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In 2015, the university celebrates its 150 year anniversary.
On 1 November 2011, the university officially became Cardiff Metropolitan University.
In 1996, the university gained university status and became known as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). Prior to this the university was known as Cardiff Institute of Higher Education. In 1992 it gained independence from the local county council.
The history of the university can be traced back as far as 1865 with the opening of the School of Art in Cardiff city centre.
The School of Art merged with Cardiff Training College, Cardiff College of Food Technology & Commerce and Llandaff Technical College in 1976 as the South Glamorgan Institute for Higher Education. This institution occupied the same sites and offered similar vocational subject areas as Cardiff Metropolitan University does today.
Location and Transport
Cardiff Metropolitan University operates from two teaching campuses in Cardiff (Llandaff and Cyncoed) with one additional halls of residence campus at the Plas Gwyn Campus.
All conveniently located in the city of Cardiff, with excellent road links via the M4. Rail links and public transport provide access to shopping, nightlife and leisure activities.
Students have access to a dedicated bus service between all campuses and the city centre through the university’s Rider bus service.
Entry requirements for programmes vary depending on the programme, but range between 140 and 320 UCAS tariff points.
Various programmes require specific qualifications e.g. some art and design programmes require an art foundation qualification.
In November 2014, our commitment to enhancing the student experience was recongised at the Times Higher Education Awards, where the university won the Most Improved Student Experience Award – as voted for by students.
Our focus on employability has ensured that 94% of our graduates secure employment or enter further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) 2013).
In its 2014 report on the University, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education affirmed that Cardiff Metropolitan met UK expectations for academic standards and student learning opportunities.
Results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) (2014) rank Cardiff Met as the top post-1992 University in the UK, with 80% of the University's overall quality profile rated as 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).
The Cardiff School of Management offers a wide range of programmes in Accounting, Economics and Finance; Business, Management & Marketing; Computing & Information Systems and Tourism, Hospitality & Events.
The Cardiff School of Education has an enviable reputation for the excellence of its provision in Teacher Training (Primary and Secondary), Humanities, including English, Creative Writing, and Contemporary Media.
The Cardiff School of Health Sciences has particular strengths in offering professionally accredited programmes in biomedical science, dental technology, dietetics, environmental health, food science and technology, housing, podiatry, psychology, social work and speech and language therapy.
The Cardiff School of Art & Design has been at the hub of creativity in Cardiff for over 140 years. This long-established position has enabled the school to develop into a contemporary, dynamic and creative establishment that enjoys a strong position alongside its counterparts across the UK and beyond.
We offer facilities of the highest standard to our students and staff. Across all campuses we offer first class libraries and learning centres, print studios and support services. Our aim is to provide students with a safe and supportive learning environment.
Student facilities, learning centres and the provisions within Cardiff Met are constantly being updated and reviewed to make sure student satisfaction is not just met but exceeds expectation. Library users have direct access to an overall stock of approximately 270,000 books and 1,000 journals.
Cardiff Metropolitan University is internationally recognised for the achievements of its students, past and present, in university, national and international sport. The university can offer all students access to first-class sports facilities and opportunities for participation in a wide range of sport and recreation activities.
The university competes at the highest level in the British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) leagues, regularly winning championships across a wide range of sports, including: rugby union, netball, indoor athletics, basketball, trampolining, football, gymnastics and indoor cricket.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
We have spent over £50 million in recent years on upgrading our estates and student facilities with future investment planned. We provide modern, well-equipped buildings with all the facilities you need to succeed as a student.
Cardiff is one of Europe's fastest growing capital cities and part-time work is readily available within the city. Our Career Development Service offers lots of help with finding part-time jobs. Find out more about part-time work.