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Entry requirements for Iran

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Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.

Foundation courses

"I wanted to complete my MBA from an internationally recognised university. Cardiff was at the top of my list as a renowned university for academic environment and learning opportunities."

Faisal Ibne Wali MBA

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you may be required to successfully complete an International Foundation Year before entering our undergraduate courses.

Undergraduate courses

Many of our academic schools will consider applicants who have completed the Iranian Pre-University Certificate. Entry requirements will depend upon the course applied for. Typically, we would require minimum grades in the region of 15 out of 20 or above in the Iranian Pre-University Certificate for direct entry to an Undergraduate programme.

Other students will be required to have good A-level scores or the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to be considered for admission on to Cardiff University's undergraduate degree programmes.

Alternatively, the successful completion of a recognised International Foundation Programme or an associate degree or one or more years of undergraduate study at a recognised Iranian University may also be considered as acceptable for entry on to our undergraduate degree courses.

Postgraduate taught courses

"I think Cardiff is the right size for a place to live peacefully and, in the same time, to enjoy life."

Salah Waheedi PhD Pharmacy

If you have completed an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent from a recognised University, achieving a minimum overall grade of 14 out of 20, you will be considered for entry to Cardiff University's postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate research courses

There are a number of possible entry routes to our postgraduate research courses. We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a Masters from a recognised Iranian institution.

In some cases, we will consider applicants who only have a Bachelor's degree (minimum Second Class, Higher Division), although applicants may be required to complete a Master's course at Cardiff University prior to embarking upon PhD studies.

English language

You will need to have a relevant English language qualification to satisfy the English language requirements for your course. The minimum admissions requirement is usually IELTS 6.5 but for some courses we may ask for higher grades.

You can improve your level of English language to meet the entry requirements for your course through our in-house English for University Study programme, a full-time course for international students planning to study at a UK university. The minimum entry requirement is IELTS 4.0 for September entry, 4.5 for January and 5.0 for April. The Exit Test results from this course are accepted as IELTS equivalents for entry to all degree courses at Cardiff University.

We also offer Summer Pre-sessional courses for applicants with academic offers that are conditional on improving their level of English language proficiency.