Ranked 5th in the UK for Research Excellence (REF, 2014) and one of the top 125 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2015/2016), Cardiff University is recognised as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities.
Founded in 1883, the University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology.
According to the latest league table standings, Cardiff is amongst the world’s elite institutions in 27 of 35 subjects according to QS World University Rankings by subject 2016:
Top 50 in:
Architecture / Built Environment,
Top 100 in:
Accounting & Finance,
Communication & Media Studies,
Engineering - Civil & Structural,
English Language & Literature,
Pharmacy & Pharmacology.
Teaching at Cardiff is informed by world-class research. Cardiff’s roll of honour includes:
2 Nobel Prize winners, 12 Fellows of the Royal Society, 11 fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 6 Fellows of the British Academy, 19 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 32Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, 6 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
95.3% of Cardiff graduates enter employment or professional training/postgraduate study shortly after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey 2013/14).
In recent years, substantial investment has been made in the University estate, including the building of a third science and innovation campus. The University has 16 libraries, 25 IT suites and is a Wi-Fi-enabled campus.
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 innovation and excellence. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain's top 24 leading research universities.
Many of the University’s degree schemes provide partial or complete exemption from relevant professional examinations and more than forty schemes of study benefit from accreditation and input from professional bodies. More than 20% of Cardiff University students pursue postgraduate study.
Unusually, most of the University’s student accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries and the Students’ Union, saving students time and money.
A place in one of the University’s 5,300 student rooms is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates entering through the normal admissions cycle. The vast majority of student residences are single ensuite 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.
Networked computers offering a wealth of software applications are available to every student; there is a dedicated Graduate Centre providing support and facilities for postgraduates.
The University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with Continuing & Professional Education providing several hundred courses in venues across South East Wales. The University’s lifelong learning activities also encompass the professional development work carried out by schools for employers, and many of these courses are custom-made to suit an individual company’s needs. The Centre also offers business language training at all levels.