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Cardiff Metropolitan University

2015 League Table Ranking 98
2015 Overall Score 539
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Entry Standards 301 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.88 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 851 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 507 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 50.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 85.3 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 52.9 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 46.0 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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  • 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 three teaching campuses in Cardiff (Llandaff, Cyncoed and Howard Gardens) 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.

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

Research Standards

  • Research & Enterprise Services engage in research at the interface of new knowledge creation and its application. The research has direct application in business, industry, the professions and the community at large.
  • Research Areas include Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, Product Design (PDR) and Sport. The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) recognised the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Met's success in supporting the development of world-class research, particularly in art and design.
  • 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.

Disability Services

Students' Union


  • The Cardiff School of Sport is a recognised centre of excellence in the UK, with an established national reputation for the quality of its academic, sporting and professional work.
  • The Cyncoed campus offers students some of the best sports facilities in the UK.
  • The university Scooped six gold medals at the 2010 BUCS Championships in Sheffield. Rugby (both men's and women's) is particularly strong, regularly competing for BUCS Championships. The women's rugby side have won the championships for the last five years.
  • A total of 17 former and current individuals from the university athletics team took part in the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli.
  • Past graduates have gone on to represent their country in all forms of sport, including recent graduate Dai Greene, who won Gold at the 2011 World Athletics Championships.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The start of the 2010 academic year saw the opening of the brand new, £20-million, state-of-the-art, Cardiff School of Management building at the Llandaff campus.
  • 2009 saw the opening of the £4.9-million Food Industry Centre at the LLandaff Campus.
  • A brand new Learning Centre opened at the Llandaff Campus in 2010
  • A new Student Centre at the Cyncoed Campus also opened in 2009.
  • 2014 will see the opening of a brand new, £14-million, state-of-the-art Cardiff School of Art & Design building at the Llandaff campus.

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

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For further information

  • +44 (0)29 2941 6044
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC)
    Llandaff Campus
    Western Avenue
    CF5 2YB
UCAS Code C20

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