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Hello everyone! I have been accepted to do a PhD in the Population Medicine department in Cardiff and I was wondering if anyone could give some insight about the University in general and the Department in particular. I have been reading TSR for a while and opinions on Cardiff University are very varied -calling it the weakest within the Russell Group- I do not really care about that. Being a non UK citizen the most important for me is employment rates after finishing my PhD and the reputation of the University in general, more than the position in rankings. Also, if someone knows the Population Medicine department, could you please provide some information about how competent it is in its field? I have not been able to find much information, but even so, I am really excited about the opportunity.
Thank you very much in advance!
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It’s not a great time to be joining Cardiff as a PhD student. You may or may not have seen the recent news reports about the University’s financial deficit. This has led to cuts even down to heating. There are some schools in the university merging in the near future and other areas reducing in size. It can be difficult or impossible to replace staff when they leave since the University is committed to cuts. This puts more pressure on existing staff and PhD supervision seems to vary widely. The general support in the University appears underresourced. If you are fully funded and like the PhD then it should be okay but I would not recommend self funding at Cardiff. I don’t personally know how the area you will be based in will be affected by the cuts.
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Hello, I am fully funded and my only task should be to complete my PhD. I am more worried about my work prospects after the PhD
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(Original post by Yellowildcat)
Hello, I am fully funded and my only task should be to complete my PhD. I am more worried about my work prospects after the PhD
How many places offer PhDs in Population Medicine? I can't imagine it's everywhere, so Cardiff employment prospects are not based around Cardiff but around the simply supply to the employment market.

Further, it's a fully funded PhD? Then the awarding body probably did some due diligence to ensure their investment was going somewhere that would use it wisely.

So I'm not sure what you are worried about, you've got a fully funded PhD in a niche subject. If anyone wants population medicine specialists, you've got to be in the best possible position.
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