Cardiff University - An overview
Established in 1883, Cardiff University enjoys an international reputation for academic excellence and is Wales’ only Russell Group university. It was ranked top 5 UK University for research quality and impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
With a wide choice of degree programmes, as well as strong employment prospects upon completion of your degree, Cardiff University has a great deal to offer.
Set in the city's magnificent civic centre, it is difficult to imagine a more attractive place to study.
There are more than 350 degree programmes at Cardiff University and a modular system which provides a large amount of flexibility and choice. The University has links with more than 300 top-ranked institutions, which gives students an opportunity to study abroad.
The Students’ Union is one of the biggest, best, and most active in Britain (The Complete University Guide 2019). Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, clubs, societies and range of welfare and information services.
With more than 200 cultural, political, religious, social, and sporting societies to cater for all types of interests, you can be sure of a lively social experience at Cardiff University.
Student Support Centres are provided on both the Cathays and Heath Park Campuses. They offer free, impartial, non-judgemental, and confidential advice on a wide range of matters:
- Advice and Money
- Careers and Employability
- Counselling, Health and Wellbeing
- Disability and Dyslexia
- International Student Support
For most students, going to university will mean living away from home for the first time. Settling in quickly and making new friends are important first steps of university life.
With 16 different residences, providing more than 5,500 study bedrooms, students can apply for a room that best suits their preferences, interests, and budgets. 70% of rooms have en-suite facilities. The majority of accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, the Students’ Union, and the city centre.
Firm choice applicants, arriving in September, are guaranteed a single occupancy place in University residences, which will be with other first year students.
We provide a supportive, friendly community with exciting events run throughout the year by our Residences Life Team.
Cardiff: the capital city of Wales
Cardiff is a thriving city that is widely recognised as an outstanding place in which to live and study. In fact, Times Higher Education recently ranked the university as one of the top 10 most beautiful universities in the UK.
It combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly, and inexpensive location with the cultural and recreational facilities you would expect from a capital city with the added benefit of being near to the beautiful Welsh countryside and coast.
Careers and Employability
Our graduates remain among UK’s most employable, in fact, the Higher Education Statistics Agency found that 97% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling in the Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18.
A Cardiff University degree carries great weight in the jobs market as employers’ value the University's graduates for their academic ability, motivation, and resourcefulness.
From the very beginning, throughout studies and after graduation, the Careers and Employability service is readily available to assist students with both developing and achieving career goals.
Students involved in extra-curricular activities and work experience can participate in the Cardiff Award Programme, which provides formal recognition of employability skills gained during these activities.
Schools and colleges outreach visits
Our experienced team typically make over 300 school visits including career and HE fairs and attend UCAS, Whatuni and UK University Search events every year to provide advice, guidance, and an insight into higher education to students, in small or whole year-groups, as well as parents and teachers.
Workshops and presentations
We offer a range of talks and workshops to offer guidance and support to prospective students. We are currently offering these virtually.
Presentation topics include:
- Applying for healthcare courses – the alternatives to Medicine
- Applying to Medicine and Dentistry
- Applying to Russell Group universities
- Choosing your course and University
- Exploring your university options from home
- How to apply: the UCAS application and personal statement
- Introduction to higher education
- Student finance explained
- Student life
- Study skills
- University interviews – what to expect
- Why study at Cardiff University
- A Parent’s Guide to Higher Education
Teachers, parents, and students can also book onto our Undergraduate Open Days and virtual events.
Cardiff: One of the top 10 most beautiful universities in the UK