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Cardiff University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Bhavya Rawal Bhavya Rawal
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Cardiff University admission for 2020 session opens in the month of September 2019. International students who want to study in the various programs offered by Cardiff University can apply through UCAS website until January 15, 2020(except Medicine and Dentistry). The University will accept an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent for admission to most of its program.

The University is home to more than 30,000 students, with 25% international students. Law, Psychology, and European Teaching programs of the Cardiff university have been ranked in the top 100 courses by The World University Rankings.

The Application process for all undergraduate courses offered by Cardiff University is done through the UCAS portal while applications for postgraduate courses can be made either through the university website or by downloading the application form.

  • International students will have to prove their proficiency in the English language to gain admission to Cardiff.
  • Cardiff University also has specific course wise English Language Requirements which all applicants must fulfill to gain admission in that course.
  • The deadline for PG courses may vary as per the course opted, applicants are advised to check the official website of the University before applying.


Application PortalUG: UCAS
PG: University Application Portal
Application FeeUG: 20/25 GBP
PG: Nil
Academic CalendarSemester
No. of International Students7975 (HESA 2017-18)
International Admission HelpdeskEmail:
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4432
Financial AidAvailable

Cardiff University Admission Deadline

The full-time academic session for the majority of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Cardiff University begins in the month of September. Currently, the admission process for September 2020 is ongoing.

International students who want to study at Cardiff University are advised not to wait until the day of the deadline to submit their application and apply as early as possible. The complete admission application along with all the supporting documents must be submitted before the deadline.

CourseEnd Date
Medicine and DentistryOctober 15, 2019
Majority of other ProgramJanuary 15, 2020

Applications received beyond the particular deadline would be considered by the Admission tutor as per the availability of seats.

Cardiff University English Language Requirements

All the international applicants who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK are required to meet the English Language Proficiency criteria set by Cardiff University. The University accepts a variety of English language qualifications for entry.

The minimum requirement for English is grade C/4 at GCSE or IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each of the components. The admission requirement for some of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses may vary as per the course.

Given below is the score comparison table:

IELTS AcademicTOEFL iBTPTE Academic

All the applicants, UK, as well as International applicants, will have to get the minimum marks required in the English Language for the course/school-specific English Language requirement.

Course/School Specific English Requirements

Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) and MBBCh course:

TestMinimum Score Required
IELTS(Academic)Overall 7.0(7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in other components)
TOEFL iBTOverall 100(25 in speaking and 22 in other components)
PTE AcademicOverall 70(70 in speaking and 62 in all other communicative skills)
Trinity ISE II/IIIIII: Merit in all the components

BSc Children’s Nursing, BSc Adult Nursing, and BSc Mental Health Nursing:

TestMinimum Score
IELTS (Academic)Overall 7.0 (6.5 in writing and 7.0 in other components
TOEFL iBTOverall 100 (22 in writing and 25 in other components)
PTE AcademicOverall 70 (62 in writing and 70 in all other communicative skills)
Trinity ISE II/IIIIII: a Merit in all the components

BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, BSc Occupational Therapy, BSc Operating Department Practice, BSc Physiotherapy, BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology, and MPharm:

TestMinimum Score
IELTS(Academic)Overall 7.0 (min 6.5 in all components)
TOEFL iBTOverall 100 (min 22 in components)
PTE AcademicOverall 70 (62 in all communicative skills)
Trinity ISE II/IIIIII: a Merit in all the components

Law and Politics programs:

TestMinimum Score
IELTS(Academic)Overall 6.5 (6.5 in writing and 6.0 in other components)
TOEFL iBTOverall 90 (22 in writing and 20 in other components)
PTE AcademicOverall 62 (62 in writing and 54 in all other communicative skills)
Trinity ISE II/IIIII: Distinction in Writing and a distinction and two Merit in other components III: at least a pass in all the component

Cardiff University International Student Undergraduate Admission

Cardiff University is divided into three colleges which offer more than 300 undergraduate courses. The most popular undergraduate programs among International students are Engineering, Management, Medicine, Dentistry, Science, and Music.

Application portal for the undergraduate courses for 2020 session opened on September 1, 2019, and application for Medicine and Dental courses will close on October 15, 2019.

