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Cardiff University offers a thriving postgraduate community with over 8,500 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries. Its research intensive profile ensures that teaching stays current and relevant, preparing students for either an academic or vocational career. The Doctoral Academy provides extensive training and support to the university's many research students.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

8,510 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 62%
  • Part Time 38%

Domicile

  • UK 60%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 34%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Medicine 175 770 940
Education 25 730 755
Business & Management Studies 40 655 695
Accounting & Finance 0 535 535
Law 25 420 445
Nursing 30 335 365
Economics 15 350 365
Communication & Media Studies 45 280 325
Ophthalmics 20 285 300
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 30 265 300
General Engineering 225 20 245
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 55 185 240
Social Work 10 230 240
Biological Sciences 175 60 230
Psychology 160 60 220
Sociology 90 125 215
Chemistry 170 40 205
Computer Science 50 120 170
English 50 65 115
Mathematics 35 80 110
Civil Engineering 0 110 110
Geology 45 45 90
Physics & Astronomy 70 20 90
Architecture 50 40 90
Marketing 0 75 75
History 25 50 75
Linguistics 35 35 70
Dentistry 30 35 60
Archaeology 20 45 60
Theology & Religious Studies 15 45 60
Physiotherapy 0 55 55
Occupational Therapy 0 50 50
Music 20 30 50
Librarianship & Information Management 5 40 40
Politics 15 25 40
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 30 35
Philosophy 10 20 30
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 30 30
Medical Technology 0 30 30
Mechanical Engineering 0 25 25
Anatomy & Physiology 25 0 25
Building 0 25 25
Social Policy 5 15 25
Celtic Studies 10 10 20
Classics & Ancient History 5 5 15
Geography & Environmental Science 0 10 10
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Postgraduate Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 6,750
Mixed 7,500
Laboratory 8,500
Clinical -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Cardiff University offers a range of funding opportunities for both taught and research postgraduates.
  • The university is part of 12 doctoral training initiatives spanning ARHC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and the Wellcome Trust, and receives funding for some 200 PhD places every year.
  • A Master's Excellence Scholarship offers a £3,000 tuition fee discount to eligible courses, with £500,000 invested in this scholarship scheme.
  • The Welsh Government has also made extra funding for postgraduate master's study available for 2018 entry, subject to regulations being put in place. At Cardiff University this will be in the form of a tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible students.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Overseas/EU postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single-occupancy place in university residences, provided they meet certain deadlines.