Universities in Cardiff, England UK
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Cardiff
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  • Universities in Cardiff
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
24
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Cardiff
  • (15 institution and 9 subject rankings)
22
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Cardiff
  • Among TOP 200

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and it’s the most popular visitor destination for tourists in the country. It has everything you can expect from a capital city, with more sun and less rain annually than the majority of Wales. Cardiff is a city that’s full of both domestic and international students due to the academic opportunities available, and the unique chance to study the Welsh language. Additionally, the significant majority of graduates choose to continue living in Cardiff to take advantage of its healthy job market and comparably low cost of living, particularly when it comes to monthly rent. Cardiff and Wales generally enjoy a well-earned reputation for having some of the most impressive natural scenery that the UK has to offer, ranging from high coastal cliffs to Barry Island’s yellow-sanded beaches.

PROS

  • Living costs in Cardiff are lower than the average in the UK which makes it easier for students to be more financially stable.
  • There are many historical attractions in Cardiff that students find interesting and unique, especially if they come from abroad.
  • Students usually highlight that Cardiff has everything a student needs, and although you can walk almost everywhere, public transport offers a scheme known as My Travel Pass. This scheme offers significant discounts on buses for those between the ages of 16 and 21.

CONS

  • Wales has its own language, Welsh, and it’s quite a difficult language to learn. It’s not required if you want to study in Cardiff but it might be hard to understand the strong local accent.
  • People often recommend not to use cars in the area as it can be difficult and frustrating due to severe traffic, so students often use public transport.
  • Despite Cardiff having better weather than the average, the rain can be excessive.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Cardiff
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Includes 2 universities from Cardiff.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: QS World University Rankings By Subject (Engineering - Civil & Structural) updated with Cardiff University ranked highest among 14 listed universities in Cardiff.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities from 4icu. in position #182.
  • 01 Jan, 2021: New edition of Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. 2 universities in Cardiff ranked.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Cardiff

Pharmacology & Pharmacy
#2 
Cardiff University
Psychology
#7 
Cardiff University
Town & Country Planning and Landscape
#8 
Cardiff University
Linguistics
#9 
Cardiff University
Music
#10 
Cardiff University
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
#15 
Cardiff University
Physics
#18 
Cardiff University
Fashion & Textiles
#25 
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Communication & Media Studies
#28 
Cardiff University
Criminology
#29 
Cardiff University

Rankings of universities in Cardiff, England UK 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (514 reviews)
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  • #27 
  • #34 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #29 
  • #37 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #24 
  • #191 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


  • #65 
  • #79 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #58 
  • #72 
University league tables
[Published 05 September, 2020]
  • #75 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (29 reviews)
  • #120 
  • #5185 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#4

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (189 reviews)

#5

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (248 reviews)
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Student Opinions About Studying in Cardiff

“I love Cardiff, its culture and its people. It can be frustrating trying to understand the locals’ accent at times but everyone is so friendly! Studying here has been a memorable experience so far. It rains way more than I would like it to here, but at least that makes the landscape as green as it is!”

“I’m a bit of a geek for castles, so of course I love living in a place like Wales that has so many of them. I rented a car once and it was a nightmare because of how hard it is to drive on Cardiff’s roads if you’re not an expert, so I suggest newcomers to rely on public transport instead.”

“Cardiff is so much cheaper than other places in the UK when it comes to rent and day-to-day costs. I feel lucky I’ve had the chance to study at such a reputable university as Cardiff University, as well as meet the enthusiastic and passionate people I have on the way.”

Cardiff Key Facts for International Students

Population: 303000

Time: GMT +0

District/province: Wales, Cardiff

Living costs for students in Cardiff:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 82* (18% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 63* (37% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 68* (32% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 3.11 £
  • Plug Type G
    • Residential voltage: 230 V
    • Frequency: 50 Hz
Nobel prize laureates:
Sir Martin J. Evans (Cardiff University, 2007)

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FAQ

Cardiff University ranks #1 in Cardiff in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Cardiff Cardiff University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 32 rankings where Cardiff University is listed.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff for Medicine & Health (Pharmacology & Pharmacy). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

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

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff for Architecture, Building & Planning (Town & Country Planning and Landscape). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

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

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff for Arts Visual & Performing (Music). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff for Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

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

Cardiff Metropolitan University is ranked best in Cardiff for Design (Fashion & Textiles). See all rankings for the Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff for Law (Criminology). See all rankings for the Cardiff University.

Cardiff University is ranked best in Cardiff 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%
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:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
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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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
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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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -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 -University league tables:
Student to Staff Ratio 15%
Value added 15%
Entry Scores 15%
Career Prospects 15%
NSS - Teaching 10%
NSS - Assessment & Feedback 10%

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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
Student satisfaction
Research quality
Research intensity
Graduate prospects
Student-staff ratio
Academic services spend
Facilities spend
Good honours
Degree completion

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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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