Cardiff University Undergraduate Admissions
We are looking to admit students whose potential to benefit from our research-led learning and teaching might be demonstrated through a range of qualifications and achievements prior to entry into Higher Education.
You will need to satisfy the relevant admissions tutor that you have achieved the necessary academic and non-academic criteria required for the programme of study.
Our online Course Finder and our undergraduate prospectus will help give you a broad overview of the entry requirements and typical offers for particular degree programmes. However, each of our Academic Schools publishes its own admissions criteria and you are advised to compare the criteria for both Schools if you are applying for a joint honours programme. For some vocational programmes with very specific or detailed entry requirements, including the MBBCh in Medicine (A100) and the BDS in Dentistry (A200), the admissions criteria are produced at programme level.
Admissions and selection criteria by Academic School/subject
This information will assist applicants in assessing whether they have the skills, attributes and qualifications which our Schools have identified as being important if students are to succeed on their undergraduate programmes of study. It also summarises the process which the School uses for selecting students and making offers, so that applicants understand how the School considers their applications.
For the BSc in Architectural Studies and the MArch (Part 2).
For all undergraduate Biosciences programmes.
For all undergraduate Cardiff Business School programmes.
For all undergraduate Chemistry programmes.
Computer Science and Informatics
For all undergraduate Computer Science programmes, including selection for the Computer Science component of joint honours programmes.
For all undergraduate School of Dentistry programmes.
Earth and Ocean Sciences
For all undergraduate Earth and Ocean Sciences degree programmes.
For all undergraduate Engineering programmes.
English, Communication and Philosophy
For all undergraduate programmes in the School, including selection for the relevant component of joint honours programmes.
Geography and Planning
For all undergraduate Planning and Geography programmes.
Admissions criteria for all undergraduate Healthcare Sciences programmes.
History, Archaeology and Religion
For all undergraduate programmes in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion and the School’s element of joint honours programmes.
Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
For all undergraduate Journalism programmes, including selection for the Journalism component of joint honours programmes.
Law and Politics
Admissions criteria for all undergraduate programmes in the School of Law and Politics.
This information applies to all undergraduate Mathematics programmes, including selection for the Mathematics component of joint honours programmes.
Admissions criteria for all undergraduate programmes in the School of Medicine.
For all undergraduate Modern Languages programmes (French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies and Translation).
For all undergraduate Music programmes, including selection for the Music component of joint honours programmes.
For the undergraduate BSc in Optometry.
For the undergraduate programme MPharm.
Physics and Astronomy
For all undergraduate Physics and Astronomy programmes – single or joint honours.
For undergraduate single honours Psychology and Psychology with Professional Placement programmes.
For all undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Social Sciences, including selection for joint honours programmes.
For all undergraduate Welsh programmes, including selection for the Welsh component of joint honours programmes.
English Language qualifications
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. Although the University has general English language requirements, some Academic Schools have higher requirements.
Feedback, complaints and appeals
The University has agreed procedures for dealing with requests for feedback which is outlined in the Admissions Framework:
- Complaints & Appeals Procedure for Applicants