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Study at Cardiff University

Cardiff University is situated in the heart of the Welsh capital. Founded in 1883 with just 13 academic staff and 102 full-time students, it has grown quickly and it now caters for in excess of 30,000 students. It is the only Welsh university in the Russell Group. Its 26 academic schools are organised into three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering. It offers over 300 undergraduate degrees and more than 200 taught masters, diplomas and certificates, as well as providing professional short courses. About 6,500 international students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at Cardiff.

The university is made up of two large campuses, both close to the centre of Cardiff. Heath Park, a mile to its north, is on the fringe of 100 acres of parkland and playing fields. With the exception of Pharmacy and Optometry, it houses the university’s healthcare schools, sharing the site with the University Hospital of Wales. Study areas and IT facilities are open around the clock and, as well as libraries and lecture theatres, there is a swimming pool, fitness suite and squash court.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 1883
  • Students: 33,190 (2018/19)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 28%
  • Location: Park Place, Cardiff
  • Campus: Two (Cathays Park, Heath Park)
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 27th in the UK (191st in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The Cardiff University covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at Cardiff University.

  • Business
  • English, Communication and Philosophy
  • Modern Languages
  • Politics and International Relations
  • History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Social Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Biosciences
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences & Informatics
  • Dentistry
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Geography and Planning
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, Cardiff University is ranking at 191st in the world.

  • Overall: 54.7
  • Teaching: 32.4
  • Research: 35.6
  • Citations: 89.4
  • Industry Income: 36.7
  • International Outlook: 86.8 

University Campuses

Cathays Park is the main campus and home to 22 of the university’s schools, as well as the main Student’s Union. Just half a mile from the city centre, it includes restaurants, shops, a nightclub and pubs. Among the tree-lined avenues and Portland stone buildings are modern study facilities, including labs, IT suites and lecture theatres.

The main Students’ Union building, located at the heart of the campus on Park Place, is one of the biggest and most active in Britain. Our Academic Schools share the site with the University Hospital of Wales, one of the largest hospitals in the UK. Each School has its own specialist resources and facilities. Study areas and IT facilities are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries and operating theatres are also on campus. International experts in various medically-related fields provide valuable services, including patient care, in this major teaching and research centre.

  • Park Place Cardiff, CF10 3AT
  • Heath Park Cardiff, CF14 4XN