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    Welcome to Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Situated in the Welsh capital, Cardiff Metropolitan University started life out as a school of art in the late 19th century. Since then it's expanded to offer a more comprehensive selection of courses in education, health, management and sport, and officially started awarding its own degrees in 2011.

    The university is spread across three main teaching campuses, all within three miles of the city. It's an ideal location, with a pretty variety of beaches, hills and town life all on your doorstep.

    The university is well known for its sports facilities, most notably the National Indoor Athletics Centre, and has produced a glittering sporting alumni from rugby players to gymnasts and even an Olympic gold medalist. If you've got a passion for keeping fit, Cardiff Metropolitan university may just be the place for you.

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    Courses and fees

    There are a variety of courses on offer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, including part time and full time courses, postgraduate and undergraduate courses, as well as short courses and industry training courses. All qualifications are designed with your career in mind.

    Entry requirements use the UCAS system and ask for between 260 and 340 points, depending on the course you're applying for.


    The university has five schools: Art and Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management and Sport.

    The School of Art and Design is the oldest of the departments and offers courses in illustration, fine art, textiles and design. Postgraduate courses have links with South Korea and there's the opportunity to study abroad as part of your course.

    Initially founded in the 1950s as a teacher training centre, the School of Education is one of the largest training centres for Initial Teacher Training in the country.

    The School of Management is based at the Llandaff campus and offers research courses as well as undergraduate qualifications. The Wales Institute for Research into Cooperatives and the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research are both based here.

    The School of Sport uses the National Indoor Athletics Centre as its base and in addition to sports qualifications it offers degrees in sports injuries and biomechanics.


    The university welcomes students from overseas to study at Cardiff, and also participates in the Erasmus and TEMPUS schemes, meaning you can study overseas for part of your course without compromising your studies.

    Tuition fees

    For 2015 entry the standard undergraduate fees are £9,000 per year for UK and EU students. 2014 fees for international and postgraduate students have yet to be announced, but in 2013 undergraduate international fees were £9,700 per year.

    The standard postgraduate fees in 2013 were £3,930 rising to £12,995 for an executive MBA.


    There's halls of residence at both the Cyncoed and Plas Gwyn campuses, with over 1,000 spaces up for grabs. There's also around 700 private en suite rooms on offer.

    The halls all come with free internet and TV and are serviced by the Met Rider bus which provides a link to city centre.

    Cyncoed Campus

    There are 537 single study bedrooms at Cyncoed, most of which are catered meaning you don't have to worry about meals. The halls are on-campus which is ideal if you're on a sports or education course.

    In 2013 the rent for a self-catered en-suite room was £95 per week and for catered rooms it cost £131 for single rooms and £139 for en-suite rooms.

    Plas Gwyn Campus

    There are 392 rooms on offer here and it is ideally situated for the Llandaff campus. All rooms are self-catered and have en-suite bathrooms, great if you don't like sharing! The rooms are grouped into flats of eight with shared kitchen facilities and communal areas.

    In 2013 it cost between £93.50 and £96 per week to stay here.

    Private halls

    The university has secured places in four private halls of residence, all situated a maximum of 20 minutes away from campus. Liberty Court is ideal for those on Llandaff and offers single and double en suite rooms at a rate of £103.50 and £114 per week respectively. Victoria Halls are also ideal for those studying at Llandaff, offering single en-suite self catering rooms. A standard room is £99 per week, while a deluxe room is £106 per week.

    Liberty House is sistuated 20 minutes away from Cyncoed Campus and has 373 en-suite single rooms on offer at £103.50 per week. Liberty Bridge is also available and is five minutes from Howard Gardens, offering single en-suites. A standard room cost £107.50 while a premium room costs £118.

    Open days

    An open day is a great way to find out more information about Cardiff Metropolitan University and there are several days organised throughout the year so you have plenty of opportunity to see it up close and personal.

    Open days are divided up by subject so you can be sure that everything that you see and hear is relevant to your interests. You can talk to lecturers, discuss practical issues with staff members and meet people who are currently studying at the university.

    Term Dates

    The university year is divided into three terms, and the dates for the 2014/15 year were as follows:

    • Autumn term: 29 September - 19 December 2014
    • Spring term: 19 January -27 March 2015
    • Summer term: 27 April - 19 June 2015