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Cardiff University

2019/20 edition

About Cardiff University

Postgraduate study at Cardiff University

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Whether you want to enhance your career prospects, change direction or pursue further academic study, Cardiff University could be your next step.

As one of Britain’s leading universities, Cardiff University is a hub for postgraduates from throughout the UK, the European Union and the rest of the world. Joining Cardiff University you will become part of a thriving network of over 8,600 postgraduates in a university known internationally for outstanding research and teaching. Your ambitions and abilities will be supported by world-class staff and dedicated resources and your career prospects will be enhanced by the qualities and capabilities you’ll develop here.

Learn more about postgraduate study at Cardiff University.

Outstanding research and research-led teaching

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Cardiff University is internationally recognised as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th for quality and 2nd for impact amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We are also a member of the Russell Group – the UK’s leading research intensive universities – and are home to world class staff and researchers who are pushing back the frontiers of human knowledge to help answer the big questions facing mankind in the 21st century. Our research contract awards have a total of value of £500m and we have won six Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

Postgraduate courses

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At Cardiff University we offer a wide variety of postgraduate taught and research programmes. You can choose from over 200 taught programmes and pursue research in over 140 different areas, across our 24 academic schools. We also offer an array of courses as part of our Continuing and Professional Education.

An attractive, convenient location

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The University's main campus is located in and around Cardiff's magnificent civic centre. Portland stone academic buildings, a variety of student residences, the Students' Union and the Graduate Centre are all within a short walk of the city centre, saving you time and money on travel. Our dedicated healthcare campus, Heath Park is located in the north of the city and shares a site with the University Hospital of Wales, creating a multi-professional healthcare environment in which to develop your skills.

Capital city advantages

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Cardiff is a thriving and attractive city which is widely regarded as an outstanding place in which to live and study. It combines all the advantages of a compact, friendly and inexpensive location, with the cultural and recreational facilities of a modern capital city, within close proximity to beautiful coastlines and countryside.


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Dedicated postgraduate facilities

The University has invested in a range of facilities tailored to meet our postgraduates needs. Our dedicated Graduate Centre serves as a hub for the postgraduate community, providing taught and research students a retreat filled with top-quality academic and social facilities. The University Graduate College aims to foster an intellectually stimulating environment, where our research students are encouraged to share and develop research interests with colleagues from other academic schools and to feel part of a wider research community. Based in the new Hadyn Ellis Building, the University Graduate College incorporates space for its training events and conferences as well as additional work space for research students.

A first-class study environment


In recent years, substantial investment in our estate has been made to provide students with modern and well-equipped facilities that create a first-class environment in which to live and study. Postgraduate students at Cardiff University benefit from a variety of new and recently refurbished lecture theatres and laboratories, state-of-the-art resource centres and comfortable study areas throughout the University. This investment continues and we are now investing £300m in our new Innovation Campus, including £44m in a new facility to house a unique collection of the most powerful brain imaging scanners in Europe.

Having undertaken my BSc at Cardiff, I chose to continue at the School of Planning and Geography on the MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy. This Masters served to fulfil my keen interest in the environment and facilitate my career progression, with the aim of becoming a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute - the accredited body for Town Planners. Following my studies, I have gained a role with Savills as a Graduate Planner and hope to settle in Cardiff for the foreseeable future.

Cardiff has all the appeal of a large city, but in a more compact fashion. There are always cultural and sporting events happening, which make it a great place to live - both as a student and a young professional. During my studies I became a keen member of the Cardiff University Rambling and Hiking Club, which provided me with the opportunity to see a great deal of the countryside and mountains South Wales (and beyond) has to offer.

I have also taken the opportunity to extend my studies through the University's Centre for Lifelong Learning, where I will hopefully continue to learn, develop interests, and meet new people."

Rhys Govier MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy Santander Scholar 11-12


Conducting research at postgraduate level is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to explore something in real depth and make new contributions to knowledge. Cardiff University offers students the facilities and support required to make a difference. For more information on research at Cardiff, please visit our website.


Each year, Cardiff University offers a range of funded, competitive studentships to support postgraduate study. These include Cardiff University Scholarships, funding from the Research Councils, government and industrial partners, charities and trusts as well as alumni and other individuals. Awards range from partial or full tuition fee support to awards which include a stipend to help with living costs. Studentship criteria vary; for example, some are restricted to UK/EU applicants and others are open to applicants from across the globe.

Studentships are advertised on our website as well as on our Twitter and Facebook accounts as they become available throughout the academic year.

A Student’s View

“Studying a PhD at Cardiff University has helped me focus on my academic discipline immensely. Not only does the University take care of its postgraduates through providing fantastic academic support and the use of its impressive postgraduate tailored facilities, such as the Graduate Centre and the Haydn Ellis Building, but being a campus within the city means you can also absorb all that this great capital has to offer.

Both my supervisor, and the vibrant postgraduate work environment that the Welsh department offers, have provided the perfect balance between work and social life which is a key element towards maintaining a healthy mindset for completing a PhD” Geraint Whittaker, PhD Student, School of Welsh.

What the guides say

“Cardiff seems to have it all: grand civic architecture in a breezy waterside location, super-smart city bars and venues just a short hop from lovely countryside. The University is as confident and forward-looking as the city it’s located in, and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. There are more than 30,000 students, including more than 6,600 from over 100 countries outside of the UK, helping to create a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.” Guardian University Guide 2016.

Open Days

Come and meet us at our next Open Day or at one of the study fairs and exhibitions we attend around the UK and across the world.

How to apply

Using our online application portal you can start your application now. Our system allows you to track the progress of your application and upload supporting documents, such as transcripts and exam results when they become available.

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