December 2017

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

International Scholarships

We have just launched our 2018 Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships and your students could be eligible for an award!

Scholarships of £2,000 are available across a wide range of subject areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Unfortunately, no cash alternative is available and the award cannot be used in place of any required deposit. Visit our website to see the full list of courses eligible for the scholarship.

How to apply
It's easy. You don't need to do anything. As long as your student is holding an offer for a qualifying programme they will automatically be eligible for an award.

Undergraduates – Applicants just need to meet or exceed the conditions stated in their UCAS offer and the scholarship will be taken off their tuition fees.

Postgraduates - To be awarded a scholarship, students must meet or exceed the conditions stated in their offer and pay their deposit by the stated deadline.

Find out more
For further information about the Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship and for full terms and conditions, please visit our website or email us on

Pre-Sessional Programmes

We are accepting applications for our Pre-sessional Programmes 2018 from 1 December 2017.  There will be a significant increase in the number of places available in summer 2018.

For full details and further information please see are available on our website.

Please note:
Our 8-week courses are accepted for entry to all UG/PG courses with an overall entry requirement of IELTS 6.5

Our 10-week course is accepted for entry to all UG/PG courses with an overall entry requirement of IELTS 7.0

Our 20-week and 12-week courses are accepted by certain Schools at Cardiff University.

As in previous years, some students will be eligible for a combined CAS in order to apply for a visa which covers the Pre-sessional and academic course – however, please note that this is not possible for the 20-week course under UKVI regulations (because the Pre-sessional course is longer than three months).

Please contact us on with your queries – we are here to help!

Spotlight on Criminology

This autumn, Cardiff University hosted the European Society of Criminology annual conference, with over 1100 delegates from the UK, Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. The four-day conference drew experts from around the globe to discuss topics such as policing, criminal justice, and the impact of technology on crime and security.

The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University is a leading School offering a number of Criminology degrees. These interdisciplinary programmes explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to criminalisation, victimisation and social responses to crime and disorder. Taught in a research-driven environment, students have the opportunity to participate in criminological research projects and visits. The School of Social Sciences also offers an MSc in Crime, Safety and Justice, producing postgraduates ready to take on the policy challenges of crime, safety and justice. Criminology graduates from Cardiff University have gone on to careers in policing, local and national government, youth and community work, and psychology.

Translation Studies

We are delighted to invite applications for places on our MA in Translation. The Cardiff University School of Modern Languages is home to a diverse, vibrant, supported community of modern linguists from all over the globe. Our MA allows students to work between any language pairings.

The flyer for the MA may be found here and full details of the course are available online. The course offers a compelling range of very practical modules directly aimed at the job market (a work placement module, subtitling and interpreting modules as well as a full range of specialised translation modules – scientific, medical and pharmaceutical, legal etc). It also offers more cultural modules for those with PhD ambitions in related areas. We have designed the MA to allow students to tailor their MA studies to their core interests and career ambitions and we are delighted by our students’ response to our MA and their enjoyment of it with 100% satisfaction rates in a recent survey.  We are also very proud of what our students go on to achieve and many of them keep in touch with us throughout their successful careers, such as Spencer Russ, who came from Texas to complete his MA with us in 2016.

We offer all of those who are interested in applying for a place on our MA Translation a Skype meeting with Professor Loredana Polezzi, a specialist in cultural translation, co-editor of the prestigious international journal The Translator and co-investigator of the AHRC project Transnationalizing Modern Languages. We’ve also developed a free online public access taster course entitled ‘Working with Translation: Theory and Practice’. If you are interested in finding out more about this online public access course which is designed to introduce the basics of translation and interpreting and to explore the varied roles played by professional and non-professional translators and interpreters in the contemporary world, please take a look at its welcome page and trailer. The October version of the course has just completed but it will run again in the Spring and you can sign up on the link above for notifications about when it will open for registrations.

Master of Design Administration (MDA)

Think of this course as an MBA for the built environment.  Applicants will need at least three years’ experience in the built environment and will come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including architecture, engineering, contracting, facilities management or related fields.

This course, based in the world top 50 Welsh School of Architecture, is led by one of the most preeminent authors and experts in the field, Professor Sarah Lupton.  It offers flexible learning for those working in industry, and students will only be required to attend three four-day contact sessions in person.  The rest of the course is delivered via distance and work-place based learning.

Applications are open now.

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture

This course addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with the IT, digital fabrication, and simulation software skills to solve unique design problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will provide students with the knowledge and skills to use digital techniques in the design process and discover innovative computational methods for use in the creative and design industries. Students will be taught by experts across the subjects of architecture, computer science and engineering, which will give them a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to looking at design.

This programme is suitable for graduates in architecture, the built environment, civil engineering, architectural engineering, computer science, or for professionals who wish to develop a specialisation in computational methods in architecture.  A portfolio will be required.

Applications are open now.

MSc Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling (BIM) for Smart Engineering

This course will provide students with the necessary training, skills and hands-on experience to become successful in the dynamic and highly competitive fields of BIM and digital /smart engineering.  Unique to the Cardiff BIM MSc, students will focus on a digital engineering perspective covering both buildings and infrastructure sectors, with the opportunity to obtain a highly regarded industry BIM certificate.

This programme is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in Civil, Structural, Environmental and Construction Engineering, and other related disciplines, such as Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science, working towards digital/smart engineering.

Applications are open now.

MSc Software Engineering

Building on the huge success of the BSc Applied Software Engineering, the Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics is proud to launch the MSc in Software Engineering, at the National Software Academy.  Students will undertake practical development using current leading-edge commercial tools and techniques and be exposed to direct industrial involvement in a dynamic commercial-like environment.

This one year programme welcomes students with a background in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects as well as other disciplines and students are expected to have some basic prior programming knowledge.

Applications are open now.

BN Hons Adult Nursing

We are proud to be able to offer a limited number of spaces for international students on our Adult Nursing (BN) programme.

Adult nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career choice:
  • Be part of something special and take part in a degree which will prepare you for a life as a confident and knowledgeable registered nurse.
  • You will be supported by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers, and you will have your own personal tutor for the duration of the course.
  • The programme is 50% theory and 50% in practice. You will be allocated a mentor in each clinical placement to support your practice development.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in both primary and hospital settings within the many speciality departments of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
  • On qualification, you will eligible to register to work in the UK as a registered nurse*

(*subject to international visa restrictions).

Further information about this programme can be found here.

Students can apply for this programme via UCAS or through the Health and Life Science International Foundation Programme (depending on their qualification).