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Cardiff University has a long tradition of welcoming students from Libya. Students are enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and English language programmes within the University.

The University has developed a good understanding of the Libyan education system and is a recognised institution by the major sponsors in Libya.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete the Secondary Education Certificate with an overall average of 85% and at least 85% in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have good A-level scores or the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to be considered for admission on to Cardiff University's undergraduate degree programmes.

Postgraduate taught courses

If you have completed a four year undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, from a recognised University, you will be considered for entry to Cardiff University's postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate research programmes

To be considered for postgraduate research courses, you will be required to have a good master's degree from a recognised university in Libya.

English language

A relevant English Language Qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Staff from the International Office regularly visit Libya each year. For information of our next visit please email

Currently we do not have any in-country representation in Libya.

If you need help or advice with your application please contact the International Office. Email:

Khaled Rmali

Khaled Rmali

Course Title: PhD - School of Medicine
Country: Libya

Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Employer: Tripoli University

Based in Tripoli University - the main university in Libya, the combination of being a research academic and clinical practitioner has made Khaled extremely sought after professionally. He says that the academic strength of Cardiff's Medical School was what drew him here in the first place. His plans for the future are to develop a PhD programme similar to the one he studied under in Cardiff.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Tell me a little about your PhD research in Cardiff University.

My PhD revolved around tumour metastatis, angiogenesis and colorectal cancer. I worked specifically on the colorectal molecule. We learnt that the tumour angiogenesis is one of the most common causes of the metastasis of cancer from organ to another. I was very happy to be able to do research in Cardiff University. I was working with the metastasis and angiogenesis cancer research group at the Department of Surgery in Cardiff University where a lot of experts and very good teams are working on this. I had modern clinical education and access to international journals before my PhD Viva. The easy availability of advanced research and scholarly articles were just one of the strengths of Cardiff University. I was very happy to do my PhD with published authors.

Is that why you picked Cardiff? Because of our cancer research department?

Yes this was one of the reasons. The other reason was because of the 7th place RAE ratings. The people in my research group had such strong academic backgrounds with numerous international publications and research that it was one of the most persuasive reasons for coming to Cardiff.

How did that PhD help you in your current job?

To be very frank, when I first arrived in Cardiff, my knowledge of Tumour Biology was minimal. We don’t have that many research fellows in Libya. Clinicians here mainly deal with patients and advise them on their illnesses, but not many invest time and funds on research. This is a big benefit to me as a clinician because I’ve got double qualifications and thus have a wider background to do both clinical work and research. My qualifications are much sought after. I’ve learnt how to serve, how to identify and solve problems and how to document new discoveries. This has raised my research knowledge and is something I can add to my professional CV.

Life after Graduation
Tell me about your job as a clinical lecturer, what are your responsibilities?

I am teaching in the tumour biology and cancer in the Department of Surgery and in particular, I research colorectal cancer. On a daily basis I see patients in the morning and in the afternoon I’ll go with students to see patients and have discussions with them about the cancer cases. This is my specialism that I researched at PhD level in Cardiff. I deal with both general cancers and colorectal cancers. Sometimes I get involved in meetings and seminars too.

Are you working on any research projects at the moment?

I’m currently working with a group from the Misurata International Cancer Research Institute. We have two national cancer institutes – one in both the east and west of Libya. We do cancer research and look into the lifestyles of patients and see if we can glean any useful information from there.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I feel great when I deal with diseases. On the 4th of February we celebrated the National Day of Cancer in all the wards. I feel that it’s enjoyable when I’m dealing with the kind of disease that is the leading cause of deaths in the world. I feel greatly satisfied when I research new medicine, trying to find causes and overcoming them. It’s a great opportunity.

What are your mid-term and long term goals with regards to cancer research?

With regards to our mid-term goals, first and foremost, we are trying to improve cancer screening in Libya. It is currently not working efficiently enough, resulting in patients detecting their cancers at very late stages. What we are trying to do is be able to screen cancer patients at the early stages of cancer before it becomes too late. Our researches are trying our best to sort out all the problems.

Any words of wisdom to Libyan prospective students?

Anyone who is about to come to the UK on an academic scholarship, I tell them to come to Cardiff for two reasons. The first reason is for the university and its reputation, the second is for the city. It is one of the friendliest, quietest, nicest ones around. Cardiff people are helpful people. In my 4 years, I never had any major problems in the city. I’m always encouraging people to come here for those reasons.

Come to Cardiff for two reasons. The first reason is for the University and its reputation, the second is for the city. It is one of the friendliest, quietest and nicest ones around.

Student views

I wanted to complete my MBA from an internationally recognised university. Cardiff was on top of my list, as a renowned university for a great academic environment and plenty of learning opportunities.

Faisal Ibne Wali, Master of Business Administration

The cost of living is just right for your pocket; you can have an enjoyable time both socially and academically.

Kajal Shah, MPharm Pharmacy

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Cardiff Contact - Rhys Evans

Hello. I’m Rhys Evans and I am the University’s Country Manager for Libya.

My role involves guiding and assisting students applying to Cardiff. I also work closely with Embassies and other partner organisations of the University.

If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me.



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