Compulsory Supporting Documents, Personal Statements and References

​​​​​​​​​​​For programmes with additional application requirements, to be completed in conjunction with the Self Service application, please see the latter three drop down menus.  For Research supporting information please click here​.

Personal Statement

A personal statement is mandatory for applications (please see below if your chosen programme has specific requirements).

Unless a programme is specifically referenced in the Postgraduate Courses section below, this information may assist you in putting together the required Personal Statement for applications to postgraduate and part time programmes at Cardiff Metropolitan University (excluding School of Art and Design postgraduate programmes for whom applicants are required to complete the specific template listed in the Postgraduate Courses section). 

When completing your personal statement, be mindful that what you submit is intended to enhance your application. If constructed poorly it may have a negative impact on your application as a whole. This is your opportunity to expand on qualifications and experience listed in your application form, as well as detailing why you would like to undertake a certain programme.

Information you may wish include:

  • Why you would like to undertake the programme
  • Elements of the programme you are keen to study
  • Academic achievements
  • Extra-curricular achievements
  • Relevant work / volunteer experience
  • Relevant skills
  • Future plans, if your application is successful
  • Interests

Word limit

There is no specific word limit (unless specified for certain programmes in the sections below) however, as a guide, approximately 500 words should suffice.

Curriculum Vitae

Some programmes require a CV alongside a personal statement and this will be highlighted in the Supporting Documents upload section of the online application, for example, all postgraduate sport courses.  

Even if not a requirement, a CV or other information can be uploaded to enhance an application, for example, to provide further information on employment history.


Certain programmes with specific reference requirements when submitting an application will be included in the tabs below, however all programmes can request academic/professional references at any stage of the application process.

Reference Guidance 

This information has been put together to provide assistance in verification of references, however the notes on content are for general guidance only. References provided are to verify fact or opinion from a third party to enable an academic institution to make a judgement on suitability of a candidate (fact and opinion must be clearly differentiated).

Applicants are required to have agreement from their chosen referees before providing details with their application (family, friends, or similar are not permitted). If you agree to provide a reference for an applicant to Cardiff Metropolitan University you should remember that, under the terms of the Data Protection Act, applicants can ask for copies of their references and any other personal information we hold on their application record.

Referees can decline a request for a reference from an applicant if they feel, for example, they have reservations about the information they can provide. There is no legal obligation to provide a reference, however if in agreement to provide a reference, referees are under a legal obligation to use duty of care in the information they submit.

Submissions of references

Please ensure contact details are noted on the reference in case verification, or alternative information, is required.

Applicants are able to upload a copy of a reference letter (signed and on official headed paper) with their online application for postgraduate, part time or research applications. Alternatively, references can be sent directly to the university via email (from an official institution / company email address, for example, … or via letter (signed and on official headed paper).  References by email can be sent to 

References must not contain any false, misleading or partial information, and must not be written, edited or changed in any way by the applicant. If it is found that an applicant has provided their own, or amended, their reference their application may be withdrawn.

If a referee has noted that they will send your reference directly to the university please upload a note at the end of the online application form to detail this (if a reference is mandatory, uploading a note will allow you to continue and submit your application).

Unless specific requirements are noted below, here is some general guidance for referees with regards to providing references for applicants to Cardiff Metropolitan University postgraduate, part time or research programmes.


Academic Reference

Employer/Work Experience Reference

• Length of time and capacity in which you have known the applicant

• Confirmation of achieved and/or predicted grades and title of programme (it is important to differentiate facts from opinions where applicable)

• Level of performance and relevant subjects studied

• Comment on strengths, skills and abilities

• Comparison of applicants level of performance in their cohort

• Applicants motivations for the programme of study

• You are welcome to add any further relevant comments not covered in the above notes, which would assist us in making a decision.

• Length of time and capacity in which you have known the applicant

• Role and duration of time applicant has been in post

• Duties and standard of work

• Comment on strengths, skills and abilities relevant to the programme applied for

• Work ethics

• Applicants motivations for the programme of study

• You are welcome to add any further relevant comments not covered in the above notes, which would assist us in making a decision.


Undergraduate Part-Time Courses​


Postgraduate Courses

  • All postgraduate Art and Design programmes
    Please provide Personal Statement (or Research idea if you are applying for Research course) and your portfolio, if appropriate (not for MRes). ​

  • MA Creative Writing 
    Please upload a portfolio of work with your application.  Maximum 5,000 words of fiction/creative non-fiction/script, or up to 6 poems.
  • MSc Biomedical Science
    As part of your online application you will need to upload - 
                2 x Academic References (or professional if not applicable);
                A copy of your Undergraduate Degree Transcript, detailing all modules studied and grades obtained                            throughout all years of study;
                Your Final Degree Certificate if studies completed;
                Your pathway preference form
  • PgDip Dietetics
    As part of your application you will need to upload: Required Credits Summary Form 
  • MSc Forensic Psychology
    As part of your online application you will need to upload:
                1 x full Academic Reference (or professional if not applicable);
                Your Final Degree Certificate, if you have already obtained it;
                Confirmation of ​your graduate chartership with the British Psychological Society​.
  • PgDip Practitioner Forensic Psychology - Please click this link to view the mandatory documentation required to be uploaded with your online application. 
  • MBA - Please click this link to view the mandatory documentation required to be uploaded with your online application. 
  • MBA Executive / MSc Strategic Marketing / MSc International Business Management / MSc Fashion Marketing Management - two full references to be uploaded with your application.
  • MSc Human Resource Management - one reference to be provided with your application.
  • Master of Research in Management and Doctor of Management require a research proposal with the application. Details on research proposal content for the School of Management can be found here.
  • MSc Sport LeadershipPersonal Leadership Statement to be uploaded as 'course specific document 1' on self-service.
  • MSc Sport Rehabilitation - Please provide a copy of your degree transcript.  If you have not yet completed your degree, please provide a transcript of your completed modules to date.


PCET Courses