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.
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.
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.
Course Title: BSc Business Management
Year of Graduation: 2016
Nour comes from Jordan and is in her second year of her Business Management degree. After graduating she hopes to carry on with a postgraduate degree. In this summer Nour will be completing an internship, which she hopes will continue into a graduate scheme after she finishes her post graduate degree.
As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?
Cardiff University has a strong reputation, as a member of the Russell group. When doing my research for universities to apply for, Cardiff captured my attention as a city that has so much to offer. The student population is high, and there is something for everyone. I chose Cardiff because of its diversity.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
I am studying Business Management. The course differs from classes back at home as it offers a vast amount of career opportunities. It holds talks by entrepreneurs, career information sessions and even career fairs. The course also offers a scheme called "Business management with integrated work scheme". This gives people the opportunity to go on placement during the second semester of their second year. Besides the great career support, the course also ensures application of theory, through independent or group coursework, or sometimes even through promoting related opportunities locally.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
I have definitely enjoyed my studies, however I have enjoyed the extracurricular activities the most! Cardiff University offers a variety of societies and clubs, and even career related extracurricular activities, which are a great way of making friends and learning new skills.
Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
The best thing about living in Cardiff is the friendliness of the city. Cardiff also has a very high student population and great sights such as the Cardiff castle, St. Fagans or Pen-y-Fan.
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
I am a member of the Tennis society and photography society. During my first year at university I was also part of the Model United Nations Society. Being part of a society is great because you can meet people with similar interests and can establish great friendships! It is also interesting as some societies organize various events throughout the year, visiting areas of Cardiff or enjoying restaurants and pubs in the city centre! It creates a great balance between your academic work and social activites!
How has the University supported you during your time here?
The University’s support has been great even before arriving Cardiff! The university has trained teams in specific areas where students may need help such as financial issues, student advice, career centres etc. The university has supported me with advice when I have needed it and the friendly staff have made any issue I’ve had very easy to overcome! The University has been great at supporting me to develop my career skills, through offering a range of employability events and even work experience!
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
My advice would be to come to Cardiff as it has got so much to offer! The university is great academically, being placed very high in the University rankings, and the city has a lot to offer. I also advise students not to stress about coming to Cardiff, the staff and students here are happy to help with any issues.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans at the moment are to carry on with a postgraduate degree, as I think it would be valuable for career opportunities. I will be completing an internship in the summer, which I am hoping will continue into a graduate scheme after I finish my post graduate degree. Currently I am very career focused, ensuring I make the most out of each opportunity the University gives me.
The university is great academically, being placed very high in the University rankings, and the city has a lot to offer.
Course Title: PhD - School of Medicine
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.