Cardiff University

Since 1883, Cardiff University has provided its students with a stimulating and research-rich environment; establishing itself as one of the leading universities in Britain.

Students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to excellence.

The University’s global community, reputation and partnerships are at the heart of its identity.

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Cardiff University Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Number of Students

  • 31,180


  • Over 6,000 from over 100 countries


  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Martin Evans, Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Robert Huber, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Member of the Russel Group

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Sustainable Architecture
  • Sustainable Energy & Environment
  • Business & Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Dentistry
  • English Language & Literature
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Physiotherapy


As a Russell Group University, Cardiff University was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact.


Nº 21

in the UK

QS World University Rankings, 2017


amongst UK Universities

in the Research Excellence Framework

Top 200

world university

QS World University Rankings, 2017


Cardiff University is located in the centre of the young capital city of Wales, just a 2-hour train from London!

20% of the city’s population are students, making the city friendly, safe and affordable.

Cardiff offers a great nightlife, shopping centres and amazing day trips in one of the lowest living cost of any major UK university city.


Other information

Programmes in the Spotlight

Masters programmes

  • Neuroimaging Methods & Applications MSc.

The hub of the MSc is the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC). Recent advances in non-invasive neuroimaging and neurophysiology techniques seem to offer a bridge between investigations of single neurons through to studies of human cognition and perception, by providing a window on brain structure and function at the regional level. This MSc programme aims to equip graduate students with the methodological tools to undertake neuroimaging research at the highest level.

A key feature of this course is that students will gain hands-on experience using all of the following techniques: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Trans-cranial Stimulation (TMS/TDCS).

  • Urban Design MA

Run in conjunction with the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning, this course enables students to learn by deploying design, theory, and development and design control practices, which inform urban design processes.
Urban design is transdisciplinary, straddling professional fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and public policy, and also disciplines such as politics, economics, sociology and cultural studies. The programme fully embraces this transdisciplinarity through the theory, research training and design teaching it offers.
You will learn from academics in two Schools which are ranked among the top 50 in the world. The course is taught via lectures, workshops and design studios, by staff drawn from both the architecture and planning schools, who are leading experts in their fields. Design Tutors include leading practitioners who bring their experience of cutting edge practice to the core of design studio work.
Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Undergraduate courses

  • Civil Engineering (MEng). 

Study this four-year programme at the highest civil engineering school in the UK for their research and its impact.
You will develop a thorough understanding of civil engineering theory, which will be backed up by practical application through laboratory and research work, field courses and design classes, enabling you to develop your career in any area of the civil engineering industry.  You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.
You will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry.

Graduates from this course are mainly employed in the civil engineering industry with major consultancy and contracting firms, others have chosen to work for national and multinational companies. Recent examples include companies in the financial, media and petrochemical sectors with destinations including Deloitte, PwC, Virgin and Shell.

Did you know?

  • The new Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre –CUBRIC- is a facility operated and supported by the School of Psychology with the very latest in brain imaging and brain stimulation. Opened in the Spring of 2016, the new 44 million GBP Brain Research Imaging Centre houses a combination of neuroimaging equipment unique in Europe.
  • 95.3% of Cardiff’s graduates are employed or furthering their studies 6 months after graduating.
  • Over 20% of Cardiff’s graduates further their studies
  • Top 3 city for quality of life (source:, Quality of Living Index 2015)




Cardiff University has various scholarships available for international students, each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information please contact the Inova Education team. We are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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