Cardiff University


Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. Through this blend of established tradition and cutting-edge innovation, Cardiff University offers a stimulating environment for higher education study and research. Cardiff University is a member of the elite Russell Group of Britain's top 24 leading research universities.

The University's breadth of expertise in research-led teaching encompasses the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; journalism and business studies; engineering and technology; and a commitment to lifelong learning. According to the QS World University Rankings by subject 2016/17, Cardiff University is amongst the world’s top 50 elite institutions in subjects including Psychology, Architecture, and Communications.

Cardiff University is a global community located in the capital city of Wales, a welcoming metropolitan environment. The city is not only cheaper to live in than other large UK cities like London and Edinburgh, but is also full of cultural attractions and entertainment venues. Cardiff promises to be a lively, friendly, and spacious city. Recently, the campus has been used to film exciting BBC productions such as Sherlock and Doctor Who!

Recent rankings: 5th in the UK for overall Research Quality (REF 2014), top 5 in the UK for Architecture, Civil Engineering, Communications & Media Studies, Journalism, Pharmacy, Psychology, and other subjects.


Key Numbers

  • Estimated living costs - £10,287
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.5
  • Student satisfaction - 84
  • Employment prospects - 94.8
  • International student ratio - 23%



  • The Times: 46
  • The Guardian: 42
  • QS World Rankings: 137
  • Complete University Guide: 37