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Remote study for students 2021/22

We are changing the way remote study will be made available for 2021/22, to support students who may still be facing coronavirus (COVID-19) related challenges this academic year.

Due to updated Welsh Government guidance, we are able to deliver much more in-person teaching on campus in 2021/22 than in 2020/21.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to campus at the start of the academic year. However, we realise that there will be periods where some students may need to study remotely for short periods of time. These will include students who are:

  • required to self-isolate due to COVID-19
  • temporarily unable to travel to the UK due to travel restrictions or issues
  • in quarantine in UK accommodation.

If you fall into one of these categories and need to study remotely, you can notify your School by completing the corresponding SIMS task. For 2021/22, remote study has been separated into 3 distinct categories on SIMS:

  • self-isolation
  • delayed arrival
  • extended remote study.

Each category is described in detail below.

If you are required to self-isolate, you will be permitted to study remotely for the duration of the period of isolation only. This is available to all students on all programmes. You can notify your School that you need to self-isolate by completing the ‘self-isolation’ task on SIMS. You will receive an email confirming your request.

You will be supported by your academic School throughout this period, and will be able to access available online materials. However, you will miss some in-person teaching.

Your School will provide details on how your learning will continue to be supported during your self-isolation period.

If your arrival at University is delayed due to issues relating to travel, including travel restrictions and requirements to quarantine on arrival in the UK, you may be permitted to delay your start to on-campus activities by up to four weeks.

Most courses will allow you to delay arrival on campus and study online for this four-week period. However, there are a small number of courses where delayed arrival will not be possible.

You can notify your School that you require a delayed arrival by completing the ‘delayed arrival’ task on SIMS, available from 6 September. You must complete SIMS online enrolment before completing the ‘delayed arrival’ task. You should request to delay your arrival before the start of your course. You will receive an email confirming your request.

You will be supported by your academic School throughout this period, and will be able to access available online materials. However, you will miss some in-person teaching. Your School will provide details on how your learning will continue to be supported during the period of delayed arrival.

For standard programmes the four weeks will include enrolment week (w/c 27 September). You will be expected to engage with your on-campus studies by Monday 25 October at the latest.

Courses that are not eligible for delayed arrival


  • MRes Biosciences
  • MSc Global Ecology and Conservation

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • MSc Applied Environmental Geology

Geography and Planning

  • MSc Spatial Planning and Development (part-time pathway)
  • MSc Sustainability Planning and Environmental Policy (part-time pathway)
  • MSc Urban and Regional Development (part-time pathway)
  • Occasional Studies - Academic Year
  • Occasional Studies - Autumn Semester
  • Occasional Studies - Spring Semester
  • PG Cert Planning Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate Planning Practice

Healthcare Sciences

  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) Autumn Intake
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) March Start
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) September Start
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Adult) Spring Intake
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Child)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Child) September Start
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) Autumn Intake
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) March Start
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) September Start
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) Spring Intake
  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging
  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • BSc Operating Department Practice
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • BSc Stand Alone Module (degree level) (Jan)
  • Cert HE Assistant Radiographic Practice (Clinical Im)
  • Cert HE Assistant Radiographic Practice (Mamm)
  • Diploma Clinical Practice (Stand Alone Module)
  • Healthcare Exchange (Semester 1)
  • Healthcare Exchange (Semester 2)
  • Healthcare Exchange (year)
  • Healthcare Sciences Exchange (all year)
  • Healthcare Sciences Exchange (Semester 1)
  • Healthcare Sciences Exchange (Semester 2)
  • International Summer School (Healthcare)
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice
  • Nursing and Midwifery Exchange (Semester 1)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Exchange (Semester 2)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Exchange (Year)
  • Occasional Studies - Healthcare Studies
  • PG Cert in Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing
  • PG Cert Non-Medical Prescribing
  • PG Dip Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) (Sept)
  • PG Dip Specialist Comm Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Visit)
  • PG Taught Stand Alone Module (masters level) (Jan)
  • Postgraduate Dip Community Health Studies (SPQ)
  • Return to Practice (Nursing)


  • BSc Cellular and Molecular Pathology (Intercalated)
  • BSc Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care EPIC
  • BSc Genomic Medicine
  • BSc Medical Education (Intercalated)
  • BSc Medical Pharmacology
  • BSc Medical Pharmacology with a PPY
  • BSc Pharmacology (Intercalated)
  • BSc Population Medicine
  • BSc Psychology and Medicine (Intercalated)
  • Master Public Health
  • MBBCH Medicine
  • MBBCH Medicine (4 year graduate entry)
  • MBBCh Medicine (North Wales)
  • MBBCh Medicine North Wales (4 years)
  • MBBCH with a Preliminary Year
  • MSc Ageing Health and Disease
  • MSc Applied and Experimental Clinical Immunology
  • MSc Bioinformatics
  • MSc Bioinformatics and Genetic Epidemiology
  • MSc Genetic and Genomic Counselling.

Optometry and Vision Sciences

  • BSc Optometry
  • BSc Optometry with a Preliminary Year
  • Optometry Exchange (Semester 1)
  • Optometry Exchange (Year)
  • MSc in Clinical Optometry.

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • International Summer School (Pharmacy).

Social Sciences

  • MA Social Work


  • GrDip Welsh for Education Practitioners in the English medium primary sector

Welsh School of Architecture

  • Master of Design Administration
  • Master of Design Administration (MDA)
  • Master of Design Administration (MDA) (Distance learning)
  • MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (1 year distance learning)
  • MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (2 year 2:1)
  • MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (2 year distance learning)
  • MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (3 year distance learning)
  • MSc in Advanced Building Performance Evaluation
  • PG Dip Architecture: Professional Practice

Some programmes will be able to permit an extended period of remote study for students who are experiencing acute difficulties with international travel.

