Cardiff University

Cardiff, Wales


Cardiff University (Welsh: Prifysgol Caerdydd) is a public research university in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Founded in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, it became one of the founding colleges of the University of Wales in 1893, and in 1997 received (but held in abeyance) its own degree-awarding powers. It merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST) in 1988. The college adopted the public name of Cardiff University in 1999, and in 2005 this became its legal name when it became an independent university awarding its own degrees. It is the third oldest university institution in Wales. The university is composed of three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Biomedical and Life Sciences; and Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Cardiff is the only Welsh member of the Russell Group of research-intensive British universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education and is ranked between 100 and 200 in the world by the four major international rankings, and in the top 60 in all three UK tables. It was ranked 5th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research and 17th for its Research Power in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. For 2016–2017, Cardiff had a turnover of £503.8 million, including £101.2 million from research grants and contracts.

The university has an undergraduate enrolment of 23,085 and a total enrolment of 31,595 (according to HESA data for 2016/17) making it one of the ten largest universities in the UK. The Cardiff University Students’ Union works to promote the interests of the student body within the University and further afield. The university’s sports teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.

77 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 2005
Size Large
31,595 Students


3,4,5 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Theology
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL iBT, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 17,500
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Cardiff University Scholarships
Total Worth £3,000
Eligibility and Requirements minimum grades AAA at A level (or an equivalent qualification)
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details The scholarships are cash payments and are not means tested. They will be awarded to UK undergraduate students undertaking an eligible degree subject who start their studies in September
Incentive scholarships
Total Worth £500 per year
Eligibility and Requirements students who intend to study at least 33% (or at least 40 credits a year) of their degree courses through the medium of Welsh.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details At least 150 scholarships are available
William Salesbury scholarship
Total Worth £5,000 over three years
Eligibility and Requirements Students studying 100% of their course ie 120 credits a year, through the medium of Welsh.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details 2 scholarships are available every year