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Cardiff University

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Cardiff University, Cardiff United Kingdom

Ranking

# 166QS World University Rankings

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305Undergraduate programs

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182Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

$19700Average tuition fee

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University was ranked as one of the world’s top 154 Universities by the QS World University Rankings 2019/20. As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff is one of Britain's top 24 leading research universities. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact.

The University’s Portland-stone buildings are centrally located amidst parks and tree-lined avenues in the city's civic centre. Students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to excellence. Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. Through this blend of established tradition and cutting-edge innovation, Cardiff University offers a stimulating environment for study and research. The University's expertise in research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology and lifelong learning. According to the latest QS World University Rankings, Cardiff is ranked in the top 50 for Architecture/Built Environment, Communication and Media Studies, and Psychology; and ranked in the top 100 for Accounting & Finance, Geography, English Language & Literature, Sports Related Subjects and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

Cardiff University’s outstanding research community features 2 Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 7 Fellows of the British Academy, and 21 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The University’s global community, reputation and partnerships are at the heart of its identity. Over 25% of the student population consists of international students. Cardiff University is keen to develop this international community and offers international scholarships, worth over £2M at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Driven by creativity and curiosity, Cardiff University strives to fulfil its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Cardiff University has 16 libraries, 25 IT suites and is a Wi-Fi-enabled campus. In recent years, substantial investment has been made in the University estate to increase available facilities for students and staff. In 2016, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh opened our new £44m Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) on the Innovation campus. A further £400m will be used to expand this Innovation Campus and create a new Centre for Student Life.

The city of Cardiff offers an excellent study location. Students benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city. Cardiff hosts numerous high-profile events, including the UEFA Champions League Final, the IAAF World Half Marathon, and concerts from stars such as Beyoncé and Coldplay. As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is home to many of the UK’s national institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the commanding Millennium Stadium. You can also find stunning national parks and beautiful beaches just 30 minutes from Cardiff.

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About Cardiff University

Cardiff University was ranked as one of the world’s top 154 Universities by the QS World University Rankings 2019/20. As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff is one of Britain's top 24 leading research universities. Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact.

The University’s Portland-stone buildings are centrally located amidst parks and tree-lined avenues in the city's civic centre. Students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to excellence. Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. Through this blend of established tradition and cutting-edge innovation, Cardiff University offers a stimulating environment for study and research. The University's expertise in research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology and lifelong learning. According to the latest QS World University Rankings, Cardiff is ranked in the top 50 for Architecture/Built Environment, Communication and Media Studies, and Psychology; and ranked in the top 100 for Accounting & Finance, Geography, English Language & Literature, Sports Related Subjects and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

Cardiff University’s outstanding research community features 2 Nobel Prize winners, 13 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 7 Fellows of the British Academy, and 21 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The University’s global community, reputation and partnerships are at the heart of its identity. Over 25% of the student population consists of international students. Cardiff University is keen to develop this international community and offers international scholarships, worth over £2M at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Driven by creativity and curiosity, Cardiff University strives to fulfil its social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Cardiff University has 16 libraries, 25 IT suites and is a Wi-Fi-enabled campus. In recent years, substantial investment has been made in the University estate to increase available facilities for students and staff. In 2016, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh opened our new £44m Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) on the Innovation campus. A further £400m will be used to expand this Innovation Campus and create a new Centre for Student Life.

The city of Cardiff offers an excellent study location. Students benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city. Cardiff hosts numerous high-profile events, including the UEFA Champions League Final, the IAAF World Half Marathon, and concerts from stars such as Beyoncé and Coldplay. As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is home to many of the UK’s national institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the commanding Millennium Stadium. You can also find stunning national parks and beautiful beaches just 30 minutes from Cardiff.

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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,000 GBP
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International Students

19,700 GBP
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Rankings & ratings

Cardiff University is one of the top public universities in Cardiff, United Kingdom. It is ranked #166 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #143
  • 2014
    #=136
  • 2015
    #=123
  • 2016
    #122
  • 2017
    #140
  • 2018
    #=137
  • 2019
    #145
  • 2020
    #154
  • 2021
    #159
  • 2022
    #=151
  • 2023
    #166

Available programs

Cardiff University was ranked as one of the world’s top 154 Universities, reaching #25 in the world for Communication & Media Studies, #37 for Architecture/Built Environment, #43 for Engineering - Mineral & Mining, and #50 for Dentistry, in addition to English Language & Literature, Geography, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Psychology, and Social Policy & Administration all ranking in the top 100 according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff is also one of Britain's top 24 leading teaching universities.

