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Humanities and Social Sciences

This nine-month course aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to succeed in undergraduate study of humanities and social sciences related subjects.

Distinctive features

  • Excellent library and access to online journals and databases
  • Individual meetings with academic staff, supportive academic progress meetings with your personal tutor and an opportunity to attend research seminars and careers activities
  • Careers weeks and workshops to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching

Key facts

  • Next intake: September 2019
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Mode: Full-time
  • Fee: £15,650
  • Accreditation: BALEAP

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) for UKVIOverall scoreMinimum subscores
General entry5.54.0 in all areas
Journalism and Law6.06.0 in Writing, 4.0 in all other areas

Course structure

On the foundation programme you will study a mix of academic modules and English language modules, obtaining a total of 120 credits.

Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences20Autumn & Spring
English for Academic Purposes20Autumn & Spring
English Language and Study Skills 110Autumn
British Social and Cultural Environment10Autumn
Integrated Study Skills10Autumn
Contemporary Issues in Social Science10Spring
Exploring the Media10Spring
Inside Languages10Spring
Inside the News10Spring
English Language and Study Skills 210Spring


Explore the subject areas and courses you can progress to from the humanities and social sciences programme:

English Language

What makes Cardiff special is our focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind. While arming you with technical skills of analysis, we then expect you to grapple with exciting theories that will enable you to take into account the multifarious aspects of the context of language use and interpret the communication in a complex and meaningful way.

Geography and Planning

Work with internationally reputed research staff who are active in both scholarly and practitioner/policy networks at a university with close links with policy institutions in the UK, Europe and globally.

Law and Politics

Carry out dynamic and forward-looking research in a truly interdisciplinary environment. Learn with internationally recognised academics, embedded in the UN, NATO, G7 and Welsh Government.

Media and Communication

At the core of our research is a commitment to deliver high-quality work which contributes to contemporary societal debates, allowing our courses to reflect current global media landscapes and trends.

Modern Languages

Cardiff University boasts one of the largest and most dynamic modern languages schools in the UK, with a community of academics and scholars committed to producing world-class research.


Our undergraduate courses are flexible and challenging, allowing you to specialise and develop your own musical interests whilst acquiring a solid, broad-based education in aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance.

Please note that applicants for courses in the school of Music are expected to show evidence of working towards grade 7/8 theory (ABRSM or equivalent) and grade 8 ABRSM (or equivalent) in one instrument, or voice.

Social Sciences

Our teaching is shaped by interdisciplinary and innovative research which has impact. We are committed to theoretically informed research with a clear policy focus.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the International Foundation Programme (IFP) in 2019/20 are £15,650 and are payable in three instalments.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator.


In recognition of the outstanding talent of many international students, we offer highly prestigious scholarships to attract and reward the best students.

Our 2019 International Foundation Programme Scholarship offers funding to non-sponsored international students on the International Foundation Programme in 2019/20.

Qualifying recipients will receive an award of £2000 in the form a tuition fee discount.

International applicants holding offers for our International Foundation Programme will be automatically considered for the Scholarship. You do not need to submit a separate application for the award.

If you meet, or exceed, the conditions of your offer, or if you are holding an unconditional offer, you will automatically be awarded the offer as a tuition fee discount.

Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee-paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.

For more information, please see the International Scholarship pages