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Cardiff University

4.5 out of 5 (110 ratings / 30 reviews) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (59)
Medicine & Health (54)
Business & Management (24)
Engineering & Technology (23)
Humanities (20)
Arts, Design & Architecture (19)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (19)
Law (18)
Computer Science & IT (13)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (13)
Journalism & Media (12)
Education & Training (8)
Applied Sciences & Professions (6)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



  • The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884.
  • We were named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and were tiny in comparison to our current size.
  • We merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) in 1988. In 1999 the public name of the University changed to Cardiff University.


We are the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning providing several hundred courses in venues across South East Wales. We also offer professional development programmes, including custom-made courses.


We have a world-leading research community with a strong and broad research base:

  • 5th university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework on rankings based on quality
  • 2nd university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework on rankings based on impact
  • our research contract awards have a total value of £500m
  • we have won six Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  • more than £45m has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • we are 8th in the UK for interactions with SMEs since 2008*
  • we rank 5th in the UK for estimated turnover (£72m) of all active graduate start-ups during the period 2008/09 - 2013/14
  • our researchers include two Nobel Prize winners - Professor Sir Martin Evans andProfessor Robert Huber.


Our graduates are sought-after by employers - more so than most other major UK universities.

  • 94.1% of graduates enter employment, further study or both shortly after graduating
  • 145,000 alumni across the globe from more than 180 countries

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
101 -2
99 2
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
145 -8
137 3
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
187 -25
162 20
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Student services

We have a range of services dedicated to helping you make the most of student life.

  • Advice and guidance for prospective and current students.
  • International student support for students from outside the UK on a wide range of issues including immigration and visas.
  • Help and assistance for students with dyslexia or disabilities, including dedicated mental health advisers.
  • Funding advice and support to UK and EU students from the Advice and Money Team
  • Counselling for students feeling distressed or anxious.
  • Careers and employability advice and information, workshops, events, work experience placements and more.
  • Day Care Centre for children of both students and staff, aged ten weeks to five years.

Housing services

We have a range of residences to suit individual preferences and budgets.

And what’s more, undergraduates and overseas/EU postgraduates (arriving in September) are guaranteed a place for their first year.

Library services

The University libraries hold over 1.3 million printed books, and provide access to more than 775,000 online books and journals. Our libraries each specialise in particular subjects, and are located across the University's campuses.

ICT services

All our students can access:

  • Computer rooms across both campuses
  • Wi-Fi access across the University and its residences
  • Web-based access to your University email, calendar, filestore, virtual learning environment, library catalogue, journals, and more, via our intranet.
  • Free and friendly support and advice from our IT clinic (located in the Students' Union)

Student Life

Campus life

Cardiff University is made up of two large, well-located campuses.

  • The Cathays Park campus is where most of our Academic Schools are based. With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.
  • Healthcare-related courses (excluding Pharmacy and Optometry) are based at Heath Park. It's just a mile from the city centre and next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields.

Sports facilities

We provide you with the opportunity to participate in both elite and recreational sport, across our four main centres within the campus.

There are over 60 clubs for men and women to get involved in, ranging from traditional sports (such as rugby and cricket) to martial arts, motorsports and watersports. We also run a High Performance Programme that provides support to student athletes, recognised as having outstanding potential.

Student clubs

Our Students’ Union is rated 5th in the UK, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, diverse clubs and societies and a comprehensive range of welfare, advice and information services – all aspects of student life within a purpose-built complex.


  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Investors in People
  • Athena SWAN
  • StonewallI
  • HR Excellence in Research
  • ISO 14001
  • BS OHSAS 18001

Student Reviews

Cardiff University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
Welsh people are incredibly friendly, cohorts comes from very diverse nation, educational backgrounds, and you can save a lot of money because living expense in Cardiff is quite small
Doing a placement or sandwich year
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
Doing a placement year definitely helped me find my topic of interest within my degree, improved my practical skills and also helped me be a lot more organised, so when I went into my final year I felt much more confident than the previous years, which definitely reflected in my grades so far!
The unforgettable experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
It is a good experience to study overseas to have foreign friends and live as a local person especially study amount of knowledge.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom