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How to Apply flowchart to see further details on each stage:
Check the entry requirements
Entry requirements differ from course to course. The University values both work experience and academic qualifications and will consider students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. You may also need to undertake an English qualification before being admitted onto a course. For guidance on entry requirements from your country please check our Country Specific Information Page.
Our team of International Marketing Officers travel all over the world to meet potential students and assist with your queries and application. In some cases, you can be interviewed and be made an offer in person in your own country. Found out where our officers will be next by viewing our Country Specific Information Page.
Complete an application form
For both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, International applications can be made directly to the University using our International Student Application Form. To assist with the completion of your application form please refer to the International Application Guidance Notes. It is vital that you complete all sections of the form in full, failure to do so may lead to a delay in assessment. Please note that whilst it is possible to complete the form electronically, all students must print, sign and scan their application form.
For Undergraduate applicants we also accept applications from the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), details of how to apply can be found on their website.
Current students please visit this page to make an application.
For Post graduate applications to Cardiff School of Art and Design, as well as completing the above application process, you will also need to complete the supporting online form.
Submit supporting documents
In order for us to assess your application, it is very important to provide us with as much information about your academic qualifications as possible. Therefore, you will also need to submit the following documents with your application:
Photocopies of your exam certificates and transcripts
Statement of Purpose/ personal statement - this is your opportunity to tell the University more about your previous qualification/experience, why you wish to study the course and in the UK. When writing your SOP, explain reasons for wanting to study the subject, how your skills/experience/knowledge meet the entry criteria, how the course will help your career or long-term personal development plans and what else you have done outside of the classroom setting (e.g. voluntary work/work experience/ hobbies or special interests).
English language certificate - if applicable
1 educational reference (2 employer references are required for offers based on work experience). Your reference must be submitted on official headed paper
Evidence of sponsorship – if applicable
Art and Design courses only – you should send a copy of your portfolio which should include 10-20 clear and informative slides or photographs on a CD ROM or through an appropriate online resource such as Flickr. This should be accompanied by an explanation of the dimensions, medium, subject matter and any other information. We would also welcome any further statements about the influences, aims and ideas in your work, your ambitions and other achievements
Sports courses only – evidence of personal sporting achievements
Completed applications and supporting documentations should be sent via email to: email@example.com. You will not be required to send hard copies of your documents unless requested by the International Office.
If you have any questions about your application or what you need to qualify for entry onto your chosen course, our team will be very pleased to give you advice. Please email:
English Language Requirements
Our English language requirements will vary depending on your level of study.
Please note: Research degrees i.e. MPhil, PhD, Professional Doctorate and Taught Doctorate require IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and writing or the equivalent in a UKVI recognised English Language test. For further details on acceptable English qualifications please visit our
English Language Requirements page.
Cardiff Metropolitan University Disability Service
If you have been diagnosed with a disability you will be please to hear that there is support available to you at Cardiff Met. For full advice about this support please read the
International Student Guidance for Disabled Students.
Cardiff Met’s Disability Service assists students who have a disability or specific learning difficultly to access support enabling them to fully participate in their studies.
At Cardiff Met we currently support over a thousand students with a range of disabilities which include:
- Hearing Impairments
- Visual Impairments
- Medical issues such as Epilepsy, Diabetes, and ME
- Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
- Mental Health support
- Autism and Aspergers Syndrome (ASD)
- Physical Disabilities
If you think that any of these apply to you please ensure that you declare this on your application form. Any declared disabilities will be treated confidentially as stated in our
Confidentiality and Disclosure policy.
For more information on disabilities and available support please see Cardiff Met’s
Disability Service webpage and the
Equality Act 2010.
Application timescales and important information
A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. A decision on your application should be received by email within 21 working days.
The International Office admissions process adheres to the University's Admission policy which is available
If you are successful and you are made an offer, you should contact the International Office as soon as possible to tell us if you wish to accept your offer. We will then provide you with further information regarding the progress of your application and preparing to arrive at the University.
Under 18s Student Policy
Each year the University admits a small number of students who are under 18 years of age at the point of entry. From experience most are over 17 years of age and will reach their 18th birthday soon after they enrol at the University. However, the Children Act 1989 states the legal definition of a child as “a person under the age of 18”. Whilst there is no legislation imposing a positive statutory duty on higher education institutions, the University recognises the need for a safeguarding culture for students who are under 18 years of age and the particular importance of ensuring that:
- the relevant health and safety requirements are understood and are being met;
- the extent of the commitment to safeguarding is clearly established and communicated internally and externally as appropriate;
- both collective and individual responsibilities are clearly defined and acted upon;
- there is a protection for University staff by ensuring that appropriate systems are in place
Applying from an overseas Partner (TNE) Institution
We welcome applications from students studying Cardiff Metropolitan courses within our overseas partner institutions. The following information is provided as guidance to students wishing to transfer to the UK to complete current qualifications or to undertake further studies with us.
I wish to transfer my studies, what do I need to do?
If you are wishing to transfer and complete your studies, please provide a copy of your transcripts and provide details of all completed and pending modules. We will then request the relevant Programme leader to map across your modules to ensure that we can transfer you directly and ensure that you are allocated the correct fee amount for your remaining tuition.
I have completed a Cardiff Metropolitan degree overseas, can I now study masters in the UK? Yes – we welcome all our overseas graduates for further studies with us in Cardiff. You would also be eligible for our £2000 Alumni scholarship awarded to students who have completed their Undergraduate studies with Cardiff Metropolitan and progress onto Masters in the UK.
In order to apply, please complete our International Student Application form (hyperlink to form on website). With your application, please provide the following support documents:
• Academic transcripts and degree certificate where available
• High School qualification
• Statement of purpose
• Letter of recommendation from current institution
• Copy of passport information page
You will not need to provide a recognised English language qualification, instead the successful completion of the Cardiff Metropolitan University English Language Interview will form part of a conditional offer.