Universities in Wales
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Latest ranking updates related to universities in Wales
  • 27 Sep, 2023: THE World University Rankings updated with Cardiff University ranked highest among 6 listed universities in Wales.
  • 09 Sep, 2023: The Guardian News and Media Limited published most recent results of The Guardian League Table. Includes 8 universities from Wales.
  • 09 Sep, 2023: Publication of The Guardian University League Tables by Subject (Business and Management). Bangor University with highest ranking among universities in Wales ranked #5.
  • 15 Aug, 2023: ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking updated with Cardiff University ranked highest among 3 listed universities in Wales.

Rankings of universities in Wales 2024

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (531 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #190 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #1 
  • #25 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #2 
  • #29 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 23 more rankings of Cardiff University and subject specific rankings for 14 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (693 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #3 
  • #42 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #1 
  • #25 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 17 more rankings of Swansea University and subject specific rankings for 12 subjects

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (265 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #4 
  • #45 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #4 
  • #54 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 17 more rankings of Bangor University and subject specific rankings for 12 subjects


Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (124 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #2 
  • #41 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #3 
  • #45 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 14 more rankings of Aberystwyth University and subject specific rankings for 11 subjects

  • #5 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #6 
  • #103 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #5 
  • #72 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 7 more rankings of University of South Wales and subject specific rankings for 13 subjects

  • #6 
  • #1201 
THE World University Rankings
[Published 27 September, 2023]
  • #5 
  • #93 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #6 
  • #100 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
Show 7 more rankings of Cardiff Metropolitan University and subject specific rankings for 9 subjects

Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (25 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #104 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #7 
  • #105 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
  • #7 
  • #118 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 08 June, 2023]
Show 1 more rankings of University of Wales Trinity Saint David and subject specific rankings for 8 subjects

  • #8 
  • #120 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 16 September, 2022]
  • #8 
  • #109 
The Guardian League Table
[Published 09 September, 2023]
  • #17 
  • #130 
CUG The Complete University Guide
[Published 08 June, 2023]
Show 1 more rankings of Wrexham Glyndwr University and subject specific rankings for 5 subjects

#9
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University of Wales

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (29 reviews)
  • #9 
  • #6577 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#10
Wales

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (213 reviews)
  • #10 
  • #9193 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 31 July, 2023]

#11
Wales

Bridgend College

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (225 reviews)

#12
Wales

Cardiff and Vale College

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (225 reviews)

#13
Wales

Coleg Sir Gar

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (225 reviews)

#14
Wales

Pembrokeshire College

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (225 reviews)

#15
Wales

Swansea Metropolitan University

Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (25 reviews)


#17
Wales

Coleg Llandrillo (Llandrillo College)

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Highest subject rankings of universities in Wales

Creative Writing The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#2 
Aberystwyth University
Architecture The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#2 
Cardiff University
Education The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#4 
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Medicine The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#4 
Swansea University
Psychology CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#9 
Cardiff University
Public Administration GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
#9 
Cardiff University
Physics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#10 
Cardiff University
Mathematics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#11 
Aberystwyth University
Mechanical Engineering The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#11 
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
French CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#11 
Cardiff University

Wales Key Facts for International Students

10 out of 18 Universities in Wales Ranked in at least one ranking

27 Different Rankings list Universities in Wales (20 institution and 7 subject rankings)

20 Global Rankings rank Universities in Wales Among TOP 200

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FAQ

Cardiff University ranks #1 in Wales in our meta ranking composed of 112 university rankings.

Among all universities in Wales Cardiff University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 33 rankings where Cardiff University is listed.

Aberystwyth University is ranked best in Wales for Arts Visual & Performing (Creative Writing). See all rankings for the Aberystwyth University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Architecture, Building & Planning (Architecture). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is ranked best in Wales for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Swansea University is ranked best in Wales for Medicine & Health (Medicine). See all rankings for the Swansea University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Social Studies & Humanities (Psychology). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Business (Public Administration). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Natural Sciences (Physics). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Aberystwyth University is ranked best in Wales for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the Aberystwyth University.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is ranked best in Wales for Engineering (Mechanical Engineering). See all rankings for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Languages & Literature (French). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is ranked best in Wales for Design (Graphic Design). See all rankings for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Bangor University is ranked best in Wales for Law (Law). See all rankings for the Bangor University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Journalism & Media Studies (Journalism). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is ranked best in Wales for Sports Science (Sports Science). See all rankings for the Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Wales for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:

