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Cardiff Metropolitan University
The Cardiff Metropolitan University, generally refers to as 'Cardiff Met', has been integral to the City of Cardiff since 1865 and prides itself on being a strong, sustainable and student-centred university, focused on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Cardiff and Southeast Wales. All the University's schools specialise in courses that are career orientated and have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Through work placement programmes, professional accreditations and opportunities to study abroad, their focus on employability has ensured that 94% of their graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.
Times Higher Education (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
Male vs Female
Cardiff Met can trace its roots back to 1865 when the School of Art first opened in the Old Free Library in Cardiff. Since then, the institution has gone through numerous mergers and name changes over the years. Up until November 2011, Cardiff Met was known as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff or UWIC, and this change was due to their withdrawal from the University of Wales.
Cardiff Met is spread across three campuses:
The Cyncoed Campus
The Campus is approximately two miles north of Cardiff City. It houses the Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy, and Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. The campus includes a new purpose-built Campus Centre, student accommodation and has extensive grounds and sports facilities, including a swimming pool, as well as on-site shop, coffee bars and a refectory. The campus also acts as the head office for the Students' and Athletics Union.
During term time, the MetRider bus travels from Llandaff to the Cyncoed campus every hour.
The Llandaff Campus
The campus is located approximately two miles from the city centre, surrounded by numerous parks, playing fields and the historic village of Llandaff. This is a busy and bustling campus and is the home of the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences, Cardiff School of Management and the Cardiff School of Art and Design.
Cardiff Met has recently invested millions of pounds in this campus to offer state-of-the art learning facilities to their students. The campus offers excellent sporting facilities, student union, on-site shop, coffee bars, including Costa and Starbucks, and refectory.
The Plas Gwyn Residential Campus
Plas Gwyn, is a residential campus with en-suite accommodation.
Schools & Departments
Cardiff School of Art & Design
Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy
- Department of Humanities
- Department of Professional Development
- Department of Initial Teacher Education
Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences
- Department of Applied Community Sciences
- Department Biomedical Sciences
- Department for Psychology
- Department for Healthcare & Food
Cardiff School of Management
- Department of Business Studies
- Department of Accounting, Economics & Finance
- Dartment of Tourism, Hospitality & Events
- Department of Marketing & Strategy
Cardiff School of Technologies
Cardiff Met is involved in research that is at the interface of new knowledge creation and its application. With a good track record in applied research, supported by a strong base of expertise and advanced scholarship, the university's research has direct applications in business, industry, the professions and the community.
Cardiff Met ranked top post-1992 university in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. This represents a rise of 62 places from the overall position of 103rd in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, with 80% of the University's overall quality profile rated as 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). For impact, the proportion rated as 3* or 4* is even better at 83%.
Cardiff Met offers a range of studying opportunities outside of the UK. This includes the Erasmus+ programme, funded by the European Commission from 2014 to 2020, which allows students to study in an institution within Europe. Erasmus+ International offers grants for students as well as teaching and training staff. These grants contribute towards travel costs and subsistence allowance.
International Exchange is a perfect way to discover new educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year; country partnering with Cardiff Met is: Mexico, USA, New Zealand and Canada. In addition, the Magellan Exchange provides an opportunity for students to study and take part in an internship in another country at an affordable cost.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
The Elite Sport Scholar Award is designed for undergraduate, postgraduate and international students that excel in sport (including performance and/or coaching). The award is based upon a combination of academic merit and sporting achievements. The scholarship consists of a package of benefits worth approximately £5,000 that includes: £1,000 discount from their programme tuition fees, gym membership, strength and conditioning support from UKSCA accredited staff, sports science and sports medicine support, recovery sessions and performance workshops.
The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol offers scholarships to undergraduate students who study their degree courses through the medium of Welsh at universities across Wales.
International Undergraduate Scholarships worth £1200 each, are available to full fee paying international students, studying a full-time undergraduate course. All International applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarships, and so you do not need to complete a separate application.
The Care Leaver Bursary is available to students under the age of 25, who have been looked after by any local authority or foster carers. The bursary is set at a maximum of £1,000 per annum.
Cardiff Met’s Learning Centres combine Library, IT and Academic Skills services and resources to provide one convenient location for study. There is one Learning Centre on each campus.
