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Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

UK & Ireland University of the Year 2021 – Times Higher Education Awards

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.

We are proud to have been awarded the highly prestigious title of ‘UK and Ireland University of the Year 2021’ by the Times Higher Education. This award follows on closely from being awarded ‘Welsh University of the Year 2021’ by the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide.

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.

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Capital City Location

We are located in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff; a vibrant city rich with culture, adventure and sport. From nightlife, shopping and an incredible international food scene to beautiful green spaces, waterways and more – all wrapped up in a compact and easy to navigate space. Home to a thriving student population, Cardiff is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable student cities in the UK.

World Leading Research

We take pride in our excellent reputation for applied research, active engagement with industry and prosperous postgraduate research community. Cardiff Met has a strong commitment to undertaking and supporting research at the cutting edge of knowledge exploration, with 79% of the University’s research impacts judged as ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World Leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

Cardiff Metropolitan University is currently ranked 3rd in the UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey with a general satisfaction rating of 88% (PRES 2021).

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Outstanding student support

We are committed to supporting the success of our postgraduate students. Our expert Student Services teams offer free, impartial and confidential counselling and advice on money, wellbeing, disability and dyslexia to support you throughout your postgraduate experience.

Cardiff Met’s Career Service can support you with your career planning and development during your studies and for up to three years after you graduate. In the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 96% of Cardiff Met postgraduates secured employment or entered further study within six months of graduation.

Funding and scholarships

A range of bursaries, scholarships, loans and grants is available. Find out more at: cardiffmet.ac.uk/postgraduate

For up-to-date course fees please visit: cardiffmet.ac.uk/finance

For International scholarship information please visit: cardiffmet.ac.uk/international

How to apply

Applications should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility.

Before making an application please visit our postgraduate advice for applicant webpages: cardiffmet.ac.uk/adviceforapplicants

For further information please contact the Admissions Team:

Email: askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Twitter: @CMetAdmissions

Tel: +44 (0)29 2041 6010



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CSAD has a long history of postgraduate study and in the generation and art and design research. It has an active and supportive postgraduate environment and its tutors and supervisors have significant expertise in the various ways in which art, design and engineering theory and practice can contribute to knowledge.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Art & Design panel rated 95% of the research submission as international standard, with 70% rated as either Internationally Excellent or World Leading. Postgraduate study opportunities exist both at Masters and PhD level. Masters courses offered include: Master of Fine Art, MA Art & Design, Master of Design, MA Ceramics and MSc Advanced Product Design. The school also offers specialist routes for the MA Art & Design course in Communication, Fine Art, Art & Science, Ecologies, Philosophy and Textiles.

Research degrees supervision is available for a wide range of topics and the School has a very good record of successful completions. This reflects the close supervision and the support its research students receive. This is particularly the case with international students, who receive very significant additional support from the university’s International Office. In addition to the university’s training programme in generic research methods, the School provides specialist training in methods specific to the discipline e.g. art and design practice, reinforced during students’ regular supervisory tutorials.

The School welcomes research degree applications in the following fields:

• Advanced Prototype Research
• Art
• Art History
• Ceramics
• Creative Digital Technology
• Creative Teaching
• Ecological Building Practices
• Embodied Interaction
• Fine Art
• Science.
• Sensory Design
• Theory and Philosophy

Full-time research students are allocated a dedicated and suitably equipped workspace, with access to specialist facilities in one of the School’s research centres. Many students have successfully secured grants or awards covering tuition fees and maintenance for their research degree studies, most notably from Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), where the School has worked very closely with candidates, on their application.

For further details of the research undertaken by Cardiff School of Art and Design’s and the range of research degrees and financial support that may be available, visit: www.cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org or contact Debbie Savage, Research Co-ordinator at CSADResDegrees@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

For further details on the Masters courses, contact CSADPostgradStudies@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

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The Cardiff School of Education has over 2000 students supported by over 100 academic and administrative staff. The School is divided into three Departments, Initial Teacher Education and Training (ITET), Humanities, and Professional Development. Together, these three Departments offer a wide range of programmes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In 2001 the School celebrated 50 years of ITET provision in Cardiff and it remains the largest in Wales and one of the largest centres for ITET in the United Kingdom. It has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its provision that has been publicly recognised by Estyn through its inspection process. Both the Department of Humanities and Department of Professional Development have excellent recruitment figures and their programmes have an increasing national and internal reputation for excellence.

