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How to apply

Follow the steps below for a guide to the postgraduate application process.

Before you apply

1. Choose your course or research area

  • Look for a taught course or research area on Course Finder
  • Check whether there is an application deadline
  • Make sure you meet all the entry requirements
  • Check the fees (they vary depending on course) and living costs
  • If you are applying for a postgraduate research degree only, then contact the relevant School to discuss your research proposal

Please note that funded research projects have their own application instructions that may differ from the standard postgraduate process.

2. Gather supporting documents

You will need to provide:

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
  • Two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – download and fill out our Referee report form
  • Personal statement
  • Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) – see our English Language requirements

Documents can be uploaded as:

  • Word documents (.doc or .docx)
  • PDFs
  • JPEG images (.jpeg or .jpg).

The maximum file size is 1,024Kb.

If you don’t yet have all the evidence required, you can still apply and upload your supporting documents when they become available.

3. Look into potential funding options

Visit our postgraduate funding pages to see what’s available. You cannot normally apply for funding until you have an offer to study, so it’s important to apply for your chosen programme as early as possible to make time for funding applications.


Admissions criteria

We welcome applications from all students with the potential to succeed at this university.

We are seeking to admit students whose potential to benefit from our research-led learning and teaching can be demonstrated through a range of qualifications and achievements.

You will need to satisfy the relevant Admissions Tutor that you have met, or will meet, the necessary academic and non-academic criteria required for the programme of study. Able applicants who have not followed a focused programme of study will also be considered. Applications are considered on their individual merits.

Our online course finder and postgraduate prospectus will give you a broad overview of the entry requirements for particular degree programmes. However, we welcome applications from those offering alternative qualifications. We will also consider applications from those with combinations of qualifications and those with other relevant life/work experience.

English language requirements

All overseas applicants whose first language is not English must have a standard of written and spoken English that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study. See our English language requirements for further information.

Equality and diversity

Whether you’re thinking about coming to Cardiff University or you’re already a student here, we work to deliver a comprehensive range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of student life. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of our practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission.

We aim to establish an inclusive culture which ensures equality of opportunity on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.

To find out more, please see our equality and diversity pages.

Deferred entry

You usually have a choice to apply for deferred entry to most of our postgraduate programmes.

If you did not apply for a deferred entry at the time you made your application, but wish to defer subsequently, you need to contact the Admissions Tutor or your proposed supervisor explaining the circumstances surrounding your intention to defer.

For funded studentships the School may not allow deferred entry but may be flexible with the start date.

Contact us

You can contact the University in a number of ways.

General enquiries

Cardiff University
CF10 3AT

Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4000
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4000

In an emergency

Please contact the Security Office on +44 (0)29 2087 4444.

The office is open 24 hours, seven days a week.