Academic Reputation 40% Employer Reputation 10% Faculty/Student Ratio 20% Citations per faculty 20% International Faculty Ratio 5% International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:

Employer reputation 30% Alumni outcomes 25% Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25% Employer/Student Connections 10% Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:

Research Performance: 40%

  • Research Output: 10%
  • High-Quality Publications: 10%
  • Influence: 10%
  • Citations: 10%

Quality of Education: 25%

Alumni Employment: 25%

Quality of Faculty: 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:

Scientific Impact Number of Publications Collaboration Open Access Gender Diversity

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:

Research Productivity: 25%

  • # Articles last 11 years: 10%
  • # Articles current year: 15%

Research Impact: 35%

  • # Citations last 11 years: 15%
  • # Citations last 2 years: 10%
  • Average # citations last 11 years: 10%

Research Excellence: 40%

  • H-index last 2 years: 10%
  • # Highly cited papers last 11 years: 15%
  • # Articles current year in high-impact journals: 15%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Academic:

Article count (AC) Fractional count (FC) Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:

Teaching: 40%

  • Ratio Faculty/Student: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Faculty/Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • Ratio Doctoral Degrees Awarded/Bachelor Degrees Awarded: 8%
  • World Teaching Reputation: 8%

Research: 40%

  • Citations per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • Doctoral Degrees per Accepted PhD: 8%
  • Normalized Citation Impact: 8%
  • Papers per Academic/Research Staff: 8%
  • World Research Reputation: 8%

International Diversity: 10%

  • International Faculty: 2%
  • International Students: 2%
  • International Co-Authored Papers: 2%
  • Reputation Outside Geographical Region: 2%
  • International Level: 2%

Financial Sustainability: 10%

  • Institutional Income per Faculty: 2%
  • Institutional Income per Student: 2%
  • Papers per Research Income: 2%
  • Research Income per Academic/Research Staff: 2%
  • Research Income per Institutional Income: 2%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Academic Rankings:

Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20% Citation per papers 20% Papers per academic and research staff 20% International research reputation 20% Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:

Teaching Reputation 50% Research Reputation 50%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings:

Research 50% Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:

Quality of Education 10%

  • Alumni winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 10%

Quality of Faculty 40%

  • Staff winning Nobel Prizes/Field Medals 20%
  • Highly Cited Researchers 20%

Research Output 40%

  • Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
  • Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded & Social Science Citation Index 20%

Per Capita Performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings:

30% Teaching (the Learning Environment)

  • Reputation survey: 15%
  • Staff-to-student ratio: 4.5%
  • Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio: 2.25%
  • Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio: 6%
  • Institutional income: 2.25%

30% Research (Volume, Income and Reputation)

  • Reputation survey: 18%
  • Research income: 6%
  • Research productivity: 6%

30% Citations (Research Influence)

7.5% International Outlook (Staff, Students and Research)

  • Proportion of international students: 2.5%
  • Proportion of international staff: 2.5%
  • International collaboration: 2.5%

2.5% Industry Income (Knowledge Transfer)"

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global Employability University Ranking:

Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young University Rankings:

Teaching 30% Research (volume, income and reputation) 30% Citations 30% International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5% Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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The Guardian News and Media Limited

Criteria used in ranking -The Guardian League Table:

Student to Staff Ratio: 15% Entry Standards: 15% Expenditure per Student: 5% Continuation 15% (non-medical subjects) OR 5% (medical subjects) NSS - Teaching: 8% NSS - Assessment & Feedback: 8% NSS - Overall Satisfaction: 4% Career Prospects: 15% Value added: 15%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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The University League Tables

Criteria used in ranking -CUG The Complete University Guide:

Entry Standards 12.5% Student Satisfaction 18.75% Student-Staff Ratio 12.5% Research Quality 12.5% Research Intensity 6.25% Academic Service Spending 6.25% Facilities Spending 6.25% Graduate Prospects 12.5% Degree Completion Rate 12.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe:

Patent volume 11.11% Patent success 11.11% Global patents 11.11% Patent citations 11.11% Percent of patents cited / Patent citation impact 11.11% Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11% Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11% Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11% Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:

Visibility 50% Excellence 35% Transparency 10% Presence 5%

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