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Cardiff Metropolitan University


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Why Choose Cardiff Metropolitan University?

Cardiff Metropolitan University is ranked as the top “new” university in Wales in all the major newspaper tables e.g. The Times Good University Guide, The Sunday Times University Guide, The Guardian University Guide and The Independent’s Complete University Guide. The University offers specialised career-focused courses which have been designed with business and industry in mind. Cardiff Metropolitan is home to a thriving international student population and provides personalized support to all students.


Teaching Quality

At Cardiff Metropolitan University, teaching is focused on employability and workplace skills. Staff work closely with employers, professional bodies and specialists, ensuring courses reflect the rapidly changing world. In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2012, 88% of Cardiff Met Students said they were highly satisfied with the teaching they receive.

  • The University is committed to investing £39 million in academic developments over ten years.
  • Teaching is supported by modern and comfortable learning facilities, which include 24-hour computer access areas, flexible study spaces for individual or group work, video conferencing facilities and a full online electronic library in addition to the campus-based library.
  • The IT suites house both PC and Apple Mac open-access computers, offering a wide range of cutting edge and industry standard software, to ensure students gain experience of software used in their chosen field. The Learning Centre is also equipped with a technology support desk providing expert support, advice and guidance.


Research Quality

Research at Cardiff Metropolitan is focused on combining new knowledge with applying it to practical settings in industry, business and community environments.

  • The University’s reputation for applied research is underpinned by a strong academic knowledge base and a track record for enterprise. This translates into innovative and varied programmes of study for students.
  • The Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Students Survey ranked the University amongst the top 10 UK universities in all of its five key areas of measurement.
  • Quality research has been recognised by subject reviews for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. All subject reviews were rated as satisfactory or better and nine subject areas being rated ‘excellent’.
  • The University has received many funding grants from Research Councils, the EU, the Welsh Assembly Government and Industry. Many members of staff are involved in collaborative projects with other Higher Education institutions, both in the UK and overseas as part of a thriving culture of research and partnership.
  • Cardiff Met has a thriving post graduate community, currently comprising 300 researchers in a variety of subject areas.



International students at Cardiff Metropolitan University make up the highest proportion of international students of any Welsh university and benefit from a truly tailored experience.

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University was rated the top university in the UK for its international student experience in the International Student Barometer survey 2012 (ISB2012).
  • The international community at the University comprises followers of 92 religions and students from 143 countries, making a varied and inclusive community and, because the University is still relatively small, the atmosphere is very friendly.
  • International students are also supported with the opportunity to take pre-sessional English classes and receive English language support.
  • The International office has a dedicated Welfare team for International students which is on hand to assist students with applications, free study skills tuition and pastoral support throughout their course. The International Office also offers students a free airport collection when they arrive in the UK to ensure you feel welcome from the first moment you land in your new home.
  • The University also helps its international graduates to continue studying, apply for visas and find work.


Student Satisfaction

The University was rated as sixth in the world for international student satisfaction, based on its learning, living, support and arrival services (ISB2012).

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University is the top university in the UK across seven key areas including ‘overall student satisfaction’ in the International Student Barometer 2012.
  • Three further areas were rated first within the UK, including Immigration and visa advice offered by the University.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) 82% of students at Cardiff Metropolitan said that overall, they were satisfied with the quality of their course.
  • The NSS also showed that 92% of students thought that they had been allocated suitable placements for their course and 78% said that their course was intellectually stimulating.


Employable Graduates

With international students increasingly looking for degrees at Universities that will maximise their chances of future employment, Cardiff Met ensures that students learn work-based skills while they study and are given opportunities to get ahead of their peers with professional experience. This is why our graduates enjoy high levels of employment after their course. The International Student Barometer placed Cardiff met Top in the UK for its careers service (2nd worldwide), 2nd in the UK for earning money (5th worldwide), and 5th in the UK for their employability.

  • 66% of graduates entered a graduate job within 6 months of leaving, according to the latest destinations of higher education survey (DLHE)
  • 90% of graduates had entered work, study or both within 6 months of leaving.
  • The University is dedicated to helping students develop practical skills that increase employability. Career development services work with academic staff to ensure these skills are incorporated into courses, forge links with local business and employers and offer advice, information and practical support to students on all campuses.
  • The University has worked with 500 companies to produce over 500 products in the last 10 years, giving students unique connections to industry professionals.


Variety of Courses

Cardiff Metropolitan University provides a range of courses based on active research in several academic fields:

  • There are 57 undergraduate and 57 postgraduate programmes available in five academic schools.
  • The University works in partnership with industrial partners to develop up-to-date and relevant research projects, such as the Food Industry Skills Project and the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC).
  • Each academic school delivers specialised and up-to-date taught and research programmes which have links to research and commercial partners, ensuring each course is tailored to its field.



Our students are fortunate to be situated in the heart of one of Europe's most exciting and multicultural destinations. Cardiff Metropolitan is situated in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, a country with a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world.

Located only two hours from London by road or train, Cardiff has an exciting and diverse character and has recently been named as one of the world's top cities to visit by National Geographic Magazine.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is based across three campuses in the centre of Cardiff at Llandaff, Cyncoed and Howard Gardens. All campuses are linked by the extensive University Rider bus service, which operates on a weekly pass system. Each location is within the central Cardiff area, close to local and national transport links.

As the Welsh capital, Cardiff boasts an excellent, year-round calendar of events and culture; from theatre, comedy and concerts to music and food festivals and major sporting events. The city also offers impressive shopping and was recently named the 6th best shopping destination in the UK. Cardiff has the whole spectrum of shopping, with charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades and ultra-modern shopping centres.

In addition, Cardiff is home to a number of higher education institutions and over 40,000 students live in the city in total, ensuring that the city caters to a wide variety of student needs, tastes and budgets. The city has a number of popular student nights in restaurants and bars where Cardiff Met students can enjoy discounted meals. The International Office also arranges a number of events and trips for students including the International Welcome Party which happens a few weeks after Orientation.

Cardiff International and Bristol airports are close by, and London is only 2 hours away. Cardiff city is also only about an hours drive away from the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is home to breath-taking Welsh mountains and scenery and provides ample opportunity for outdoor pursuits.

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