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    Cardiff University Cardiff Admission, Criteria & Application Deadlines 2021

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    Rekha Solanki

    Content writer | Updated on - Jun 3, 2021

    With an acceptance rate of 72.5% in 2019, Cardiff University admissions are slightly selective. 27,765 students applied for the June application deadline. It is the third oldest and one of the top-ranked universities in the UK. Cardiff offers more than 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programs through its College of Physical Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Humanities and College of Biomedical and Life Science.

    Cardiff University invites admission applications in January and October. There are no specific admission deadlines for postgraduate admissions.

    • Cardiff does not charge an application fee for postgraduate programs.
    • Applicants must check the country-specific entry requirement before applying.
    • English Language Proficiency varies with the program.
    • GMAT scores or GRE scores and SAT or ACT scores are not required except for domestic applicants.

    Top Programs of Cardiff University

    Programs Course Duration Admissions Criteria
    M.Sc Advanced Computer Science Full-time for 1 Year A 2:2 honors degree in computer science or computing,
    an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 5.5 or equivalent, 
    a detailed CV
    M.Sc Advanced Computer Science
    with a Professional Placement Year
    Full-time with a sandwich year (2 Years)
    Part-time for 3 Years
    A 2:2 honors degree in computer science or computing,
    an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 5.5 or equivalent,
    a detailed CV
    M.Sc Computing 1 Year A 2:2 honors degree or equivalent professional qualification in a subject other than computing,
    non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for
    by their relevant work experience will also be considered,
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 5.5 in each area or equivalent,
    a detailed CV
    M.Sc Computing with Placement Full-time with a sandwich year (2 Years)
    Part-time for 3 Years
    A 2:2 honors degree or equivalent professional qualification in a subject other than computing,
    non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for
    by their relevant work experience will also be considered,
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 5.5 in each area or equivalent
    a detailed CV
    M.Sc Data Science and Analytics Full-time for 1 Year
    Part-time for 3 Years
    A minimum 2:2 degree from a recognized university in a numerate subject;
    such as mathematics, science, or engineering
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 5.5 in each area or equivalent
    M.Sc Logistics and Operations Management Full-time for 1 Year A 2:1 degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) from a recognized institution in a related discipline,
    e.g. Supply Chain, Logistics and/or Operations Management, Engineering,
    Business/Management, Computer Science, Economics, Trade or Finance,
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent
    M.B.A Full-time for 1 Year A 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) at the undergraduate level, from a recognized institution,
    at least 3 years’ relevant work experience, non-graduates with approved professional qualifications
    and/or significant work experience may also be considered,
    Interview process: Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed, either in person or by Skype, 
    a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6.0 in each category or equivalent
    M.Sc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management Full-time for 1 Year A 2:1 degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) from a recognized institution in a relevant discipline like;
    Transport, Engineering, Business/Management, Geography, Law, Social Sciences, Maths or Humanities,
    Non-graduates with sea captaincy qualifications and extensive marine-related work experience will be considered
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent
    M.Sc Strategic Marketing Full-time for 1 Year A 2:1 degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) at the undergraduate level in Marketing, Business, or Management,
    from a recognized institution, which must contain a minimum of 3 marketing modules
    (e.g. principles of marketing, marketing communications, consumer behavior, relationship marketing).
    Candidates are expected to have a basic knowledge of mathematics,
    Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered,
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent
    M.Sc Advanced Mechanical Engineering Full-time for 1 Year A 2:2 honors degree in Mechanical Engineering or a similar field from a UK university,
    or equivalent international degree qualification.
    If you have relevant industrial experience, your application will be considered individually,
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent
    B.Sc Computer Science Full-time for 3 Years 32-31 overall or 665 in 3 higher level subjects
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent
    B.Sc Computer Science with one year in industry Full-time with a sandwich year (4 Years) 32-31 overall or 665 in 3 higher level subjects
    an overall of 6.5 IELTS, with at least 6.0 in each area or equivalent

    Highlights

    Application Portal UG: UCAS
    PG: Respective Course Page
    Application Fee UG- UCAS Fee
    PG- Nil
    Acceptance Rate 72.5%
    Minimum IELTS score 6.0 - 6.5 Overall
    Mode of Payment Mastercard/ Visa
    Financial Aid Available
    Work Experience Required in Business Programs
    Admission Helpdesk international@cardiff.ac.uk
    +44 (0)29 2087 4432

    Cardiff University Admission Deadlines

    Applicants need to apply for Cardiff University undergraduate admissions through UCAS. For Postgraduate admissions, the admission deadline varies according to the particular course which is regularly updated on the official website. The application deadlines for UCAS are tabulated below:

    Application process commences September 2020
    Application Deadline January 15, 2021
    Application Extended Deadline January 15 - June 30 (subject to availability of seats)

    Cardiff University International Students Admissions

    With over 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries, Cardiff University accepts international applicants given that they satisfy the country-specific admission requirements and submit the required documents.

