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Cardiff Metropolitan University

2016 League Table Ranking 79
2016 Overall Score 601
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Entry Standards 314 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.00 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 963 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.03 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 624 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 58.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 60.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 65.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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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 Standards

  • 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.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Student Mix

The 13,395 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

Teaching Standards

  • 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.

Research Standards

  • 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*).
  • Read more about research activities at the university.

Academic Strengths

  • The Cardiff School of Sport is a recognised centre of excellence in the UK.
  • 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.

Student Facilities

  • 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.
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Disability Services

Students' Union


  • 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

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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.

Social Media

Cardiff Metropolitan University on YouTube

Careers Guidance


For further information

  • +44 (0)29 2941 6010
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
    Llandaff Campus
    Western Avenue
    CF5 2YB
UCAS Code C20

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