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Information for prospective postgraduate taught students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We are aware that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is having an impact on lives across the world and understand that you are likely to be concerned about how this will affect your application to Cardiff and your ability to study with us.

The situation is constantly changing but we will do our best to keep you up to date with the latest information and developments during this difficult and uncertain period.

New applications for September 2021

We continue to welcome applications and to support our applicants as far as possible. Our application processes have not changed. However, we are aware of the difficulties that some of our applicants may face as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) and that some examinations and qualification results may be delayed.

We are monitoring the situation very closely and we are working with sector organisations to identify what actions may be required to support affected applicants. We will communicate any changes to our applicants via email.

Postgraduate degree programmes

The Admissions team are operating remotely, including our telephone lines, and we will continue to process applications as normal. You will be kept up to date about your application via email and we strongly recommend that you check your email regularly.

Unless your query is urgent we would encourage you to contact us through the applicant portal or by emailing

Please ensure that in all correspondence you quote:

  • your full name
  • Cardiff Student number
  • the programme for which you are applying.

For urgent enquiries please call the Admissions team on +44 (0)29 2087 9999. We are available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 8:30 and 17:00.

We realise that this is an extremely anxious and worrying time as universities have been closed and alternative teaching arrangements made.

We are aware of the different grading process for qualifications due to coronavirus (COVID-19) taken in 2020. We can confirm that we will recognise awards and qualifications, (that meet our entry requirements) made during this period for entry in this and future years and we will not be applying a differential recognition policy.

Course start dates: September 2020-January 2021

We will be staggering start dates for some our postgraduate programmes to protect the wellbeing of our students and staff.

Having some programmes start later, will allow us to manage the number of students on campus, phase arrivals in University accommodation and provide appropriate induction and enrolment.

Course start dates: September 2021

At the moment we are planning for all courses starting in September 2021 to go ahead as planned.

The University is monitoring the situation closely and will put in place plans in the event that this is not possible, as well as reviewing steps which may need to be taken to support our applicants.

Any information in relation to a change in start date or delivery of a programme of study, will be communicated to applicants via email.

If you would like to defer your place, please contact and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Where a deposit is required to secure your place, it will be stated in your offer letter. Where possible you should pay your deposit by the date given in your offer letter.

If you are having any problems in paying your deposit please do not hesitate to contact us at so that we can discuss options with you.

For entry in the 2020/21 academic year, we will offer refunds to applicants who do not achieve their required grades or who are not able to get their documentation in time. Read our deposit refund policy.

Contact us

If you have any immediate questions, please contact us at or, if your query is related to your offer, please contact