Library staff will help you learn to locate information within the comprehensive print and electronic collections, and work with you in both individual and group sessions to develop your research skills. The University’s collections are tailored and developed to enhance your learning and research experience, and consist of a range of materials such as digital images, sound clips, documentary programmes and feature films, as well as access to extensive academic journals, newspaper articles and books in both print and digital formats.
There is a variety of social and quiet study spaces within the Learning Centres which are all Wi-Fi enabled and are available to you across extensive evening and weekend opening hours.
The Library & Information Services' Academic Skills Specialists provide guidance on enhancing the skills needed for success at Cardiff Met and developing the attributes that will make you a highly employable graduate. The online guidance resource includes: referencing; criticality; writing skills, researching and more. In addition, they hold workshops to give you a good understanding of each of the different skill areas they covered.
All Learning Centres have extensive PC and Apple Mac open-access computers offering a wide range of assistive, cutting edge and industry standard software, to ensure that you gain experience of software used in your chosen field. The Learning Centres are also equipped with a technology support desk, with the IT Advisory Support Team providing you with expert support, advice and guidance. Open Access computer facilities are available 24 hours a day at the Llandaff Campus.
Cyncoed Campus is home to the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) - the first purpose built indoor athletics track in the UK; a six lane outdoor athletics facility; fitness centre and disability sports centre; floodlit artificial hockey/football pitches; national league pitches for rugby and football; Olympic gymnastics training centre; dance studio; Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) regional indoor and floodlit outdoor tennis complex; multi-sports centre with specialist cricket provision; swimming pool; squash courts; and sports science labs.
Llandaff Campus has a fully equipped fitness centre with cardio machines and resistance stations; a multi-purpose hall for fitness classes; and outdoor pitches for rugby and football.
The Elite Athlete Performance Programme is designed to provide sports science and lifestyle support for students involved in elite level sport within British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS ) or National League programmes. This support includes the areas of physiology, biomechanics, lifestyle counselling, psychology, sports notation, physiotherapy, and sports massage.
The Athletic Union is run by the Students’ Union and provides a quality service for sporting students. It provides ‘Focus Sport’ initiatives aimed at improving sporting excellence at the University. However, for those who want to play sport at a less serious level the Student’s Union runs an Intramural Sports programme; there is 5-a-side football and netball tournaments, as well as other sports on a demand led basis.
Students who wish to participate for recreation or leisure can do so by joining the Sports & Fitness Membership scheme, or by using the facilities on a pay as you go basis. A dedicated team organises various activities for all levels, including the complete beginner who just wants to keep fit and have some fun.
There is a newly opened Cyncoed Campus Centre, which houses the Cardiff Met’s Students’ Union (CardiffmetSU). CardiffmetSU has two Sabbatical Officers and six Academic School Representatives who provide representation services across the University. They attend all official University committees, coordinate the Year Representatives and Course Representatives, and are there to support students across a range of issues.
The CardiffmetSU’s Advice & Support Centre, is here to guide and support you with any problems you may have during your time at Cardiff Met. Their professional advisers offer confidential, independent and non-judgmental information, advice and support on housing, academic and pastoral care.
The facilities offer by CardiffmetSU, include two bars – Zen at Llandaff and Centro at Cyncoed, a Starbucks, a restaurant, and two on-campus shops, one on the Cyncoed campus and the other on the Llandaff campus. The Students’ Union has over thirty societies for you to get involved with, as well as media opportunities with #Cardiffmet Magazine and #Cardiffmet Student Blogs.
Religion & Spirituality
The University boasts 92 faiths from 143 different countries. The Multi-faith Chaplaincy offers support for those with any faith or none. They provide bereavement support, space to discuss spirituality and faith, coordinate efforts to improve cultural cohesion on campus, raise awareness of hate crime and are always a listening ear for when you need to talk.
There are three multi-faith prayer rooms across the campuses.
Health & Wellbeing
The Cardiff Met’s Wellbeing Service is here to support you as an individual to develop your skills and confidence in order for you to get the most from your studies. They are here to support you with any disability, mental health or wellbeing concerns.
