We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • We excel in producing high quality, innovative research which translates into benefits both locally and worldwide.
  • Cardiff is an international university - from worldwide collaborations to the students we welcome from over 100 different countries.
  • The 2015 National Student Survey found that 90% of our students were satisfied with their student experience - above the UK-wide sector average.



The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884.

We were named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and were tiny in comparison to our current size.

In 1893 we became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales and began awarding their degrees. By 1972 we had taken the name University College, Cardiff.


Learning in a research-led environment means students interact with researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines. Our research is vigorous and pioneering - this creates a stimulating environment for study.


Our research earns grants and investments totalling tens of millions of pounds and attracts top researchers from around the world.

The quality and impact of Cardiff's research has led to a meteoric rise in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), pushing it into the UK's top 5 universities. We were also ranked as the 2nd university nationally based on the impact of our research which tackles major challenges facing society, the economy and the environment.

We're part of the Russell Group of 24 leading research intensive UK universities. Our research staff are world-class and include Nobel Laureates, Fellows of the Royal Societyand members of other prestigious institutions.


A Cardiff University degree carries great weight in the jobs market as employers value the University's graduates for their academic ability, motivation and resourcefulness.

PhD Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (106)
Medicine & Health (79)
Social Sciences (71)
Engineering & Technology (54)
Humanities (20)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (18)
Computer Science & IT (16)
Arts, Design & Architecture (11)
Journalism & Media (6)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at Cardiff University!


Student services

We have a range of services dedicated to helping you make the most of student life.

  • Advice and guidance for prospective and current students.
  • International student support for students from outside the UK on a wide range of issues including immigration and visas.
  • Help and assistance for students with dyslexia or disabilities, including dedicated mental health advisers.
  • Financial support to help those with financial difficulties including the Financial Contingency and Hardship Funds.
  • Counselling for students feeling distressed or anxious.
  • Careers and employability advice and information, workshops, events, work experience placements and more.

Housing services

We have a range of residences to suit individual preferences and budgets.

And what’s more, undergraduates and overseas/EU postgraduates (arriving in September) are guaranteed a place for their first year.

Library services

With more than 3,000 study spaces in conveniently placed libraries and IT rooms, plus widespread Wi-Fi access, you're never far from somewhere comfortable to get your work done.

ICT services

All our students can access:

  • Computer rooms across both campuses
  • Wi-Fi access across the University and its residences
  • Web-based access to your University email, calendar, filestore, virtual learning environment, library catalogue, journals, and more, via our intranet.
  • Free and friendly support and advice from our IT clinic (located in the Students' Union)

Student Life

Campus life

Cardiff University is made up of two large, well-located campuses.

The Cathays Park campus is where most of our Academic Schools are based. With wide tree-lined avenues and elegant Portland stone buildings, it's an inspiring place to study.

Healthcare-related courses (excluding Pharmacy and Optometry) are based at Heath Park. It's just a mile from the city centre and next to 100 acres of parkland and playing fields.

Sports facilities

Our sports facilities are located on four sites across both campuses providing you with access to both formal and informal activities.

  • Sports Training Village
  • Fitness and Squash Centre
  • Strength and Conditioning Centre
  • Sports fields

Student clubs

Our Students’ Union is rated 5th in the UK, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

Run by students for students, it offers an exciting programme of entertainment, diverse clubs and societies and a comprehensive range of welfare, advice and information services – all aspects of student life within a purpose-built complex.


  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Investors in People
  • Athena SWAN
  • StonewallI
  • SO 14001
  • BS OHSAS 18001

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

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