Once a part of the University of Wales, Cardiff University gained independent university status in December 2004. With its unique history and a modernised approach, the University is well-known for programmes that keep up with the times. It is a research-based University that encourages its students to be at the forefront of innovation, whilst building individuality and out-of-the-box thinking. It raises over GBP 100 million each year from research grants and contracts. On a mission to change the world one innovation at a time with sustainability at its core, the University looks for students who share the same vision. It houses 16 libraries and an array of IT suites that can be accessed at any time of the day by the students. To bolster its research interests, the University has partnerships with KU Leuven, Belgium and Xiamen University, China. These partnerships are a gateway to new opportunities for students at Cardiff University.
A global university with over 1,73,000 alumni in the world, it also takes immense pride in its heritage and actively works towards preserving and promoting the Welsh culture. In celebration of diversity, the University aims to build the same all through Wales. It is interesting to note that Cardiff offers all its students the opportunity to learn a new language, free of cost
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
Cardiff offers courses and combinations that can be tailor-made by each student according to their needs. Some courses may also provide a semester abroad/industry experience option along with various options for Joint and Integrated Honours degree programmes.
The University offers the following programmes:
- Undergraduate Programmes
With over 300 programmes on offer, undergraduate students can make their choice keeping their goals in mind.
- Postgraduate Taught Programmes
Choose from over 200 available course options that include full-time, part-time, blended learning and distance learning courses.
- Postgraduate Research Programmes
The main focus of these degrees is on independent research and unlike taught courses, students work under a Supervisor who helps identify their study requirements. Progressively, the University is also offering research degrees, such as Master of Research (MRes) programmes, Professional Doctorates, and PhD in Economics, that contain some structured teaching.
The one-year International Foundation Course is a gateway to Cardiff’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses for students who have passed out from the National High School System of India. Upon the completion of the course, the student is guaranteed admission into the various undergraduate and postgraduate courses (taught and research) on offer as well as on-campus accommodation.
The Foundation Course provides access to undergraduate programmes through the following four routes:
- Humanities, Law and Social Sciences
- Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance
- Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
- Health, Medical and Life Sciences
At the moment, the Pre-Master’s programme offers two routes:
- Business, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Computer Science
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
While specific eligibility requirements for each course vary, below are the general guidelines for the courses at Cardiff University.
The University requires a minimum score of 6.5 in the IELTS examination. However, the number may be much higher, depending on the course. Alternately, if you do not meet the IELTS requirements, you may opt for the University’s in-house, full-time English for University Study programme.
The student needs to have a minimum of 78-81% in the XII grade examination in the best four subjects (excluding Hindi and Physical Education).
Postgraduate Taught Courses
A graduate degree from a recognised university with a minimum of 55-60% is required.
Postgraduate Research Courses
The students need to have compulsory previous research experience along with a master’s degree from a recognised university. Also, a bachelor’s degree with about 55-60% passing grade.
Pro-Tip: Please refer to the official University website for the requirement details on the course of your choice.
What all documents are needed for application?
Candidates are required to submit proof of documents in support of their applications. Below is a general list of required documents that may vary depending on your chosen course. For complete details, you are advised to look up the requirements for the course of your choice on the University’s official website.
It is important to note that if you do not have a few documents at hand during the application process, you may upload them later.
You will be required to provide:
- Original passing certificates for all previous academic qualifications
- Letters of Recommendation: at least one of which is from a recent professor/teacher
- Statement of Purpose/UCAS Application form
- Research Proposal for candidates applying for a specific research project
- IELTS/TOEFLiBT/PTE/Duolingo English Test scores
Valid document formats:
- MS Word documents (.doc/.docx)
- JPEG images (.jpeg or .jpg)
- Maximum size: 1 MB
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
Application to Cardiff University undergraduate programmes is completed through UCAS. Hence, students only need to pay UCAS application fee which is GBP 20* for a single programme choice and GBP 26* for multiple choices.
*Note: This fee is applicable for 2021 admissions and is subject to change.
Currency Accepted: British Pounds Sterling (GBP)
Mode of Payment: Online through Credit or Debit Card
There is no application fee for both postgraduate and research aspirants.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
Every course has a different fee structure that covers the tuition, necessary programme expenses, registration and examination costs. The table below shows the estimate figures for each year for various levels.
Tuition Fee Slab*
GBP 17,700 to GBP 21,950
GBP 18,200 to GBP 23,450
GBP 17,450 to GBP 34,450
Source: Cardiff University
In the case of undergraduate courses, the fee for all three years remains the same, only with a few exceptions. Please check the official University website for complete details on your programme. No deposits are required for undergraduate aspirants.
Postgraduate aspirants may be required to make a deposit of GBP 1,000 depending on their course.
*The above estimates are for full-time courses only.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
Cardiff University offers a wide array of esteemed scholarships for international students. Some scholarships are primarily reserved for students from India which you will be automatically considered for at the time of application.
When do the admissions start?
Applications typically begin a year in advance of the start date of a course. Aspiring candidates are advised to apply as early as possible as that increases your chances of admission.
Undergraduate Admission Cycle
As applications are accepted through UCAS, the admission cycle for undergraduate students begins every year on September 1. For most undergraduate courses, the UCAS application deadline is January 15 at 18:00 Hours (UK Time). If for any reason you are unable to make it through UCAS or miss the deadline, you may be eligible for UCAS Extra. The applications for UCAS Extra begin on February 25.
Postgraduate (Taught and Research) Admission Cycle
While the applications begin every year on September 1, it is advisable to check the University’s website for accurate details on your preferred course. The application deadlines for most postgraduate courses will differ. The deadline for Medicine and Dentistry applications is October 15 at 18:00 Hours (UK Time). While applications are open until June 30, the chances of admission become slim closer to the deadline.
