In keeping with its mission, Cardiff Metropolitan University has sought to expand its role in partnership activities, in Wales, elsewhere in the UK and internationally.  The University takes various factors into consideration when deciding on the type of arrangement for academic programmes offered in collaboration, often depending on the in-house expertise. Below are the main types of collaboration for delivery of Cardiff Metropolitan University degree​s, as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan Uni​v​ersity Academic Handbook​.




A programme initially developed and validated for delivery at the University and subsequently delivered at a partner institution. Franchised programmes may be allowed limited, approved modifications deemed by the University to reflect the local context of the collaborating institution;


A programme developed by the collaborating institution and approved by the University to be delivered in that institution;

In both of the above, delivery of the programme is normally by staff of the collaborating institution, though there may be some delivery by University staff in certain cases.

Outreach franchise 

A programme developed and validated at the University delivered at an institution other than the University by staff of the University or a combination of Cardiff Metropolitan University and partner staff.

The University also ope​rates an External Moderation arrangement whereby University staff provide quality assurance guidance and play a developmental role with a partner. Under this arrangement the students are not enrolled with the University. 

​To find out more about Cardiff Metropolitan University's partners​ and their provision in Wales, England or overseas, please use the menu on the left hand side. For a full list of our partners and courses delivered please see our Register of partnerships and collaborative provision​​.

The University also provides partners with information relating to the various processes and functions involved in a successful collaboration through the Collaborative Provision Handbook.





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