Where to Apply: UCAS

Application Fee: 20 GBP(Single Course) and 25 GBP(Multiple Courses)

General Requirements:

  • Candidates must submit a UCAS application for admission to UG courses at Cardiff.
  • A personal statement explaining the subject interest(s).
  • High school leaving certificate
  • Transcripts of previous qualification(with official English translations if not originally in English),
  • Letter of Reference by a teacher or guidance counselor.
  • Applicants may have to appear for an interview depending upon the course.
  • English Proficiency Score.

School Wise Entry Requirement

SchoolEntry Requirements
ArchitectureA small portfolio of min. 8 pages in pdf format(drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphics, product design or any other work in visual design)
Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics‘A’ level, Welsh Baccalaureate, and International Baccalaureate or equivalent* with an acceptable level of competence in the English language.
Law and Politicsa GCSE pass in English (grade C or above) or equivalent*
MedicineUK Clinical Aptitude Test (U-CAT) or GAMSAT examination
Physics and Astronomy, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry‘A’ level, Welsh Baccalaureate, and International Baccalaureate or equivalent*
Journalism, Media and Cultural StudiesExperience of academic essay writing(e.g, English Literature, History, Government and Politics, Economics, Media Studies, Sociology) is recommended

*International students who want to take admission at Cardiff University can check the equivalent score as per his/her country here.

Immigration & Visa Requirements

In order to study in the UK, International students coming from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland for more than 6 months are required to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. International students are required to apply for their student visa in the UK for at least 3 months before the starting date of their course.

  • The date of the application should be the same as the day of paying the visa application fee.
  • Applicants can apply for their Tier 4 student visa in their respective country of residence.
  • All International students will have to apply online and pay the application fee of 348 GBP plus health surcharge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of a valid passport.
  • Necessary Financial Documentation.
  • If applicant is below 18 years of age, proof of parental or other legal guardian consent
  • Tuberculosis Test results (as per the country’s requirements).

Cardiff University Postgraduate Admission

Cardiff University has over 8500 students enrolled in its postgraduate degree programs. Cardiff offers more than 200 postgraduate programs on full-time as well as part-time basis through its 26 academic schools. Some of the most popular programs among students are Architecture, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Management Studies, Psychology, and Urban Design.

Where to Apply: Online Application or Download the Form

Academic Requirements: Applicants must have a recognized bachelors’ degree in the relevant field and/or work experience in the field they want to apply in.

Document Requirements:

  • Official transcripts of institutes last attended.
  • Credit Evaluation(if required)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • English Proficiency Score
  • An updated Resume/CV
  • A Research Proposal(for research-based courses)
  • At least 2 Letter of Recommendation

Additional Requirement for some of the postgraduate programs

CoursesDegree(in relevant field)English LanguageWork Experience
Architecture PlanningA 2:1 degreeIELTS:6.5Required
MS in BiosciencesBachelor’s degree in Biosciences-Recommended
MBABachelor’s degreeIELTS: 6.5Recommended
Computer Science2:2 Degree with more than 65% marks-Not Required
Engineering2:2 Bachelor’s degree with honors-Not Required
Law2:1 Degree + 1 year InternIELTS: 7.0Recommended
Medicine2:2 DegreeIELTS: 6.5Required
Urban Design2:1 Degree-Required

International students will have to upload all the documents in either Word documents(.doc or .docx) or PDF or JPEG images (.jpeg or .jpg). The maximum allowed file size is 1 MB.


The paper application forms for admission to Postgraduate Study must be completed and posted to ”The Admissions Office, Cardiff University, PO Box 927, CF24 0DE, Wales(UK)” as soon as possible.

The admission decision for the undergraduate program will be announced before the end of January. If an applicant is offered a place, he/she will be informed by the Cardiff University through email and through the UCAS portal. The applicant for the postgraduate programs at Cardiff University will be strictly based solely on academic criteria, i.e. the candidate’s ability and potential.

International applicants will need to satisfy the assigned Admissions Tutor that he/she has met or will meet, the necessary academic and non-academic criteria required for the program of study to get admission to the Cardiff University.

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