University profile

Cardiff University

2022/23 edition

About Cardiff University

Study with us at Cardiff University – The Times/ Sunday Times Welsh University of the Year 2022 – and you’ll join a thriving community of more than 7,500 postgraduate students. Interested in becoming one of them? Here’s our top 10 reasons to choose Cardiff for your postgrad course:

World-leading research

We were ranked 5th among UK universities when judged on research quality and 2nd on research impact in REF 2014. We’re also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading universities.

Teaching excellence

We have a long history of providing outstanding research-led teaching. We’re ranked among the top 40 universities in Europe for teaching excellence (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings, 2019). Our staff are experts in their fields, working at the forefront of their academic discipline – which means that you will too.

A capital city with a difference

Bursting with culture, cuisine, architecture, entertainment and history, Cardiff was ranked the third best capital city in Europe in 2015 alongside Copenhagen and Stockholm. The city is also budget-friendly, and is frequently listed amongst the UK’s most affordable university cities (Natwest Student Living Index).

On the doorstep to wild Wales

Beyond the buzz of the city, you’ll find incredible beaches, countryside and mountains. The nearby Brecon Beacons National Park offers outstanding scenery and wildlife alongside ample opportunity for adventure sports and outdoor pursuits.

A wide range of postgraduate programmes

We offer more than 300 postgraduate study opportunities. Many of our programmes can be studied part-time, which is ideal if you need to balance study with professional, financial or family commitments. We also offer a number of conversion courses.

Expert career guidance

Cardiff was ranked 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2020. Wherever you are in your career journey, our team of professional careers advisers can help you develop your career plans after graduation.

Funding opportunities

We have a number of funding opportunities available, including our Master’s Excellence Scholarship scheme. Many courses are also eligible for government postgraduate loans for master’s programmes for UK and EU students.

Outstanding student support

We want to help you make the most of your postgraduate experience, by ensuring you can access any additional help you may need. From money advice and confidential counselling to disability services and award-winning childcare, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Languages for all

Our Languages for All programme gives you the chance to improve your language skills alongside your studies – for free. Our flexible choice of study options allows you to learn in a way that suits you, through weekly classes, intensive sessions or independent learning.

One of the best Students’ Unions in the UK

Our Students' Union is rated one of the Top 3 in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020). Home to over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs, a free employment service and a number of social spaces, the Students' Union caters to every student's needs.

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