Students can book an appointment with a Wellbeing Advisor from the Wellbeing Service Team to discuss any mental health issues that they might have. In addition, students going through a tough time, whether struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or not coping, can now access free online support with Big White Wall, a service that provides 24/7 online peer and professional support with trained counsellors. Big White Wall provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings and learn how to improve and self-manage your mental health and wellbeing.
The Counselling Service is available to help you focus and explore difficulties you encountered in a safe environment. They also offer e-counselling, an innovative, highly accessible service, and convenient way of getting support that fits into a your busy study schedule.
The Disability Service works with students on an individual basis to determine support and direct reasonable adjustments across the university. They offer advice and guidance on a range of matters relating to higher education, and disability and dyslexia.
The University offers a wide range of work experience and volunteering opportunities, including placements, sandwich years and work tasters. Alongside your course, you can take part in extra-curricular activities and roles that can help develop your employability, and professional and personal skills and maximise your potential.
The Career Development Services provides face-to-face and online careers support for students and graduates, and impartial, professional career guidance centred on your individual needs, helping you to identify and work towards your chosen career path and to practise the skills necessary to get that graduate level job. Support includes work experience, an online database of vacation, part-time, volunteering and graduate vacancies, and lots of opportunities to meet employers.
So that you can learn how to plan your career and reach your goals, a comprehensive programme of careers education is provided. This includes resources online, through your course and through a series of lunchtime workshops. Finally, all courses have Personal Development Planning systems adapted to the subject, helping you identify your development needs, reflect on your experiences and record your achievements in a Progress File or e-portfolio.
Cardiff Met is also a participant of the GO Wales project. A project funded through the European Social Fund and is available to students meeting the eligibility criteria, namely: being disabled or have a work limiting health condition; from a black and minority ethnic background; come from a care background; have caring responsibilities, or from a low higher education participation neighbourhood. The support they provide includes finding you work tasters, job shadowing or work placements that are completely tailored to you and to fit around you, your life, your studies and commitments.
Catered and self-catered
Catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Cardiff Met aims to provide a safe and secure environment for students living on campus, with friendly Halls staff available to provide support and help throughout your stay.
The Cyncoed campus has 554 study bedrooms in campus, with the majority being catered accommodation. The halls are set in landscaped grounds and offer the advantage of studying, training and living on campus. Resident students are able to access a vast array of sporting facilities, 24 hour computer lab, on-site laundry and numerous cafes. They are also local shops close by.
The Plas Gwyn campus is located in the pleasant cathedral 'city' of Llandaff, which is conveniently located for students attending the Llandaff campus and only two miles from the city centre. Plas Gwyn consists of 393 single study bedrooms, all of which are self-catered and have en suite bathroom facilities. The rooms are grouped in flats of eight in which students share communal kitchen/dining areas.
Cardiff Met has secured over 650 en-suite study bedrooms in four privately owned halls of residence located close to the campuses. All the halls are regularly serviced by the Met Rider bus service and Cardiff Bus services or are close enough to walk to campus.
The Cardiff Met Rider is the largest student bus service in Wales and offers transport between all campuses and all main student halls and private accommodation areas meaning that wherever students are based it is easy for them to travel around.
The Cardiff Met's Accommodation Service provides a comprehensive service allocating places in halls of residence or helping students to find privately rented accommodation off campus near their place of study.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, the University asks for:
|IELTS||6.0 overall with no individual element lower than 5.5|
|CAE||Exams taken before January 2015 -Level B2 certificate with minimum score 52; Exams taken after January 2015 - Overall Scale of 169 with no component score lower than 162|
|Pearsons||Overall 52, Reading 51, Speaking 51, Listening 51, Writing 51|
|Trinity ISE II||Merit|
Cardiff Met awards international scholarships of £1,200 which students will automatically be considered for.
Cardiff Met boasts over 1200 international students from over 143 countries. The Cardiff Met’s International and Partnerships Team can organise free transport to take you from your airport of arrival to your accommodation. New International students will be invited to attend the Induction programme before the start date of their course. The Induction programme has been designed to provide you with the essential information that you will need before you start student life at Cardiff Met and to help you settle into your new lifestyle.
The International Student Advice Centre offers information on accommodation, part-time employment, finance, places of worship, study skills, and visas and immigration.