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Cardiff University offers a thriving community of over 8,500 postgraduate students from more than 100 countries. Its research intensive profile ensures that teaching stays current and relevant, preparing students for either an academic or vocational career. The Doctoral Academy provides extensive training and support to the university's many research students.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

8,455 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 66%
  • Part Time 34%

Domicile

  • UK 56%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 37%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Medicine 165 645 810
Business & Management Studies 50 630 685
Accounting & Finance 0 595 595
Law 25 420 445
Nursing 30 375 405
Education 30 375 405
Economics 10 370 375
Communication & Media Studies 40 315 355
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 35 275 310
Ophthalmics 20 290 310
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 70 215 285
Biological Sciences 170 90 260
Other 65 175 240
Psychology 175 65 240
General Engineering 230 10 240
Sociology 95 145 235
Chemistry 195 40 230
Social Work 10 215 225
Computer Science 50 165 215
Architecture 45 95 140
Mathematics 40 85 120
English 45 70 115
Civil Engineering 0 110 110
Physics & Astronomy 70 20 90
Geology 60 30 90
Marketing 0 85 85
Physiotherapy 0 80 80
Linguistics 35 35 70
History 15 55 70
Occupational Therapy 0 70 70
Archaeology 15 45 60
Dentistry 15 45 60
Theology & Religious Studies 15 40 55
Librarianship & Information Management 5 45 50
Music 10 35 45
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 40 40
Geography & Environmental Science 5 30 30
Mechanical Engineering 0 30 30
Medical Technology 0 30 30
Politics 5 25 30
Building 0 25 25
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 25 25
Social Policy 10 15 25
Philosophy 10 10 20
Classics & Ancient History 10 10 20
Celtic Studies 10 5 15
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 6,950
Mixed 6,950
Laboratory 8,950
Clinical 33,350
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Cardiff University offers a range of funding opportunities for both taught and research postgraduates.
  • The university is part of 12 doctoral training initiatives spanning ARHC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and the Wellcome Trust, and receives funding for some 200 PhD places every year.
  • The Master's Excellence Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 tuition fee discount to eligible courses in 2019.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Overseas/EU postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single-occupancy place in university residences, provided they meet certain deadlines.