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Admissions criteria

Typically, you will hold at least an undergraduate degree from a UK institution or an equivalent and recognised non-UK qualification.

Our taught postgraduate programmes may also consider applicants without a formal higher education qualification who can demonstrate that they have held a position of responsibility relevant to the programme for a minimum of two years. In exceptional circumstances, you may also be considered if you are able to demonstrate equivalent skills sufficient to meet the demands of the programme.

Our online Course Finder will give you a broad overview of the entry requirements for particular degree programmes. If in doubt, please use the contact details provided there to discuss your personal circumstances.

Applications are considered on their academic grounds as well as suitability and potential against the specific entry requirements and selection criteria, typically involving a broader assessment of skills, attributes and suitability for the relevant programme of study.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must have a standard of written and spoken English that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study. See our English Language requirements page for further information.

Equality and diversity

Whether you’re thinking about coming to Cardiff University or you’re already a student here, we work to deliver a comprehensive range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of student life. The University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission. The University aims to establish an inclusive culture which ensures equality of opportunity on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.

Deferred Entry

You usually have a choice to apply for deferred entry to most of our postgraduate programmes.

If you did not apply for a deferred entry at the time you made your application, but wish to defer subsequently, you need to contact the admissions tutor or your proposed supervisor explaining the circumstances surrounding your intention to defer.

For funded studentships the School may not allow deferred entry but may be flexible with the start date.