Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff  United Kingdom

This is the capital of new beginnings, new friends, big dreams, big ambitions, bigger hearts, warm welcomes, inspiring mentors, challenging concepts and changing mindsets, determination, drive, transformation, bright ideas and bright futures, passion, adventure, wonder, you. Cardiff Metropolitan University delivers a wide range of full and part-time taught postgraduate, research and professional opportunities across our five academic schools - programmes that will further develop your specialist subject knowledge, enhance your career prospects and provide a springboard for further study. With academics engaged in the industry and research, our programmes are oriented toward practice-focused and professionally recognised education, ensuring high impact by meeting industry needs and influencing governmental bodies, organisations, and networks across our subjects.

Why study at Cardiff Metropolitan University?

79% of the University’s research impacts judged as ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World Leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

A Top 10 UK University for International Students in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards (2023).

We are located in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. Cardiff is ranked as one of the most affordable student cities in the UK (NatWest, 2023).


postgraduate students




ranked in in the UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey with a general satisfaction rating of 90% (PRES 2022).

Cardiff  United Kingdom

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Business & Management (5) Creative Arts & Design (9) Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27) Social Work (32) Sociology (33) Food Sciences (15) Psychology (31) Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8) Education (11) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Communication & Media Studies (7) Engineering (12) Law (22) Finance (14) Politics & Government (30) Economics (10)

About Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University delivers professionally recognised degrees, together with impactful research and innovation, in art and design, business and management, education and public services, sport and health sciences, and technologies and engineering.

As a driver of education and social transformation, we work with purpose to ensure that every student can realise their full potential to their own and future generations. We are a catalyst for innovation and the economy, and a key contributor to inclusive and sustainable growth both nationally and internationally.

A collaborative and compassionate community, our values of creativity, diversity, freedom and innovation are lived through the behaviours of our staff and students; by our leadership, trust, courage and accountability to each other, and to our partners.

This is our city – the capital of Wales. Full of culture, adventure and sport. Nightlife, shopping, a thriving international food scene, green spaces, waterways and more – all wrapped up in a compact and easy to navigate space.

Whether you’re local to the city, or considering studying with us from further afield, we’re confident that Cardiff is the place you’ll want to call home. With a thriving student population, Cardiff is ranked as one of the most affordable student cities in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2023).

Cardiff Met is spread across two locations close to the city centre; our campuses offer everything you need to succeed in your studies, as well as a wide range of social and sports facilities.

Learning from academic staff who have similar youth work experiences like Cez James really helps you to relate to, understand, and put into context what youth and community work is all about. Lecturers have helped me to explore other aspects of youth work, which I have introduced into my workplace.

The course modules in the first year were interesting and covered all the relevant information that I needed to link with practice. Regular reflective practice, support from tutors and from my fieldwork facilitator, assisted my journey of working with young people and I was able to demonstrate clear progression throughout my portfolio.

“As a result of what I am learning at Cardiff Met, I now have more confidence in my teaching style, and I am learning to adapt to different styles of teaching practice. Throughout my MA TESOL, I have developed a better understanding of the importance of research, and how it can help me improve my teaching practice. I firmly believe that what I am learning today will qualify me for any teaching role in the world.”

The MA English Literature & Creative Writing empowered me to feel like a writer. At times, I wrote new stories each week, which I shared in class. Receiving constructive criticism from tutors and other students helped me to see what elements of my writing worked, and what didn’t. My editing skills were becoming fierce! It was great to have a split of literature and creative writing.

The MA in Specialist Journalism set me up with the tools and knowledge to establish myself within the UK media industry. Our weekly workshops consisted of writing articles, creating videos and producing magazines, which gave us the skills of an multimedia journalist. We had in-depth discussions of law and ethics within the industry, as well as a course in research. The continual practice of writing, researching, and developing stories created generated self-assurance within work placements, and now in my new career.

I chose Specialist Journalism because I realised not every wordsmith was put on this earth to become a famous novelist. Deep down, I always knew journalism was my calling, I just needed to believe in myself more. To have belief was exactly what this university and its formidable lecturers taught me. This MA helped me stupendously as a journalist and gave me so much more confidence within my craft. As I chose to specialise in sports journalism, I was able to secure some great internships that shaped my understanding of the industry and bulked up my CV in the process.

By choosing the ALN pathway, I have had the chance to meet some amazing professionals who work in the field of Additional Learning Needs. I have had conversations that have intrigued and enriched my experience as a teacher and as a student and put into context the work that I am doing. The course has allowed me to become a more compassionate person in my personal life and professional life as it has allowed me to understand the diverse ways in which people see life.

In my role as a teacher, I hope to one day be able to work more directly in the area of additional learning needs, and the Masters has allowed me to become more confident in my ability to do this. It has also meant that in an ever-changing environment, I have kept my qualifications up to date if I wanted to become an Additional Learning Needs Coordinator in school.

I found studying the MA Education beneficial in both personal and professional contexts. It helped to further my confidence and communication skills, as well as develop my academic abilities and transferable skills. The range of assignment formats (written essays, presentations, blogs and case studies) has tested my use of analytical and written skills.

Completing my dissertation on technology in education and the Digital Competence Framework, ultimately led me to my role as Research Assistant for SHOUT4HE Erasmus+ project and enrol onto a PhD. I wholeheartedly believe that I would not be capable of doing my job and carrying out my responsibilities if it was not for my time on the MA Education course.

Rather than registering on the PGCE PCET course immediately, in order to get a taste of the course, I completed the 10 week short course “Preparing To Teach In PCET’ which ran for one evening a week. This module also contributed towards the full PGCE PCET award. The structure of the full course, studied part time over two years, was very effective in terms of being able to complete the course content on one specific afternoon / evening a week whilst working around other commitments. I am now lecturering at Aberystwyth University.

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