Extended remote study is typically available for up to the duration of semester one. However, some postgraduate programmes in Architecture can only permit extended remote study until November.

You can notify your School that you require a period of extended remote study by completing the ‘extended remote study’ task on SIMS, available from 6 September.

Please note, the SIMS task will only appear if your programme is able to permit extended remote study and you must complete SIMS online enrolment before applying for extended remote study.

When completing the task, you will need to inform us of the date that you expect to be able to begin on-campus studies. This will need to include any quarantine period you may have to undertake.

Please note, students approved for extended remote study will receive a comparable student experience accessing learning materials online. Your academic work will be assessed on the same basis as all other students, whether they are studying remotely or not. As long as you have enrolled, you will still be able to access the online learning material offered as part of your programme.

Why some programmes are not available for extended remote study

When making these decisions, each School has considered how it can deliver an equivalent high quality learning experience that you would expect if on campus. While the remote delivery of these programmes and study experience will be different, our Schools will work to create and maintain coherent student learning communities for students on extended remote study, so the overall experience will be comparable to if you were being taught in-person in Cardiff

For some programmes where laboratory work, practical classes or key in-person contact plays an integral part of the learning experience, we are unable to replicate this through online delivery. Likewise, programmes with professional accreditation or recognition which requires in-person teaching cannot be considered for extended remote study.

Courses that will permit extended remote study (as at 26/08/21)

Undergraduate Programmes

Cardiff Business School

  • BSc Accounting
  • BSc Accounting and Finance*
  • BSc Business Management (all specialisms) *
  • BScEcon Banking and Finance*
  • BScEcon Business Economics*
  • BScEcon Economics*
  • BScEcon Economics and Finance*
  • BScEcon Economics and Management Studies*

    *includes programmes with options for Professional and ICAEW Placements, Internships or Year/Semester Abroad

School of Law and Politics

  • LLB Law (Year 3 direct entry)

Welsh School of Architecture

  • BSc/MArch Architectural Studies

Postgraduate Programmes

Cardiff Business School

  • MBA Master of Business Administration
  • MBA Master of Business Administration with Media
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Business Management
  • MSc Business Management with a Professional Placement Year
  • MSc Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Economics (PHD Route)
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Financial Economics
  • MSc Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Economics, Banking and Finance
  • MSc International Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Logistics and Operations Management
  • MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Strategic Marketing
  • MSc Sustainable Supply Chain Management

School of Engineering

  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering
  • MSc Civil Engineering
  • MSc Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • MSc Civil and Water Engineering
  • MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics
  • MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics (PhD progression 1+3)  MSc Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Electrical Energy Systems
  • MSc Manufacturing Engineering Innovation & Management
  • MSc Sustainable Energy and Environment
  • MSc Structural Engineering  MSc Wireless & Microwave Communication Engineering (including Year in Industry or Research Year)

School of Healthcare Sciences

  • MSc Physiotherapy: Year 1 (Semester 1 and Semester 2), Year 2

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

  • MA Digital Media and Society
  • MA International Public Relations and Global Communications Management
  • MA Journalism, Media, and Communications
  • MA Political Communications

School of Law and Politics

  • LLM Bar Training Course
  • PgDip Bar Training Course

School of Modern Languages

  • MA Global Cultures
  • MA Translation Studies

Welsh School of Architecture

  • Masters in Architectural Design
  • MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
  • MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings Design
  • MSc Computational Methods in Architecture
  • MSc Environmental Design of Buildings

If there are any more programmes that we can make available for remote study we will publish them here as soon as possible.

If you are unable to travel to the UK to commence your studies in September, and your programme is not eligible for extended remote study, you may want to consider deferring your place until 2022.

If your circumstances change

If your circumstances change, and you can join us sooner, or need to delay your arrival further, then you will be able to amend your return to campus date on the ‘extended remote study’ task on SIMS.

Please note, you cannot extend your period of remote study beyond the specified date (typically the end of semester one). You should be able to start on-campus learning two-weeks after notifying us.

Postgraduate taught dissertation for students enrolled in 2020/21

If you are on an eligible postgraduate taught programme starting on or before 28 September 2020, you can apply for remote study for the dissertation stage via SIMS Online.

Getting advice

If you are unable to return to campus, then you should contact your School in the first instance to discuss options. You can also get further advice on remote study through Student Connect.

Student Connect


Even if you are applying to study remotely, you should still complete your online enrolment as soon as you receive an email inviting you to do so (you may have already received this email).

Your student ID card

Please note that if you request to study remotely, you will not initially need to collect your student card, or, if you are an international student, provide evidence of your right to study in the UK. We will require you to upload a copy of your passport to the SIMS portal following completion of online enrolment, to verify your identity.

When you arrive at the University you will need to collect your student ID card and provide your full documentation at the ID Card collection event.

Things to consider before you apply for extended remote study

Will your sponsor continue to provide financial support if you study remotely?
If you are receiving financial support from a sponsor to fund your studies you should contact them to check whether they will continue to provide financial assistance if you choose to study remotely.

Do you plan to work in the UK after studying (a post-study work visa)?
The Graduate route opens in summer 2021, when the Home Office guidance will be available. The current rules state that you must arrive in the UK by 6 April 2022 and be engaged in face-to-face study for one semester in the UK, and meet all other criteria, to be eligible to apply for the Graduate route visa after completion of your academic programme.

University accommodation

We can release you from your Residences Agreement in the event of your School approving your request to switch to remote study.

If your application is approved, you will receive an email from your School (via SIMS) and this will be the evidence Residences Managers need to approve the release.

If you studied remotely in semester one and will be returning to campus to complete your learning there are a limited number of vacancies in university accommodation so please check availability.

Residences office