Postgraduate, Research and Part-Time Students



​As a postgraduate, research or part-time student, the tuition fees you are charged will depend on the course you choose to study. Certain programmes will also incur costs in addition to the course fee and this information is detailed within the Additional Course Costs page.

Please click here​ to download the​ full list of fees for full-time and part-time programmes.

Please refer to the Guide to Tuition Fees​ for further information.​


Part-Time Undergraduate Funding

There is currently support available through Student Finance for Undergraduate Part-time study, and more details can be found on their webpages;

Student Finance Wales - Part-Time
Student Finance England - Part-Time​
Student Finance Northern Ireland - Part-Time
Student Awards Agency Scotland - Part-Time

Postgraduate Scholarship

The university currently offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme worth £3,000 to help students finance their studies. To see if you are eligible, visit our Scholarship web pages.

20% Alumni Discount

The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate programmes starting from September 2017.

If you are a graduate of the University or a current student studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, you could benefit from the Alumni Discount for your future postgraduate study at Cardiff Met. 


  • Must have enrolled and be studying on a Taught postgraduate programme. Including Master of Research (MRes) programmes. 

  • You must be self funded. 

  • You must be a previous Full Time or Part Time student of Cardiff Met/UWIC/Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. This also includes Home Franchised partners. 

  • You must have completed at least an undergraduate qualification. 

Exclusions apply:  

  • Excludes those students on postgraduate Research programmes. 
  • Excludes those students on the Taught Doctorate in Sport Coaching.  

  • Excludes PGCE Teaching students.
  • Excludes those students on the Post Compulsory Education & Training (PCET) - PGCE/PCE programme.
  • Not available to applicants in receipt of any Cardiff Metropolitan University Scholarships. 

  • Not available to applicants in receipt of staff or current Partnership Discounts. 
  • Not available to applicants in receipt of the NHS Wales bursary award. 
  • Not available to applicants in receipt of any Teacher Training Grants Allocation 

Payment of the Alumni Discount:   

  • You would need to be enrolled and not withdrawn in the first two weeks of study. 
  • Alumni discount is applied automatically to fees of those students who meet the eligibility criteria.



Is the discount available to Home/EU/International students?
The Alumni discount is available to Home, EU and International graduates. 

What does self funded mean?
You are self funded if you are paying all of your tuition fees yourself. This includes:

  • financial support from a relative or a friend 
  • if you are in receipt of a loan, eg. the Welsh or English Government Postgraduate Loans. 


What other sources of funding are available? 
You will need to plan well in advance how you are going to pay tuition fees and support yourself whilst you are studying a Masters course. Support and information on a variety of postgraduate funding sources can be found on our Additional Postgraduate Funding webpage and through the Student Finance and Welfare Advisory Service.

Am I guaranteed the Alumni Discount if I meet the criteria?
Yes, if you meet all of the eligibility criteria then the discount will automatically be applied to your tuition fee. 

If I have already accessed the Alumni Discount for a Master’s degree, can I enrol on a subsequent Master’s level qualification and access the discount again?
Yes, the Alumni discount can be accessed again as long as there is no academic bad standing or debts to the University. 

If I withdraw from my studies does the Alumni Discount still apply to the costs already incurred?
Yes, the discount will be applied to the costs already incurred if a student withdraws. Please refer to our fee regulations information in relation to the percentage of costs which are incurred if a student withdraws. 

Is there a time limit from when I completed my first Cardiff Met qualification?
There is no time limit in relation to when the completed qualification was obtained. 

Contact us
Any queries relating to the Alumni Discount should be directed to


Postgraduate Student Loans

From the 2017/18 academic year, the Welsh Government is offering a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) of up to £10,280 for students who ordinarily reside in Wales and wish to study at Master's level. 

As it currently stands, the PGL will be: 

  • A contribution towards the cost of study (i.e. it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs);
  • Non-means tested;
  • Paid directly to the student (in 3 installments per academic year).

Further details can be found here

 For those ordinarily residing elsewhere in the UK/EU:

  • Information on the PGL for students who ordinarily live in England can be found here.

  • There is a PG tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 proposed for students who ordinarily live in Northern Ireland. Further information can be found here.

  • Students who ordinarily live in Scotland can find information on the new proposed PGL for 2017 here.

  • EU Nationals can find further information here with regards to applying for UK Postgraduate Loans.


Please be aware - non-eligibility

You are not eligible for the PG Student Loan if you are transferring your previous credits using Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credits, or a top-up in relation to your course of study.  (Please refer to our RPL webpage for further information on Recognised Prior Learning.)

If you will be in receipt of an NHS bursary for your programme of study you will not be eligible to apply for a loan.

Also, please be aware that if during the application stage or after enrolling your student finance application is found to be ineligible, we are required to inform the SLC and your student loan may be withdrawn.

For further advice, please contact Cardiff Met's Student Advisory Service on

Teacher Training Grants (for PGCE Courses)

Government training grants may be available for PGCE Primary and certain PGCE secondary subject areas d​epending on your undergraduate degree classification. There is no need to apply for the grants as they are automatically attached to your place if you are eligible. Payment is usually paid on a monthly basis between the October and May in the year of your study. For further information please visit: Teacher Training Cymru.


Welsh PGCE students who choose to stay and study in Wales are also eligible to receive support from the Welsh Government in terms of the Tuition Fee Grant. For further information about the grant and to access the relevant PN1 form please visit:

Research Scholarships and Funding

The university also a range of doctoral scholarships to help students undertaking research to finance their studies. To find out more about these, visit our research pages here​.

With regards to research loans, the PGL for England and Wales will be applicable for those studying a 2 year MPhil (full time) programme, however those studying an MPhil part time or MPhil leading to PhD will not be eligible. Doctoral loans for PhD students are planned to be introduced for 2018, however details have not yet been finalised. 

Student Financial Advisory Service 

​Our Student Services department offers a support service should you have any questions about possible support that may be available to you whilst you study. For more information please click here or email:

Other useful websites and resources for postgraduate and research students looking for funding opportunities include: