• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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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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    4.09 / 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 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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    79.8 / 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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    76.0 / 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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    92.6 / 100.0


  • 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 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.
  • Significant changes are being made to the school curriculum in England and Wales. Cardiff University is currently reviewing the impact these changes will have for admissions in 2017 admissions. Updates will be posted on our website.

Student Mix

The 30,480 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 73%
  • Part Time 27%


  • UK 77%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

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 has high overall levels of student satisfaction.
  • Cardiff is ranked 3rd in the Russell Group for student satisfaction based on National Student Survey data.

Research Standards

  • Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of major UK research-led universities.
  • Research attracts around £100m 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

  • More than 90 programmes of study are professionally accredited.
  • The university has a commitment to lifelong learning.

The breadth of expertise encompasses:

  • Humanities
  • Physical
  • Health 
  • Life and Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

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.
  • The university's online virtual learning environment facilitates online support for learning, studying and collaboration.
  • Open access IT rooms are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers advice and support to disabled students.
  • The team help to identify support needs on an individual basis and assist in making reasonable adjustments. The Service can also assist with DSA applications.
  • For information on disability and dyslexia services at Cardiff University telephone 029 2087 4844, email studentsupportcentre@cardiff.ac.uk, or visit our 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.

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.In 2014 95.5% of Cardiff students were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
  • This was the highest number in the Russell Group.
  • Cardiff is listed annually in the top 25 universities targeted by graduate recruiters according to the annual Graduate Market survey published by High Fliers.
  • Cardiff provides a comprehensive range of services to help students achieve their career goals. These services include information, advice and guidance, work experience, skills development and mentoring.
  • There is also the Cardiff Award which enables students to gain recognition for skills development and work experience achieved throughout university. The Cardiff Award has been developed with the support and expertise of graduate recruiters and is sponsored by EY.

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

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 £14m Learning and Teaching Centre adjacent to Cardiff Business School incorporating a state-of-the-art Trading Room.
  • A £6m student residence at Talybont Gate.
  • The £16m 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 £4m 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.

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.
  • Dr Jamie Roberts – Wales rugby international.
  • 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