Cardiff University’s undergraduate teaching has been recognised as excellent in the UK, with Anatomy & Physiology and Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations recognised as #4, and Dentistry and Health Professions #5, Media & Film Studies as #6, Architecture and Pharmacy & Pharmacology as #7, and Psychology as #8 in The Guardian University Guide 2020, and Cardiff’s Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics, and Pharmacology & Pharmacy ranked #2 in The Complete University Guide 2020, with Dentistry as #3, Physiotherapy and Celtic Studies as #4, Communication & Media Studies and Medical Technology as #5, Architecture as #7, and Civil Engineering, German, and Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design as #10. Many of the University’s degree schemes are accredited by professional bodies and provide partial or complete exemption from relevant professional examinations.

Cardiff offers unique opportunities for its students during their undergraduate studies. Students can undertake international study, volunteering and work placements through the Global Opportunities Team. Students can also learn a language for free as part of the Languages for All initiative – Welsh lessons are also offered to help students get a flavour for the unique cultural environment Cardiff provides. These extra services, as well as a dedicated Students’ Union, ensure that students at Cardiff University thoroughly enjoy their Cardiff University experience. In the National Student Survey 2019, 86% of final-year undergraduate students reported that they were satisfied with their course.

Undergraduate students at Cardiff University are supported throughout their courses, right from day one up until graduation. In addition to having access to facilities supporting student wellbeing, such as the dedicated International Student Support team, Cardiff University students also have access to an excellent careers and employability service. According to the HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2016/17, 95.7% of Cardiff graduates enter employment or professional training/postgraduate study shortly after graduation.

A place in one of the University’s 5,543 student rooms is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates entering through the normal admissions cycle. The vast majority of student residences are single en-suite study bedrooms in self-catered flats. Students enjoy some of the lowest rents in the UK, according to a survey by the National Union of Students.

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Study with us at Cardiff University and you’ll join a thriving community of more than 7,500 postgraduate students. Interested in becoming one of them? Here’s our top 10 reasons to choose Cardiff for your postgrad course:

1. World-leading research

We were ranked 5th among UK universities when judged on research quality and 2nd on research impact in REF 2014. We’re also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading universities.

2. Teaching excellence

We have a long history of providing outstanding research-led teaching. We’re ranked among the top 40 universities in Europe for teaching excellence (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings, 2019). Our staff are experts in their fields, working at the forefront of their academic discipline – which means that you will too.

3. A capital city with a difference

Bursting with culture, cuisine, architecture, entertainment and history, Cardiff was ranked the third best capital city in Europe in 2015 alongside Copenhagen and Stockholm. The city is also budget-friendly: Cardiff was recently ranked as the UK’s most affordable university city (Natwest Student Living Index 2019).

4. On the doorstep to wild Wales

Beyond the buzz of the city, you’ll find incredible beaches, countryside and mountains. The nearby Brecon Beacons National Park offers outstanding scenery and wildlife alongside ample opportunity for adventure sports and outdoor pursuits.

5. A wide range of postgraduate programmes

We offer more than 300 postgraduate study opportunities. Many of our programmes can be studied part-time, which is ideal if you need to balance study with professional, financial or family commitments. We also offer a number of conversion courses.

6. Expert career guidance

Cardiff was ranked 15th in the UK in the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2018. Wherever you are in your career journey, our team of professional careers advisers can help you develop your career plans after graduation.

7. Funding opportunities

We have a number of funding opportunities available, including our Master’s Excellence Scholarship scheme. Many courses are also eligible for government postgraduate loans for master’s programmes for UK and EU students.

8. Outstanding student support

We want to help you make the most of your postgraduate experience, by ensuring you can access any additional help you may need. From money advice and confidential counselling to disability services and award-winning childcare, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

9. Languages for All

Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to improve your language skills alongside your studies – for free. Our flexible choice of study options allows you to learn in a way that suits you, through weekly classes, intensive sessions or independent learning.

10. One of the best Students’ Unions in the UK

Our Students' Union is rated one of the Top 4 in the UK. Home to over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs, a free employment service and a number of social spaces, the Students' Union caters to every student's needs.

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