University profile

Cardiff University

2024/25 edition

About Cardiff University

At Cardiff University, we believe that what can be achieved together is greater than what we can achieve alone. We are committed to bringing together the brightest minds to find real-life solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.
When you join us, you’ll join a community of open-minded thinkers, where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential, personally and academically.

Discover postgraduate study at Cardiff University.

Together for a better future

Driven by curiosity, we are an institution united in positive action. At Cardiff University you’ll join a community of problem-solvers, driven by curiosity and united in our pursuit of progress. You’ll be welcomed by a team whose pioneering discoveries are making a difference, both here in Cardiff and across the world, with 90% of our research confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).
We’re also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading universities.

Teaching excellence

Academic life at Cardiff University is challenging, innovative and rewarding. We’ll do everything we can to spark your imagination, inspire you and challenge you to reach your full potential. You’ll engage with leading academics and benefit from the knowledge and insight generated by their research.

A city like no other

Large enough to house all the facilities you’d expect from a capital city, Cardiff is also intimate enough to retain its unique charm, character and warmth. Cardiff was rated the #1 friendliest city in the UK in 2023 (Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2023).

Living here is affordable too, with Cardiff being rated the #2 most affordable UK city for students in 2023 (Natwest Student Living Index 2023).

Cardiff is surrounded by natural beauty. The world famous Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is just 40 minutes away and the award-winning beaches along the Gower peninsular are just a short distance way.

One of the best Students’ Unions in the UK

Our Students' Union is rated 2nd best in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2024). Home to over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs, a free student employment service and a number of social spaces, the Students' Union caters to every student's needs.

Learn a new language

Learning a new language opens up a world of opportunities. Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to improve your language skills alongside your studies. Choose from languages including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn Welsh for free alongside your studies.
Our flexible choice of study options allows you to learn in a way that suits you, through weekly classes, intensive sessions or independent learning.

A wide range of postgraduate programmes

We offer more than 400 postgraduate study options. Many of our programmes can be studied part-time, which is ideal if you need to balance study with professional, financial or family commitments.

Looking for a change of direction? Our postgraduate conversion courses enable you to study a subject unrelated to your undergraduate degree.

Expert career guidance

Your time with us will be a stepping stone towards your future. Whether you’ve got your heart set on a chosen career or you’re open to ideas when you graduate, we’ll help you on your way. Our expert careers advisors can help you find hands-on placements and internships with industry partners, as well as offering workshops, interview help and CV advice.

We’ll give you access to our huge employer network from day one, connecting you to more than 2,000 registered employers on our jobs board and on-campus careers fairs.

Outstanding student support

Studying at Cardiff University means you’ll be part of a community that cares about your wellbeing. If you find yourself in need of practical or emotional support, you’ll be able to access it at any time. From advice about university life, counselling, career guidance or help with your finances, our support services are completely free and impartial.

Funding opportunities

A postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future. We understand that the cost of your studies is one of the most important factors in choosing a university. We offer a range of funding including £3,000 master’s scholarships and alumni discount to Cardiff University graduates.

Many courses are also eligible for government postgraduate loans for master’s programmes for UK students.

How to apply

Applications for the majority of our postgraduate programmes can be made via our website. Read our step-by-step guide on how to apply.

Open Days and events

Whether on our campus or online, our events will provide you with the opportunity to chat with academics, support services and current postgraduate students.

Come along to our next postgraduate event and discover Cardiff University for yourself.

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