Reasons to choose Cardiff
Cardiff Psychology as a place to work (and play)
Being a large School with more postgraduate students than most other psychology departments, our postgraduates feel part of a vibrant community of bright people with diverse interests. There are several seminars on different topics every week to choose from, and regular social occasions. Each student gets their own desk and new computer, mainly in relatively spacious settings and in newly refurbished offices. Importantly, they also get access to state of the art research facilities, and an extensive resources for experiments.
Students have extensive interaction with staff, with post-doctorate researchers and with other Phd students, both academically and socially. For example, each year the students organise their own conference at a centre in the middle of Wales (Gregynog). The discussions after Friday seminars are often taken to the pub. Other examples include the School band, football team and summer frisbee evenings.
You can also expect to interact with academics farther afield during your PhD. Most students attend both national and international conferences during their time here.
The Graduate Centre is the home for postgraduate students at Cardiff University
Cardiff University is among the few universities in Britain to offer a dedicated facility for its postgraduate students. The Graduate Centre was opened in September 1999 to provide year-round, centrally-located social and study facilities to both taught and research postgraduate students at Cardiff University, in addition to the facilities provided by individual academic schools. Today, the Centre serves as a hub for postgraduates of all disciplines throughout the university, allowing students the opportunity to meet and socialise within the broader postgraduate community, and adding another dimension to life as a postgraduate at Cardiff.
Cardiff as a place to live
Cardiff University has a large postgraduate population and is set in the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with all the facilities of a modern capital. The pedestrian-only city centre and the nearby waterfront ‘Cardiff Bay’ district host many department stores and designer-label shops alongside surviving Victorian arcades and central market. Delicatessens and restaurants provide food and ingredients from many continents. There is a good mix of social and cultural venues for all tastes, including plays at the New Theatre and the Sherman Theatre, Opera and plays at the Wales Millennium Centre, film, plays and art at the Chapter Arts Centre and daily concerts at St. David’s Centre. We are also only 45 mins from Bristol, and hour from Bath, and just over 2 hours from London.
For the sports fan, there is the Millennium Stadium, the Glamorgan Cricket ground, the Cardiff City football club, the Blues and Cardiff Rugby teams and the Ice Hockey Rink. There are plenty of friendly bars and clubs where you can celebrate the successes of your PhD research work, as well as recharge your batteries after the occasional setback! Cardiff is home to several beautiful parks, and is only a stone’s throw away from the Wales heritage coastline and countryside including the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Gower Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
What current students say about their reasons for choosing Cardiff
“Cardiff seemed like a more friendly environment that was still as academically impressive as other institutions I had looked at.”
“It is by far the largest department I have been to. This means that there are facilities and expertise that you can call upon that you would not get in a smaller department.”
“Many students like doing outdoors stuff and its close to Brecon Beacons and Gower. Also coming from Scotland myself, I was excited about being only 2 hrs from London, and near Bristol and Bath.”
“Excellent researchers, very welcoming and warm. Nice sense of community.”
“Good sources of additional funding (e.g. for conferences and participant expenses). Amazing size of participant pool!”
“An excellent speaker programme”
“We have a very good appraisal process that makes sure that PhD students don't get lost (e.g. not finish their PhDs).”