The research culture in the School also continues to grow. As we attract more full-time and part-time M. Phil., Ed.D. and PhD students, including those from the international context, the School has increased its research output.

Many colleagues within the School are involved in the in-service training of teachers and other professionals. There is an ever-increasing amount of Enterprise activity undertaken by the School which all complements its core business of delivering high quality education and training.

Cardiff is a wonderful city in which to study and the Cardiff School of Education has an enviable reputation for the excellence of its provision.

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At the Cardiff School of Management (CSM) we pride ourselves on having a strong reputation in applied research and active engagement with business and industry and can offer you first-class taught courses and unique research opportunities.

Our state-of-the-art facilities at the Llandaff Campus provides a great learning environment and enables the School to continue to be a leading centre in the UK for teaching and research in business subjects.

The School’s MBA currently has approximately 400 students on the full-time programme and many more on the distance learning and top-up options, making it one of the largest groups of programmes of its kind in Europe. It is an internationally recognised and respected qualification attracting students from the public and private sectors, from the UK and abroad. The MBA is complemented by the new part-time Executive MBA for experienced managers. Its highly practical and action-oriented approach combines intensive modular input in weekend blocks with real business projects and close tutorial support.

The School also offers a range of taught postgraduate programmes in Computing and Information Systems, Finance, Law, Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management.

Within CSM there is a well embedded research culture that permeates across the school. Research not only serves to advance management knowledge, it underpins and enriches our teaching and learning. CSM has a vibrant portfolio of specialist Masters as well as a PhD programme with over 60 enrolled MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate candidates. Many of our research degree candidates are international students funded by scholarships from their governments. We welcome applications from graduates who are wishing to pursue MPhil and PhDs related to our areas of expertise. We also welcome applications for our MRes or Professional Doctorate programmes.

Research activities at the School are organised into five broad themes within business and management and fourResearch Centres in specific areas. Much of our research is multidisciplinary, often carried out with researchers from other university faculties and knowledge networks around the world.

The five broad themes which reflect the interests and expertise of active researchers in the School are:
• Competitiveness, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Governance, Accountability and Social Justice
• Information Systems, Technology and People
• New Economies
• Tourism.

Under these themes sit the Schools four Research Centres:
• Cardiff Institute for Co-operative Studies
• Centre for Visioning Sustainable Societies
• Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre
• Welsh Centre for Tourism Research

For further details of the research undertaken by Cardiff School of Management and the range of research degrees offered, visit: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/csm.

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Cardiff School of Sport, with its 60 year history, is a recognised centre of excellence within the United Kingdom. It has established a national and international reputation for the quality of its academic, sporting and research work. The Cardiff School of Sport provides students with a setting in which they can achieve academic, sporting and professional excellence in a supportive environment.

The postgraduate programmes within the Cardiff School of Sport are contemporary in their content and meet the needs of the market and employers. Research can be undertaken within eight main subject areas: Sport Psychology, Physiology and Health, Performance Analysis, Sport Coaching, Sport Biomechanics, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport, Strength and Conditioning and Sport Management. The postgraduate teaching team bring together a wide range of academic and practitioner skills and experiences. They are at the cutting-edge of research, scholarly, professional and consultancy activities, which they draw upon to inform their teaching.

All programmes are informed by links to their respective professional bodies, for example, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS). Due cognisance is taken of developments within all of those professional organisations which is illustrated by the current mapping process being undertaken to link the degree pathway with the knowledge and understanding elements of relevant National Occupational Standards.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Cardiff School of Sport was one of three REF returns made by the University that contributed to Cardiff Met being the leading post-1992 University for research quality.

The joint submission made by the Cardiff School of Sport and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University was ranked 7th out of 51 submissions both on research power and research quality by the Times Higher Education. Significantly, in the overall quality profile for our submission to Unit of Assessment 26 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism), 80% of the research was rated as World Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*). The impact of our research on the world beyond academia and the research environment was entirely rated as 4* or 3*.


Additional to this the School has a thriving community of students undertaking research degrees at master’s (MPhil) and doctoral (PhD) level. A growing number of these students are in receipt of funding from a variety of funding sources and bodies.

For further details of the research degree opportunities in the Cardiff School of Sport contact: Dr Steve Cooper smcoope@cardiffmet.ac.uk - Graduate Studies Coordinator.

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