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 over 10,000 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 are a top 20 university in the UK for the overall quality of our research. 90% of our research was confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. 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, 2022). 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 was ranked as the most affordable city for UK students in 2022 (Natwest Student Living Index 2022).

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.

One of the best Students’ Unions in the UK

Our Students' Union is rated 2nd best in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022). 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.

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 – for free. Choose from languages including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

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. We also offer a number of conversion courses.

Expert career guidance

Wherever you are in your career journey, our team of professional careers advisers can help you develop your career plans after graduation. We provide postgraduates with hands-on placements and internships with industry partners; workshops and interview skills advice; graduate employment fairs and a jobs board with more than 1,000 opportunities.

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, our support services are here to support you every step of the way.

Funding opportunities

We understand that the cost of your studies is one of the most important factors in choosing where to continue your studies. We have a number of funding opportunities available, including our Master’s Excellence Scholarship and Alumni Discount schemes. Many courses are also eligible for government postgraduate loans for master’s programmes for UK students.

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