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Cardiff University

About Cardiff University

Cardiff University was established as the University College of South Wales and Monmouth shire in the year 1883. In the year 1893, it was among the developing colleges of the University of Wales. From the year 1997, it started granting degrees to the students. It merged in 1988 with the renowned university, the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. The name of the university as Cardiff University became legal in 2005 that gave it the power to award degrees on its own. Being the third among the other oldest universities in Wales, it comprises of 26 academic schools which are categorized into three colleges including College of Physical Sciences and Engineering, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

Cardiff University Rankings

  • #151-200 Universities Rankings - ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) 2020
  • #159 World University Ranking - QS 2021
  • #191 University Ranking - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #30 University Ranking (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #37 University Rankings - The Guardian 2021
  • #168 Global Universities - US News & World Report 2021

Why Cardiff University?

  • The 2016 survey found 87% of the students were satisfied with their overall experience at the University
  • The University ranked 33rd in the Guardian University Guide for 2016
  • University is in the top 100 in the world regarding the proportion of students who are international
  • 94.1% of graduates enter employment, further study or both shortly after graduating
  • 5th university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on quality
  • 2nd university nationally in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) on rankings based on impact

Cardiff University Department structure

Cardiff University offers over 500 degrees across a range of subject areas. It has three separate colleges which are each home to 25 academic schools.

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences covers subject areas such as:

  • Business
  • English, Communication and Philosophy
  • Geography and Planning
  • History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Journalism, Media and Culture
  • Law and Politics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Social Sciences
  • Welsh

The College of Biomedical and Life Sciences covers subject areas such as:

  • Biosciences
  • Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Wales Deanery (PGMDE)

The College of Physical Sciences and Engineering covers subject areas such as:

  • Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy

Many of its academic schools are among the best in the UK, with award-winning academics, Nobel Prize winners, Queen’s Anniversary Prize winners and tutors with many more accolades delivering cutting-edge research and teaching.

As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff University attracts funding, grants and awards that enable it to deliver the highest quality teaching across its academic schools.

Cardiff University is ranked among the world top 100 in numerous subject areas and in the UK top 5 for subjects including: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Communications and Media; Dentistry; Healthcare Sciences; Journalism; Optometry; Pharmacy; Psychology; Sociology and more.

It is also ranked within the UK top 10 for: Business; Chemistry; English; General Engineering; Geography and Planning; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine; Modern Languages; Physics; Radiography and more (Top 5 and Top 10 subject areas ranked by independent sources – The Times, The Guardian, The Complete University Guide, REF).

Cardiff University Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Medicine and HealthCare (1 Courses) 5 year GBP 17500
MBA (1 Courses) 12 month GBP 20750
Engineering (7 Courses) 1 Year - 5 Year GBP 18980 - GBP 21950
Science (9 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 22950
Arts (3 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 17700 - GBP 21950
Law (2 Courses) 3 year GBP 17450
Information Technology (IT) (3 Courses) 12 Month - 3 Year GBP 18250 - GBP 22950
Management (8 Courses) 12 Month - 3 Year GBP 16250 - GBP 23450

Cardiff University Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering IELTS , PTE , TOEFL
Information Technology (IT) IELTS , PTE
Management AIEED , PTE , IELTS , TOEFL
Medicine and HealthCare IELTS , PTE

Cardiff University English Language Requirements

English language test varies for the most program even though they are at the same level, minimum required English language test is presented on the table below

Test Undergraduate Score Postgraduate Score
IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each session 6.5 with a 5.5 in each subskill or a GCSE in the Welsh language
TOEFL  90 overall with a minimum of 17 for listening, 17 for writing, 18 for speaking, and 20 for reading 90 overall with a minimum of 20 in each subskill
Trinity ISE II/III II: Two merits and two Distinctions
III: A Pass in all components
II: Two Distinctions and two Merits
III: A Pass in all the components
PTE 62 overall with no less than 51 in all communicative skills 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills
Duolingo English Test 110 110

Cardiff University Highlights

University Type Public
Campus Setting Urban
Establishment Year 1883
Application cost 20/25 GBP
Average Cost of Attendance 32,000 GBP
Mode of Program Full time, distance, and online
Graduate Job Rate 95.7%

Cardiff University Cost of Attendance

The estimated fees for the 2020/2021 academic session are presented in the table below.

Fees Undergraduate (GBP) Postgraduate (GBP)
Tuition Fee 17,700 – 21,950 21,950 - 23,450
Rent (including bills) 5,320 6,920
Food 1,400 1,820
Books and copying 400 500
Social 1,080 1,400
Clothes 225 300
Laundry and toiletries 225 420
Travel 900 1,200
Telephone/mobile and TV license 450 600
Total 27,700 – 31,950 35,110 – 36,610

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Cardiff University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 20,040


£ 20,040

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 3,939

Campus accommodation

£ 4,406

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.