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Cardiff University

4.4 out of 5 (66 ratings / 45 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.

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About

History

  • 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.

Education

Our students benefit from teaching and research that is driven by curiosity and creativity.

We work in partnership with our students to create a stimulating and supportive environment in which all our students can thrive. Studying and learning in a research-rich environment means our students are taught by scholars working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines.

Research

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

  • 5th university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on quality
  • 2nd university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on impact
  • our research contract awards have a total value of £100m
  • we have won six Queen's Anniversary Prizes
  • more than £45m has been invested in Cardiff University/Fusion IP spinouts
  • 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 and Professor Robert Huber.

Career

Whether you have no idea what you want to do yet or you know where your future lies, our Careers and Employability service can help you throughout your career journey.

  • Careers advice
  • Work experience
  • Employability and enterprise skills
  • Cardiff Award
  • Graduate recruitment

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
101
2018
101 -2
2017
99
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
2020
154 -9
2019
145 -8
2018
137
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
2020
168 -5
2019
163 -4
2018
159
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
2020
198 -11
2019
187 -25
2018
162
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

Housing services

We have a range of accommodation to suit individual preferences and budgets. Both undergraduates and postgraduates (arriving in September) are guaranteed a single occupancy room and new undergraduates will be allocated with other first year students.

Library services

Our libraries hold over 1.2 million printed books, and provide access to more than 375,000 online books and journals. Our libraries hold a range of unique and historical print collections, archives, and online resources to support learning and research.

ICT services

After enrolling you will have access to the student intranet where you will find a range of IT support, tools and resources to help in your study, including access to free anti-virus software and a free subscription to Microsoft Office while you're studying here.

You can also access the University-wide wireless network, computer suites, an IT clinic, training and workshops.

Medical services

Having a GP (general practitioner) in Cardiff means you can can easily access care and medication if you need it.You will need to find a local GP surgery and contact them about registering with them. You will normally be able to drop in to the surgery and ask to register.GP surgeries have catchment areas, so we recommend you search for a local GP practice by using your postcode.

Student Life

Campus life

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

  • Cathays Park: With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.
  • Heath Park: Our dedicated healthcare campus, with four Academic Schools on the same site as the University Hospital of Wales.

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 third in the UK, according to Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

It is run by students, for students and is home to a whole host of live entertainment, diverse clubs and societies as well as presenting a range of exciting activities. It also provides welfare and advice services to all students. The Students’ Union has a number of food outlets, shops and even a bank so you can find everything you need under one roof!

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was a great experience while studying in Cardiff. The people, the culture and the environment is prestigious. The teaching staff is really supportive and have given their best to improve my knowledge.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It has been well conducive environment for learning, the academic calendar have been suitable for most students, particularly me, it gives more time to focus and concentration to my studies. The Lecturer had been proofing more to be more explainable, vividly to every individuals in the University, I found it amazing been among the educational run racer to shaping me now...

Great place to study and live!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great uni, staff are helpful across campus. The services available to students are useful from all types of services, there's always support available. I very much enjoyed my course, especially the applied side of mathematics. The only thing I would say needs improving is the facilities/buildings everything is old and outdated in some buildings, but the university is...

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