a good MSc or undergraduate degree, relevant to your proposed field of research and from a recognised university. Normally this would be in computer science, informatics or a related field, and the equivalent of either a 2:1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a masters degree with distinction in the research dissertation.

We are always pleased to consider suitably qualified international applicants. If your first language is not English you must provide evidence of sufficient competence in English. Our standard requirement is an overall IELTS result of at least 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and a minimum of 6.0 in speaking, listening and reading. Cardiff University offers English language courses which can help you achieve this standard and applicants taking these courses will be made an offer conditional on their performance in the exit tests (without requiring a further IELTS test).

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About studying at Cardiff University

For all postgraduate research admissions questions please contact comsc-pgresearch@cs.cardiff.ac.uk