If you fall short of the minimum entry requirements for entry to Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes, you may need, under certain circumstances, to consider the International Foundation Programme before starting undergraduate study.
You will need an average of 65% - 70% in Standard XII with 65% minimum in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.
You will be required to have an average of 75% in the best four Standard XII subjects (excluding Hindi and P.E.). If you studied under the West Bengal Board, a lower percentage may be considered.
Postgraduate taught courses
You will need successful completion of a relevant bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with grades of approximately 55%-60% to qualify for Cardiff University's postgraduate programmes.
Postgraduate research programmes
If you are applying for research programmes from India, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.
You will need successful completion of a relevant bachelor's degree from a recognised institution, with a grade of approximately 55% - 60%. Some schools will also require the successful completion of a relevant master's programme from a recognised institution.
A relevant English language qualification is also required even if you have been taught through the medium of English. For students who have obtained an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall, we have a 10-week and 8-week presessional course. Please see pre-sessional pages for more details
If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.
Course Title: LLB Law
Year of Graduation: 2016
Chaitrali comes from India and is in her second year of a law degree; after she graduates she plans to either do a Master's or take a break to get some work experience
As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?
Cardiff University has a great reputation as part of the Russell Group, which instantly drew my attention. The law course was very well ranked and the degree was recognised in my country. Once I knew that I wanted to go to Cardiff University I looked into the city with regards to safety, entertainment and transport facilities. I discovered that Cardiff had been ranked as the best place to live in the UK.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
The biggest difference I found was in the structure of the syllabus. Back home the syllabus was extensive. At Cardiff, there were fewer topics in each module but you were expected to know each one of them in great detail which helps you understand the core of your subject.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
Studying at Cardiff is all about independent study, based on a framework provided by your tutors. This really encourages you to look beyond the textbooks and formulate your own opinion. The second year is actually teaching us ‘how to think like lawyers’ rather than just learn the law.
Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
The best thing about Cardiff is the size of the city. You do not have to deal with traffic, long commutes, and higher cost of living or crime rates nor is it like living in the countryside. It is a perfectly modern, peaceful capital city with access to everything from supermarkets and shopping places to clubs and restaurants all within walking distance or a small taxi ride away, which fits within a student budget.
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
I am a part of the Belly Dancing society and also of the Asian society. For me belly dancing provided an opportunity to try something new and unique. Later I discovered that there were plenty others in the society who were trying it for the first time which made it more fun to rehearse and ultimately perform in the university’s many talent shows. The Asian society organises balls and parties to celebrate all kinds of Asian festivals from Diwali and Eid to Chinese New Year. It helps to combat homesickness during the festive seasons and provides an opportunity to celebrate other Asian festivals. Joining a society is the best way to meet people outside of your course and flat.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
In my first year I found it a little difficult to adapt to the different studying pattern. Hence, I enrolled for the academic and study skills classes which were once a week and organised by the university’s Student Support Centre. They are free and they really helped me overcome my study and exam anxieties. The university also organises plenty of career events and informative talks, some that specifically cater to international students.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
I would tell them not to worry because once they are here they will find all the help they need. My time in Cardiff has been memorable and I am sure it will be the same for them.
What are your plans for the future?
After I finish my bachelor’s degree I plan to either do my master’s or take a break to get some work experience.
My time in Cardiff has been memorable.
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Course Title: Msc Structural Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2004
Current Employer: Ashghal, Public Works Authority, Qatar
Rajeeve has worked on multi-million dollar projects such as the Jebel Ali International Airport, the Raffles International Hotel in Wafi City and currently on the Al-Ruwais Port project costing about $215m under Ashghal - the Public Works Authority of Qatar. Focused on what he needed in his professional career, he came to Cardiff to further his technical knowledge on engineering structures and is now reaping the benefits of his master’s degree.
As a Student at Cardiff University
You did your master’s in Structural Engineering in Cardiff; did the degree equip you with the necessary skills for your job?
Structural engineering is one of the most challenging fields in Civil engineering. A bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering is broader and does not cover certain advanced areas of Structural Engineering. My master’s degree in Cardiff helped me understand the subject better especially the seismic design of structures.
Did you enjoy your master’s?
I had a great time in Cardiff! Living with friends and exploring the culture of UK was a great experience. Last September, my wife and I had a vacation in the UK. I had come to the university but unfortunately it was your summer break so I couldn’t meet up with my professors. But we managed to visit some of my friends still working in the UK.
Life after Graduation
Could you tell me about your current project at the Al Ruwais Port? What is your day-to-day schedule like?
The Al Ruwais Port Project is handled by Ashghal and is situated in the North of Qatar. Ashghal is the public works authority and Al Ruwais is a commercial port. The construction project is ongoing and will last two and a half years. With the current development vision of Qatar, various additional scope was included in the planned project. We are working with marine operations, strategic works for the channel and basins, onshore works, etc.
I have a consultant and a contractor on board my team; they both have very good experience in the Middle East. As a Project Engineer, from the client's side, I have to ensure that we are meeting the standards and requirements of the end users. I also have to manage the change requirements of the various stakeholders as we have a lot going on. Many people are involved, including but not limited to: coast guards, the Ministry of Environment and Port Authorities. We need to make sure that everything is recorded properly and that the contractor has sufficient work to progress at site.
What is the highlight of your career so far? Any projects you are most proud of?
I worked on Raffles International Hotel during my time as a structural design engineer in Dubai. I was part of the structural design team from concept to execution. The project was very innovative and building it in the shape of a pyramid was challenging. As part of my master's, my specialisation was computer-aided design and modelling of buildings to obtain their natural frequencies. That was my background and I could apply my knowledge to various design projects in Dubai.
What important lessons did you learn in Cardiff, academically or socially, do you carry with until today?
During my work after my bachelor's, I understood the need for specialisation to meet the industry requirements. Thus my master’s programme rectified that. It was something I needed to experience and overcome in Cardiff. Understanding the subject matter was my main reason for the master’s and that’s what I set out to do.
Also, because I had always lived in the Middle East and India, when I came to the UK, I was very much more exposed. Everything was different. I had a chance to work in Westbury Homes in Cardiff and with people from different backgrounds. The cultural difference and quality standards were different. It wasn’t always about your performance speed; it was about focus and going through the entire process properly to deliver a quality product. This was a great opportunity for me to learn and attain confidence in my work.
Any words of wisdom for prospective students thinking of coming to Cardiff?
Understanding the right field you need to specialise is important. What I would advise is to properly understand what you want to get into. Doing the master’s was challenging, following which I practiced design for about 3 years. But eventually I stepped into project management and to date, it’s been 4 years that I've been in that role. To choose a master’s degree accordingly, you really have to see what you have a flair for.
And no matter what your master’s programme – there is still more to explore. There is only a short amount of time and lots of knowledge; people should maximise that. You can get so much experience with an additional one year of study and can apply that to your work.
Whenever I speak to anyone, I will say that I had the best time in Cardiff. If you have the opportunity to do a degree in a foreign university, do it. It’s not only about the academics but also about the international exposure, interaction with other students and the overall experience.
I had the best time in Cardiff.