• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.04 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.27 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.62 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    72.3 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    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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  • Good Honours
    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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    79.1 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

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

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    93.0 / 100.0

Cardiff University was founded in 1883. It is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, 5 minutes' walk from the city centre. Academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other. Cardiff is the only Russell Group university in Wales.

Entry Requirements

  • Dependent on the course. Most courses require AAA–ABB. A large proportion of Cardiff students have AAB or above at A level and are at their first choice institution.
  • A wide range of other qualifications are considered.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

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

Student Services and 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.
  • The university's virtual learning environment facilitates online support for learning, studying and collaboration.
  • Open access IT rooms are open 24/7.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers advice and support to disabled students, helping identify support needs on an individual basis and to assist in making reasonable adjustments as well as with DSA applications.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information on disability and dyslexia services at Cardiff University.

Students' Union

  • Cardiff has one of the biggest, best and most active students’ unions in the UK, with high quality facilities including Y Plas, a 1,900 capacity nightclub; and the Great Hall, a major concert venue.
  • The union offers an exciting entertainment programme, a comprehensive range of student support services and more than 180 societies and 60 sports clubs, along with its own newspaper, lifestyle magazine, radio station and TV station.
  • The union facilities offer ample desk space, seating, computer access, power points for laptops and group meeting space.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Employability Centre 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 Centre provides library facilities, vacancy information and graduate jobs on the website, careers fairs and specialist career consultants; and provides services ranging from work experience, to mentoring.
  • There is also the Cardiff Award which enables students to gain recognition for skills development and work experience achieved during university. The Cardiff Award has been developed with the support and expertise of graduate recruiters and is sponsored by EY.
  • In 2014 95.5% of Cardiff students were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 77%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%


  • Founded in 1883.

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.
  • Nicole Cooke – former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and Road World champion.
  • Richard Parks – former Wales rugby international and extreme environment athlete and author.
  • Dr Rhys Jones – reptile specialist, environmental consultant, researcher and BAFTA-nominated BBC television and radio presenter.

Further Details

Address Cardiff University
CF10 3AT
UCAS Code C15