February 2017

The stories below are taken from the February 2017 edition of the Agents Newsletter.

School of English, Communication & Philosophy

Dynamic, diverse and friendly, we are a multi-discipline school that values critical rigour, creative thinking and intellectual inquisitiveness.

We offer a broad range of postgraduate opportunities in both postgraduate taught (one year masters) and postgraduate research (PhD, MPhil, PgDip) in our esteemed specialisms:

  • English Language and Communication
  • English Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Philosophy

Our research is recognised internationally for its excellence. We were ranked in the top ten for the quality of our English Language and Literature research, including Creative Writing, in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), which assesses the standard of research quality in all UK higher education institutions. In the same exercise, Philosophy demonstrated that its research had dynamic transformative impact beyond the academy.

Spotlight on: English Language & Literature

Cardiff University has joined the world's top 100 universities for the study of English Language & Literature in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. Read in full here.

School of Music - MA Music pathways

The MA in Music allows students to specialise in one of three areas of expertise: Performance, Composition and Music Studies. Applicants are asked to confirm which pathway they are interested in studying at the point of application, so we recommend that applicants are guided towards a particular pathways depending on their experience.

Along with the online application form, references and transcripts, applicants to the MA in Music are asked to provide additional application material unique to each pathway which can be read on the programme page, at the following website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/music-ma

All pathways require a minimum English language proficiency of 6.5 IELTS. However, due to the more academic nature of the Music Studies pathway, a high level English language comprehension and writing skill is needed.

Further questions about which pathway would be most applicable for a student can be directed to the programme’s Admission Tutor contact Victoria Parkin who will be happy to advise. Please send any enquiries to Agents@cardiff.ac.uk and we will send these to the School in order to request further advice.

College of Physical Sciences & Engineering: New programmes announced!

MA Architectural Design

This programme is aimed at students who are looking for a design-focused postgraduate programme but who do not necessarily have the RIBA part 1 qualification.  It shares any of the design elements of our established MArch programme but provides greater flexibility in terms of study choices.

MSc Building Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Performance

This course aims to give students a solid foundation in the evaluation of the operational performance of buildings for energy and environmental aspects.  It will prepare you for a future career in a range of roles in facilities and building management, consultancy and environmental performance.

Masters in Design Administration

The aim of this programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the management and legal aspects of design, and the skills necessary to successfully administer the procurement of design services and building projects. Details about this course will be live on our website soon, so please check the Course Finder section for further information in the coming weeks.

National Software Academy

View an introduction and overview of the the National Software Academy, which is where students will study the recently introduced BSc Applied Software Engineering.

School of Dentistry – New £2m dental simulation suite

Students studying at Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry will now have access to a brand-new simulation suite, providing them with the latest equipment for practising all aspects of dentistry.

The highly sophisticated training facility, will allow trainee dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists to perform procedures on simulation manikins before entering patient clinics. Discover more on our website.

Free online training course

We’d like to draw your attention to a new free online course developed by the Translation Team at Cardiff’s School of Modern Languages, entitled ‘Working with Translation: Theory and Practice’, which will begin on Monday 27 February 2017. The course is meant to introduce the basics of translation and interpreting and explore the varied roles played by professional and non-professional translators and interpreters in the contemporary world, and we thought that it might be of interest to you or your students.

Please feel free to recommend this course to your students or your colleagues, it is open to everyone!

Innovation Campus under construction

Work is underway to start preparing the ground for the new Cardiff Innovation Campus. This new campus will host the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, the world’s first Social Science Research Park, and an innovation centre. Cardiff University is investing £300 million into this exciting new project which is due to officially open in 2019.

This investment includes building new bridges in the city, which will not only benefit students and staff but the local community as a whole.