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Cardiff University


Founded in 1883, Cardiff University is in the top tier of Britain's research universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. It is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. 

Its world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. Cardiff University provides an educationally outstanding experience for its students with over 300 courses that you can tailor to your ambitions and interests.

Studying at Cardiff University may be different from the style of teaching in your country. You will be expected to use the libraries and internet to research topics. You will be asked to contribute your opinion, collate information and present evidence. Your own ideas will be encouraged. Cardiff University is an innovator in ‘problem- based’ learning. This means your lecturers will set you a ‘problem’ and you will have to work out the answer. This is a much more effective method of learning than just from a book.

Why study at Cardiff University?

  • Ranked 5th in the UK (REF 2014)
 and top 140 in the world(QS World University Rankings 2016/17)
  • Cardiff University is a member of the elite Russell Group top 24 UK research-led universities.
  • The University teaches more than 30,000 students from over 120 countries.
  • The campus is frequently used as the film set for BBC hit TV shows ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Sherlock’.
  • Accommodation in University residences is guaranteed for most international students and is within walking distance of the University.
  • The University has 16 libraries and 25 IT suites, some of which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Cathays Park campus is situated in the very centre of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff is only 2 hours from London by train.
  • Cardiff University’s research attracts awards from the most prominent funding organisations in the UK: the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and Arthritis Research UK.
  • The University generates more than £500 million annually from research grants and contracts.
  • The University has 2 Nobel Prize winners (Sir Martin Evans for Medicine and Robert Huber for Chemistry) and  6 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
  • Students have access to a Languages for All course, provided free to all students on degree programmes.
  • The University has links with over 300 institutions and can provide you with the opportunity to embark on an overseas placement in Europe and across the world.

The University representative Josh Fairweatherand will be happy to guide and assist you applying to Cardiff. If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact Josh using the enquiry form on the right.

  • Year established
  • Location
    South Wales
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Academic specialism

Cardiff University is part of the elite Russell Group of top research-based universities in the UK. Cardiff graduates benefit from research-informed courses which reflect the latest information and are taught by globally-respected staff in excellent facilities. As a result, your degree will be recognised worldwide, enhancing your career opportunities. University's breadth of expertise encompasses the Humanities, Physical, Health and Life sciences, Engineering and Technology.

Cardiff University is Top 5 in:

  • Architecture

  • Celtic Studies

  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications & Media Studies
  • Dentistry
  • Education

  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Journalism

  • Optometry

  • Pharmacy

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Town & Country Planning

Top 10 in:

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • English Language & Literature
  • General Engineering

  • Geography & Environmental Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine

  • Modern Languages

  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Radiography

  • Religious Studies & Theology

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Cardiff University
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United Kingdom
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Cardiff is located on the coast of South Wales, which has beautiful national parks and beaches only 30 minutes away. Cardiff is approximately 230km (145 miles) west of London and is easily accessed by train in about 2 hours. Cardiff has excellent transport links (ranked 1st in the UK for the most transport friendly city) with an international airport that has flights to many cities in Europe.