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  • International Fees From

    £17,450 UG

  • World Ranking

    189th in Times HE
    151-200th in Shanghai

  • Students

    23,700 UG
    9,500 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £104.00 p/w

Cardiff CF10 3XQ, United Kingdom

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and situated on the coast in south wales. It has a population of just under 350,000 people. As the capital city of Wales, it has many cultural and historic places of interest and the Welsh parliament is based in Cardiff. January is usually the coldest month in the year with average low temperatures of 3 degrees. July is the warmest month with average high temperatures of 21 degrees. Cardiff has its own international airport and operates many direct flights across Europe. It also operates direct flights to some destinations in the Carribean, as well as indirect flights to USA and India. Heathrow airport is about 140 miles away.

  • History

    Cardiff University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884. The university was originally called the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Cardiff merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) in 1988. In 1999 the public name of the University changed to Cardiff University. In 2004 Cardiff merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine. The College of Medicine was part of the original University but had split off in 1931, making this a reunification. The university is now independent of the University of Wales and degree certificates now state Cardiff University degrees.


    Most of the halls of residence are within one mile of the main campus which is called Cathay’s Park. The university hall of residence furthest from the main campus is University hall which is 1.75 miles away. Cathay’s Park is located in the centre of the city in and around the city’s civic centre. The other campus is Heath Park which shares its location with the University Hospital Wales. All medical/dental students are based here. Heath park is just over 1.5 miles from the main Cathay’s campus.


    Cardiff university is currently ranked 189th in the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Cardiff is ranked 151-200th in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings and is a member of the Russell group of universities.

    Cardiff university is ranked 103rd in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    Cardiff has just over 9,700 international students at the university, representing over 130 countries and 29% of total student numbers.


    Cardiff has a total student population of just over 33,200, made up of just over 23,700 undergraduates and just over 9,500 postgraduates.


    HESA govt statistics show that 95.7% of Cardiff graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    The Cardiff University Sports Training Village is situated on the halls of residence site at Talybont. It hosts the majority of indoor sports clubs and is the location of 3 floodlit artificial pitches. There are other sports facilities, including fitness suite/squash courts at the central Cathay’s campus. The 33 acre university sports field site is located six miles to the east of the city centre campus. Cardiff has over 200 clubs and societies run by the student union. It has a 1,600 capacity venue for major concerts and its own comedy club.


    Undergraduates and overseas/EU postgraduates (arriving in September) are guaranteed a university place for their first year. Cardiff offers both catered and self catering options for undergraduate students.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £104.00 per week.

    Catered accommodation is available in both female only, and mixed halls. An example price for both of these options is £138.60.


    International students

    International undergraduate tuition fees:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £17,450 for Arts subjects, rising to £18,450 for Business related subjects, and up to £21,950 to study most Science or Engineering related subjects. Medicine – £33,000

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
    • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Modern Languages and Linguistics
    • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
    • Sociology
    • Theology and Religious Studies

    Online Courses

    Cardiff offers a range of flexible online programmes to postgraduate students around the world, in mostly Science based subjects. Their online programmes are academically equivalent to qualifications earned through face-to-face learning, and the experienced academic team and your personal tutor will ensure you are fully supported in all aspects of your student experience. Some courses require some direct contact time, per year, but there are centres in other areas of the world where this face to face work can be completed.

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