What are the steps to the application process? Is there an interview involved?
The application process is different for undergraduate and postgraduate (Taught and Research) students.
For undergraduate courses, a student is required to fill out the UCAS application form. This form can only be filled once every year. The decision is made based on your qualifications, recommendations and Personal Statement. UCAS will get back to you with the final decision before the end of May.
Postgraduate aspirants are advised to apply as early as possible to make use of the funding options offered by the University. One can only apply for funding after the University has offered admission. The sooner you apply, the more time you will have to choose and apply for the right funding. The admission will be granted based on your Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and previous academic qualifications. If you are applying for a research programme, make sure that you provide proof for previous research experience. The University lets you keep track of your application progress after the submission of the required documents.
There is no interview involved in the process.
How do I start my application?
The application process is made simple through online forms. You can fill the form, save your information, and get back to it whenever you feel ready. All the information does not need to be filled in at once.
Undergraduate aspirants need to apply through the UCAS official website. For suggestions, you may find the links below useful:
As a postgraduate aspirant, whether it is a taught or research course, the application forms are available on the official University website. You may visit https://cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/how-to-apply/online-application-service to choose the application form for your programme.
You need to follow the steps below:
- Go to the official University website
- Search for the course of your choice by typing the name in the ‘Course Finder’
- Then, select ‘Apply for this Course’
- To make a new account, select ‘No’
Now, fill in your personal details
Mention your correct postal address
This will determine your residential status
Keep your passport handy to fill in the correct details
The Application Menu is divided into the following seven parts:
- Personal Information
- English Language Requirements
- Visa Information
- Professional Experience
- Personal Statement
- Personal Information and Marketing
Once you are done filling up the Personal Information, your Application Menu will look like this.
Always remember to save your information once you are done filling the form. A link will be sent to your registered email ID that will help you to login in the future when you want to return to your form.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
Once the application process is complete, the only thing left to do is wait for the results.
For undergraduates who applied before January 15, the results are usually out by March 31. If you do not hear from the University by then, the application is most likely rejected.
In the case of postgraduates, as your applications go directly to the University, you will usually hear back within a month. In some cases, even earlier. However, research courses may take longer.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
How difficult is it to get an admission?
First, it is vital to meet the eligibility criteria set by the University. Undergraduate applicants need to have scored between 78-81% in the XII grade examinations. This average includes your best four subjects, barring Hindi and PE. For postgraduates, scores between 55-60% make you eligible for application.
However, eligibility does not guarantee admission as Cardiff gets applications from worthy students from all over the world. That means that the competition is high for a limited number of seats.
Take a look at Cardiff’s profile as per The Higher Education Statistics Agency for 2018-19
Cardiff Business School
Rank (amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
Alumni from Number of Countries
% Employed after Graduation
Source: Cardiff University
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
An international University, Cardiff attracts students from all over the world. With over 33,000 students currently studying at the University, the student body consists of students from over 180 countries around the globe.
While the acceptance rate is subject to change every year depending on the number of applications, the student body comprises of about 26% international students. That translates to about 8,620 students.
Does the University have a regional presence in India?
Cardiff shares a significant association with India. Every year, many students from India go to Cardiff to pursue various courses. To this effect, Cardiff has set up a regional office to further strengthen its base and alumni network. The office offers advice to prospective students on the number of courses offered. Representatives of the University also regularly attend education fairs/events in India and are happy to provide any advice you may want about the University /your course.
You may also go on the official University website to read the experiences of various Indian students at Cardiff.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
As studying abroad is an expensive affair, many students look for this option to support themselves during that period. At the same time, part-time work must never come in the way of your academic performance. Keeping this in mind, Cardiff advocates not more than 15 hours of work per week during your term.
Once you are at the University, you may sign up with Jobshop on the second floor of the Students’ Union. Just take your passport and insurance number along and Jobshop will help you find both casual and permanent jobs. While the former is recommended, the latter is a better option for those looking for a steady income. On the other hand, you may also find jobs online or during your time at the University by visiting local places.
International students must also provide their Tier 4 visa or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) and proof of term/vacation dates for the current academic year to complete the Right to Work check. A Tier 4 visa limits you to 10 to 20 hours of work per week during the term.
Undergraduate students can find the dates of their program on the University website.
Taught Postgraduate students would need to attain a copy of their respective course/vacation dates from the University/course administrator. Some courses may publish these dates on the School website.
Research Postgraduate students do not have official vacation breaks. Therefore, Cardiff University policy states that PhD students can be employed for a maximum of 20 hours per week for the duration of their studies. They are not required to provide proof of term dates.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
Although Cardiff is the capital of Wales, it is a small, easily-accessible city. The large University has two inspirational campuses:
- Cathays Park
The 20th century Portland stone buildings and boulevards provide an inspiring atmosphere to study.
- Heath Park
This healthcare campus also comprises of four Academic Schools and also works as the University Hospital of Wales.
Is on-campus housing available?
Cited as one of the most affordable cities, Cardiff placed first in the 2019 Natwest Student Living Index (NSLI) as the most cost-effective University city in the UK. The NSLI was calculated based on student income, monthly expenditure and life balance.
Cardiff is one of the only few universities that offers guaranteed on-campus accommodation. If you are an international postgraduate student, you will be assured a single-occupancy place in the budget-friendly University residences for the complete duration of your education.
Estimated living costs after including the study cost, food, accommodation, personal items, social activities, and miscellaneous expenses, the stay in Cardiff would cost international students as follows:
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
You may reach the Cardiff University here:
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4000
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4000
Postal Address: Cardiff University, Cardiff Wales, CF10 3AT, UK