    Application Portal:

    • Undergraduate: UCAS
    • Postgraduate: Respective Course Page

    Application Fee: UCAS Portal Fee (20/25 GBP), PG - Nil

    Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for Cardiff University admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Copy of Transcripts
      • Secondary EducationTranscripts
      • Bachelor’s or Master’s Transcripts (PG admissions)
      • Should be accompanied by Certified English Translations if not in English.
      • Course-by-Course evaluation from a third party such as World Education Services or similar
    • Country-Specific Requirements should be met.
    • Copy of Passport
    • Proof of Financial Support
    • Health Certificate
    • English Proficiency Scores
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Letters of Recommendation, if required
    • Portfolio or Resume (Required for specific courses)
    • Personal Interview, if required

    English Language Proficiency Test Scores

    International applicants from non-English speaking countries need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Please note that the language requirements vary with programs and applicants need to check the minimum eligibility criteria for the program they are applying to. The table below gives the range of minimum scores required at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    Test Undergraduate Graduate
    TOEFL  90-100 90-109
    IELTS 6.5-76.0 6.5-7.5
    PTE 62-70 62-78
    Duolingo English Test 110-120 110-140
    University of Michigan Certificate of Proficiency 750 Pass 750 Pass

    Country-Specific Entry Requirements

    Country English Language Proficiency Scores Undergraduate Requirements Postgraduate Requirements
    India IELTS:
    4.0(September entry)
    4.5( January entry)
    4.0( April entry)
    78-82% in best four standard XII subjects (including Hindi and P.E) Relevant bachelor degree from a recognized institute with an average percentage between 55-60%.
    Malaysia IELTS: 6.5 Grade, GCE-A level, STPM, or the International Baccalaureate. Relevant bachelor degree from a recognized Malaysian institute with an average and minimum GPA of 3.0
    South Korea IELTS:
    4.0(September entry)
    4.5( January entry)
    4.0( April entry)
    Grade GCE-A level examination or the International Baccalaureate (IB) with a minimum 28-38 points Relevant bachelor degree with a minimum of 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/4.5 from a recognized Institute.

    Visa Process for International Students

    Applicants from non-European countries who seek an international degree at Cardiff University require a student visa. Once the student is accepted by the university, he /she should apply for a ‘short-term study visa (for duration of less than 6 months)’ or ‘Tier-4 (General) student visa’.

    • CAS number
    • Transcripts, exam certificates and references
    • Evidence of funds
    • ATAS certificate (if applicable)
    • Tuberculosis certificate (if applicable)
    • Valid passport
    • Visa application fee
    • Your biometric details
    • Pay your immigration health surcharge

    Cardiff University Undergraduate Admissions

    Cardiff University offers undergraduate programs in English, Communication, and Philosophy, Modern Languages, Biosciences. Applicants must check the programs specific requirements and qualifications before applying to the course.

    Where to Apply: UCAS

    Application Fee: 20/25 GBP

    Admission Requirement: Applicants must submit the following documents to be eligible for Cardiff University admissions -

    • Completed Application
    • Transcripts of Secondary School attended.
    • Applicants must meet the program-specific entry requirements or its Country Specific Equivalent.

    School Wise Entry Requirements

    School Entry Requirements
    Architecture A 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
    Physics and Astronomy, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry
    Law and Politics a GCSE pass in English (grade C or above) or equivalent
    Medicine UK Clinical Aptitude Test (U-CAT) or GAMSAT examination
    Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Experience of academic essay writing

    Cardiff University Postgraduate Admissions

    Cardiff University offers postgraduate programs in more than 200+ courses such as Architecture, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Law and Urban Design.

    Application Portal: Respective Course Page

    Application Fee: Nil

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following requirements before applying for Cardiff University postgraduate applications -

    • Completed Application
    • Academic Transcripts of all institutions previously attended.
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume/CV, if required
    • Letters of Recommendation, if required

    Program Specific Requirements for some courses are given below:

    Subject Accounts and Finance (MSc) Advanced Computer Science (MSc) Applied Environmental Geology (MSc) Business Administrative (MBA) Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship (MSc)
    Transcript 2:1 UG Degree in Accounting or Finance 2:2 UG honors in Computing or any Cognate Sub. 2:1 UG Degree in Earth Science Or Environmental Science. 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree
    Minimum GPA 3.0/4.0 - 3.0/4.0 3.0/4.0 -
    English Language Requirement IELTS:
    6.5 (5.5 in each section)
    IELTS:
    6.5 (5.5 in each section)
    IELTS:
    6.5 (5.5 in each section)
    IELTS:
    7 (6 in each section)
    IELTS:
    6.5 (5.5 in each section)
    CV/ Resume Not required Required Not required Required Not required
    Work Experience Not required Not required Not required Min 3 years of work experience Recommended
    Additional Requirements N/A N/A N/A Interview N/A

    Applicants are advised to check all the program-specific admission requirements before applying. Also applicants must check the country-specific equivalents of all the minimum eligibility criteria. Undergraduate applicants can check the status of their application through UCAS Track.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques. As an undergraduate international student, how can I apply to Cardiff University?

    Ans. One can easily apply to Cardiff University either through UCAS for UG admissions or Official website for PG admissions.

    Ques. By when can I apply for undergraduate programs?

    Ans. The priority deadline for all the courses is January 15. International students are advised to submit their applications 90 days prior to the commencement of the course.

    Ques. When will I receive my CAS number?

    Ans. CAS numbers can be issued three months before the course start date.

    Ques. How much application fee is charged by the university?

    Ans. If the student applies for 2 to 5 choices, the UCAS portal charges 25 GBP but if the student applies for 1 choice, the portal charges 20 GBP. If an applicant applies directly to the university, there is no application fee.

    Ques. What are the most popular majors at Cardiff University?

    Ans. Some of the most popular programs among students are Architecture, Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Management Studies, Psychology, and Urban Design.

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