Global Area Studies: History and Ideologies (and MPhil)

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:36 months
Local:$ 4k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 13.5k / 1 Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1346

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Special Features

* We encourage our PhD students to gain teaching experience, however applicants are asked to note that the allocation of teaching is dependent on which modules are running at an Undergraduate or Postgraduate level and may not be available to everyone.
* Our Research in Progress seminar series provides students with the opportunity to present papers in a non-intimidating environment. The series is designed to be preparatory to presenting papers at conferences, and also plays a vital role in the dissemination of subject-specific skills.
* We play a leading role in language-based area studies within the newly established Wales Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
* All research students are entitled to call upon a personal allocation of funds which may be spent on legitimate research related activities.

Skills Acquired

Our students will acquire a broad mix of generic research skills, transferable skills and subject-specific skills. By generic research skills, we signify the skills that are essential for undertaking any type of research project: mastering information technology, for example, or improving writing styles. Transferable skills are those which improve employability in the broader labour market: these can range from mastery of a foreign language to good communication skills. Discipline-specific skills are more squarely focussed upon the academic discipline you are studying.

Career Prospects

Careers include teaching, universities, civil service/ Foreign Office, European Commission, journalism, business, politics, and NGOs. Our alumni include Huw Edwards (BBC), Neil Bentley (CBI), and Leri Edwards (European Commission).


The School has an exceptionally strong research culture with a reputation for the quality of the research produced and the growing number of research grants it is attracting.

The School offers supervision across a wide range of research topics:

* Africa
* Aid policy
* British foreign policy
* Catalan studies
* Comparative politics and area studies
* EU & European integration
* Europe & the wider world
* Europeanisation
* France
* Germany
* Governance
* Identity policies
* Industrial relations
* International development
* Intercultural communication and conflict
* Italy
* Japanese society and culture
* Labour and management
* Latin American studies
* Nationalism
* National Socialism and Marxism
* Spain
* West European politics


The normal requirement for admission to all Research programmes in the School is a 2:1 (upper second class) degree award, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject.

However, we consider all individual applicants on their specific merits. If you do not have the standard qualifications for the course you may still apply and your application will be considered. Interviews may be conducted to identify and assess the academic merit of prospective students.


Cardiff University has committed to invest a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support Home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible full-time master programme.

The Scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.

For information on funding and scholarship opportunities available at Cardiff University please see our funding and scholarship search.



With over 1400 students and 80 academic staff, we offer a friendly, diverse environment, and personal tutors ensure support throughout a degree course. Regular events, lectures and organised activities provide a lively atmosphere and students are encouraged to get involved.

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