Cardiff University

Cardiff University was established in 1883 as one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales. It is known for its world-leading research, student experience and fantastic location.

Students walking together outside campus

The education system

Just like the rest of the United Kingdom, Wales offers three levels of education:

  • Undergraduate/Bachelor's degree
  • Postgraduate/Master's degree
  • PhD/Doctorate

Undergraduate degrees are usually three years. Yours could be four years if you choose to take a valuable work placement, usually in year 3. Master's degrees are one or two years. Some degrees combine undergraduate and postgraduate study, which take four years to complete (e.g. MEng). PhDs require at least three years of study.

A proud Russell Group university

Cardiff University is a founding member of the Russell Group, a set of leading UK universities dedicated to excellence. Here, you will have amazing experiences both in and outside of the classroom. The University's research-based teaching is delivered by experts and its Students' Union is multi award-winning. Cardiff's students love their university, and this is reflected in its 84% student satisfaction score (National Student Survey, 2019).

Become an employable graduate

In an increasingly competitive global job market, you will need to stand out from the crowd. The majority of degree programmes at Cardiff University give you the option of a professional placement year and/or internship — usually in your third year. Find out more how studying at Cardiff University will set you up for a successful future.

An exciting home city

The University is based in the beautiful civic centre, in the heart of Cardiff. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. One of Europe’s youngest capital cities, it was crowned the capital of Wales in 1955, partly due to the excellent reputation of its university. 

Cardiff is a vibrant modern city with a multicultural history. It is a small city and almost everywhere can be reached on foot from the University. It is safe and friendly, with students making up 20% of the population. Cardiff is also affordable; it is the 4th most affordable university city for monthly rental costs according to the NatWest Student Living Index 2021.

A warm Welsh welcome

Cardiff is a city known for its diversity, inclusivity, and sense of fun. These values are also reflected in the University’s motto, “Truth, Unity and Concord”. It is a place where difference is celebrated and those from other countries and cultures are welcomed with open arms.

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Research excellence

90% of Cardiff University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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World-leading

Cardiff University is ranked 166th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

Lafan from Qatar

I think the one word I would use to describe Cardiff is ‘special’. The first thing is Welsh people are absolutely friendly. They are very warm. You never feel different to anyone, even though there are of course things that make us different to other people.

Lafan from Qatar
Studying BA Media and Communications