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Undergraduate Study

At Cardiff, teaching and learning take place in an environment in which students benefit from interaction with researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines.

Mathematics undergraduate students at a seminar

In the early stages, students are given a flavour of the research activities in their subject.

As they progress, they participate increasingly in learning activities which are influenced by staff research and scholarship.

For example, there may be option modules offered in areas of particular staff research interest. Case-studies or experiments used in class may derive from live research projects.

Learning activities may be offered which develop and test the techniques and skills of research and scholarship at a level appropriate to undergraduate work - for example, through project or dissertation work.

The benefit of this approach is indicated by the high success rates of Cardiff students in pursuing their studies. Traditionally, the University has a progression rate among undergraduates which compares favourably with other leading universities and which is the strongest in Wales.

The outcome is a stimulating, successful and dynamic undergraduate community that is one of the strengths of the University.

Full details of undergraduate study opportunities at Cardiff can be found in the Prospective Students area.

Degree Structure

Degree programmes at Cardiff - with the exception of only medical and dental degrees - operate on a modular structure and this holds many potential benefits for students.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of twelve modules for each year of their degree programme.  Each module consists of tuition and associated assessment.

The Cardiff programme is designed to provide opportunities for transfers to or from other programmes of study or institutions during the school year and it enables students to receive appropriate recognition for work already completed successfully.

Each School produces information for students on their programme of study, usually in the form of a module catalogue.  Please see the Module Catalogue for full information.