A wide range of taught postgraduate courses are available at Cardiff University. These programmes are delivered via a range of teaching methods including lectures, assignments, seminars and case studies. In some cases there will be a professional work placement. Examinations may take various forms, including traditional unseen written examinations, assessed course work, project work, placements, etc.
Some Master's courses are directly vocational and lead to total or partial exemption from related professional examinations. Some may be essential for entry to a particular profession.
Certificate and diploma courses provide vocational, academic and practical instruction and may also give total or partial exemption from professional examinations. Again, as for Master's courses, some are essential for entry to a profession, e.g. the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in relation to teaching.
Opportunities for taught postgraduate study are available in most academic Schools and you can use our Course Finder database for further information on any of the courses that interest you.
Applicants should possess a UK higher education degree, or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. For most Schools, the minimum requirement is a 2:1 honours degree. However, there are some Schools for which the minimum requirement is a 2:2 honours degree.
Applicants who do not meet these criteria may be considered, provided they have a minimum of two years' experience in a position of responsibility relevant to the proposed course of study.
Please check our Course Finder database for more information on entry requirements for particular courses.
Entry requirements differ from course to course. Details are available from the relevant academic school; alternatively, please check our Course Finder database.
The following information on course length is a general guide only - please see our Course Finder database or check with the relevant academic School to confirm the period of study for any course(s) of interest.
- Full-time Master's degree: requires one year of study.
- Full-time Diploma: requires 9 months of study.
- Full-time Certificate: requires 9 months of study.
- Part-time Master's degree: completed in two years.
- Part-time Diploma: completed in 21 months.
- Part-time Certificate: completed in 21 months.
For the majority of students registered on taught courses, the academic year starts with enrolment in late September and concludes either at the end of the following June (Diploma students) or the following September (Master's students).
A very small number of courses start in January/April and end the following December/January.
Please see our Course Finder database or check with the relevant academic School for more information.