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Students should apply for their course using the Online Application Service.

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a UK higher education degree of lower second class Honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent. This requirement may be waived for students with appropriate alternative qualifications.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum subscore of 6.0 in each component) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can furnish sufficient evidence that they are suitably proficient in the use of English.

For more information, please refer to the International Office, or alternatively contact the English Language Programmes Office.

We continue to support you with your English and study skills once you finish your pre-sessional course and begin your academic studies - this is called in-sessional support.

Applications for MA Broadcast, Magazine and News Journalism

Applicatons are now being accepted and considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview from early April 2015 onwards.

There is no advantage in applying early. It is important that you take every opportunity to point out why you feel your claim to a place is distinctive. Do not send or enclose samples of your professional work with your application form.

Applicants who are offered an interview should note that they take place during the Easter vacation and last all day. Those selected for interview for the News and Magazine courses will be invited to bring with them samples of professional work e.g. press cuttings, whilst interviewees for the Broadcast course will be expected to record an audio news bulletin.

Interviews are also an ideal opportunity for the applicant to interview the school. Applicants are encouraged to ask about any aspect of the course, the School or the University in order to help them make to right decision when deciding where to study.

Application Deadline

MA programmes excluding MA Broadcast, Magazine and News Journalism do not have a fixed closing date for applications. Applications are no longer accepted once the courses are full. Once a course is no longer accepting applications, this will be indicated on the postgraduate web-pages. It is advisable to submit your application form as early as possible in the academic year, particularly if you are applying for sponsorship, studentships, or scholarships. If you are worried about applying in time please do not hesitate to contact the Administrative Assistant who will be happy to help you.


All Applications for Admission to Postgraduate Study must be directed to the University's Postgraduate Registry. Please visit the Apply section of Cardiff University's website for information.

Your application will be acknowledged as soon as it is received by Registry. It will then be forwarded to the designated Admissions Tutor for the programme of your choice. Students will receive confirmation of the outcome of their application via Registry, once the School has made their decision.

However, applicants are reminded that:

  • We deal with huge numbers of applications for these very popular courses;
  • Overseas applications can sometimes take a long time to arrive;
  • It sometimes takes time to check whether or not your qualifications are acceptable to the University.