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About Cardiff University
Study with us at Cardiff University 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:
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.
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: Cardiff was recently ranked as the UK’s most affordable university city (Natwest Student Living Index 2019).
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 15th in the UK in the Times Higher Education Global University Employability Ranking 2018. Wherever you are in your career journey, our team of professional careers advisers can help you develop your career plans after graduation.
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 4 in the UK. 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.
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