Cardiff University

2015 League Table Ranking 23
2015 Overall Score 792
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Entry Standards 420 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.69 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 979 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 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 369 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 77.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 95.7 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 78.0 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 32.0 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 city 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 30180 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..
  • Teaching at Cardiff has been independently assessed as being of excellent standard.
  • The Quality Assurance Agency has confirmed that is has every confidence in the quality of Cardiff's awards.
  • Overall there are high satisfaction levels amongst students.

Research Standards

  • Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of major UK research-led universities.
  • Research has attracted more than £80 million of external research awards in the last year.
  • Excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Around 60% of all research at Cardiff was assessed as either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Academic Strengths

  • The breadth of expertise encompasses the Humanities, Physical, Health and Life and Social Sciences, Engineering and Technology.
  • There are long-established links with the professions – more than 40 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 1.3 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 150 clubs and societies.
  • The Students’ Union has its own newspaper, lifestyle magazine, radio station and TV station.


  • Three 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

  • A new £20-m building has been built at the Heath Park Campus. The Cochrane Building provides facilities including a new library, clinical skills and high tech simulation laboratories, seminar rooms, wireless access to online services and student support services. It will be used by all four healthcare academic schools based on this campus.
  • A new £4-m extension to the Bioscience Building is in use and offers a range of new facilities to bioscience students.
  • Talybont Gate is a brand new, modern student residence with large communal areas in flats and extra facilities included. It is part of the Talybont complex which is the largest of the University's residences and provides a range of social amenities and excellent sports facilities. This is situated close ot large areas of parkland and is a short walk or cycle to most of the academic buildings.
  • A new teaching resource centre is under consruction next to Cardiff Business School.
  • Other developments completed in recent years include a £20-m building for the School of Optometry and a £4-m Lecture theatre and teaching complex on the university's Heath Park Campus.
  • An entirely new campus – Maindy Park – is being built alongside existing university buildings. The Park will be a phased development of buildings for research, postgraduate teaching and showcasing the University's academic excellence. There will be a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary working, with space for new research initiatives to start up and grow. The first phase of the new campus – the Haydn Ellis Building – has recently opened.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

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.

For further information

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

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