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Cardiff University

2016 League Table Ranking 31
2016 Overall Score 776
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Entry Standards 425 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.27 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,030 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.05 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 425 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 81.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 93.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 77.8 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 51.2 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1883.

Location and Transport

  • Cardiff is one of Europe’s youngest capital cities – small enough to be friendly and big enough to offer the best of living in a major city.
  • The University is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, five minutes' walk from the city centre.
  • Academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other.
  • Excellent road and rail links with Britain's major towns and cities, and an international airport.
  • Cardiff is just two hours away from the centre of London by rail or road, and only an hour and a half’s drive away from Heathrow.
  • Cardiff is one of the best UK cities for young adults because of its low cost of living, good job opportunities and decent wages.

Entry Standards

  • Dependent on the course. Many courses require AAB/ABB – 50% of Cardiff's students have AAB or above at A-level.
  • A wide range of other qualifications are considered.

Student Mix

The 30,180 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Modular system provides a large degree of flexibility and choice.
  • Many programmes allow students to defer the choice of specialism until the second year.
  • Many degrees benefit from a significant vocational and professional content. Others offer opportunities for industrial placements or a year abroad.

Teaching Standards

  • Cardiff teaching and learning takes place in a research environment where students benefit from interaction with researchers who are working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency has confirmed that is has every confidence in the quality of Cardiff's awards.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency has confirmed that it has every confidence in the quality and standard of Cardiff's awards and provisions.

Research Standards

  • Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of major UK research-led universities.
  • Research attracts around £100 million in external research grants and contracts.
  • The quality and impact of Cardiff research has led to a meteoric rise in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, pushing it into the UK's top 5 universities. 87% of our research was classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Academic Strengths

  • The breadth of expertise encompasses the Humanities, Physical, Health and Life and Social Sciences, Engineering and Technology.
  • More than 90 programmes of study are professionally accredited.
  • The university has a commitment to lifelong learning.

Student Facilities

  • The university has 18 libraries (conveniently located near to subject areas) and more than 1.4 million books and journals.
  • The entire campus area is wireless enabled, allowing students to use their own computers to access resources.

Disability Services

  • For information on disability and dyslexia services at Cardiff University telephone 029 2087 4844, email, or visit the website

Students' Union

  • Cardiff has one of the biggest, best and most active students’ unions in the UK and is currently benefitting from a multi-million pound investment.
  • High quality facilities include a 1,900 capacity nightclub and the Great Hall, a major concert venue. There is an ongoing investment programme.
  • The union offers an exciting entertainment programme, a comprehensive range of student support services and more than 180 societies and 60 sports clubs.
  • The Students’ Union has its own newspaper, lifestyle magazine, radio station and TV station.
  • In 2014, the Union opened a brand new venue called Y Plas which at night becomes a nightclub.
    The Union facilities offer ample desk space, seating, computer access, power points for laptops and group meeting space.


  • Four sports centres located across the campus providing opportunities for all, regardless of ability or commitment.
  • An active Athletic Union and more than 60 sports clubs catering for most sports.
  • Excellent sporting facilities and a Sports Bursary Award/Support Programme for those of the highest sporting potential.
  • The University has 33 acres of first-class sports fields which are regularly used by touring international rugby and football squads.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

The University has invested substantially in its estate in recent years and continues to do so today. Recent developments include:

  • A £14-million Learning and Teaching Centre adjacent to Cardiff Business School incorporating a state-of-the-art Trading Room.
  • A £6-million student residence at Talybont Gate
  • The £16-million Cochrane Building, providing a new Medical Education Centre at the Heath Park Campus. This provides facilities including a new library, clinical skills and high tech simulation laboratories, seminar rooms, wireless access to online services and student support services.
  • A £4-million extension to the School of Biosciences offering a range of new facilities to bioscience students.
    The University has also revealed plans for a new Centre for Student Life, a new learning resource centre/library, a new facility for maths and computer science as well as a £300M science and innovation park.
  • The Centre for Student Life will transform the way that university student services are delivered. This iconic building will be a one-stop shop for students, providing easy access, a wide range of student services and advice in a welcoming and modern environment. The centre will offer open, informal spaces for socialising and learning, as well as being an ideal location for large events such as careers fairs and showcase events. The Centre will be linked to the Students’ Union.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Unistaff Jobshop is a student employment service providing casual work to hundreds of students.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers and Employability encourages students to develop a wide range of employability skills including aspects of self-management, team working, problem solving, business and customer awareness, communication and literacy, numeracy and IT.

The Careers and Employability Centre provides:

  • Comprehensive library facilities
  • Vacancy information for student and graduate jobs on the website
  • A professional team of specialist career consultants and advisers
  • A wide range of group sessions and workshops
  • Careers fairs

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS – Nobel Prize winner in 2007 and Chancellor of Cardiff University.
  • Neil Kinnock – Former leader of the Labour Party and former president of Cardiff University.
  • Nathan Cleverly – Light Heavyweight world champion boxer.
  • Martin Lewis – TV and radio presenter appearing on Radio 1 and This Morning.
  • Huw Edwards – BBC News presenter and BAFTA award winning journalist.
  • Dame Mary Perkins – Founder of Specsavers.
  • Susanna Reid – Presenter

For further information

  • +44 (0)29 208 74000
  • Cardiff University
    CF10 3AT
UCAS Code C15

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