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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What are the entrance requirements for the Masters courses?
  2. Are there any scholarships available?
  3. Is there any English language support available to me while I'm at Cardiff?
  4. Who teaches on the course?
  5. As a postgraduate student, can I live in University Accommodation?
  6. Will I be assigned a tutor to help me with any problems I may have?

1. What are the entrance requirements for the Masters courses?

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. Applicants who do not meet this 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.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0, or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University's eight-week Pre-sessional English course.

2. Are there any scholarships available?

The School welcomes applications for the following Scholarships from applicants who have accepted an offer of a place to study for a one year Masters programme. One £7,000 Scholarship is available in each of the following areas:

  • Cardiff International Journalism Scholarship
  • Cardiff International Public Relations and Global Communications Management Scholarship
  • Cardiff Journalism Studies Scholarship
  • Cardiff Political Communications Scholarship

3. Is there any English language support available to me while I’m at Cardiff?

If you require extra English language tuition during your course, this can be arranged through the School’s own language support team. During enrolment week, we will test all students whose first language is not English to assess their English language needs.

If you are assessed as needing additional support in the induction week, you must attend whatever additional classes are recommended. This is a compulsory part of the MA programmes and designed to help and support you.

4. Who teaches on the course?

The staff in the school come from a wide range of geographical, intellectual and vocational backgrounds, which allows the school to deliver a student experience which is international, adventurous and enterprising. Profiles for academic staff who teach in the school, including research interests, projects, teaching profile and responsibilities can be found below.

5. As a postgraduate student, can I live in University Accommodation?

All overseas postgraduates (including those from non-UK EU countries) are guaranteed a place in University residences. To secure your place, you need to send back a completed Residences Request Form and a non-refundable pre-payment of £200 by early September of the academic year that you are enrolling in Cardiff. The pre-payment is deducted from the first instalment of the residences fee. Information about residences is sent to all successful postgraduate applicants along with the official offer letter from the University, from February onwards.

Postgraduate students from the UK are not covered by the University’s accommodation guarantee and need to arrange accommodation before their arrival. The University Residences Office maintains a list of private accommodation which can be sent to you on request.

6. Will I be assigned a tutor to help me with any problems I may have?

At the start of your course, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is a member of the academic staff of the School. Personal tutors are able to advise on a variety of issues in a confidential and informal manner. 

A Student Support Officer is also available for Masters students.  This is an identified member of staff that students can see as impartial in the event that any complaint or difficulty could not be rectified through the standard procedures.