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26,735
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2,850
6,290

Undergraduate Overview

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.

University Highlights

Total students - 26,735

24%
76%

International students - 6,290

51%
49%

Total faculty staff - 2,850

845
2005

Total students - 26,735

24%
76%

International students - 6,290

51%
49%

Total faculty staff - 2,850

2005
845

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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