Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.03 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.00 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.09 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    59.0 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    67.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    82.3 / 100.0


  • 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.
  • The university celebrated its 150 year anniversary in 2015.

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

  • Entry requirements for programmes vary depending on the programme.
  • Various programmes require specific qualifications e.g. some art and design programmes require an art foundation qualification.

Student Mix

The 13,670 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 65%
  • Postgraduate 35%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 88%
  • Part Time 12%


  • UK 65%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 32%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University offers a variety of career focused, full- and part-time programmes, ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate to PhD.
  • A range of short courses and industry training courses are also available.

Teaching Standards

  • 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*).

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.

Undergraduate Courses

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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.

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.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers Service can help you whilst you study and after you graduate.

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.

Further Details

Address Cardiff Metropolitan University
Llandaff Campus
Western Avenue
UCAS Code C20