Ten reasons to study here
Study in a School that's internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for teaching, research and engagement activities.
1. We have an outstanding reputation for the quality of our courses
We are ranked 9th in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (Guardian University Guide 2019) and and 8th in the UK for Town and Country Planning and Landscape (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
2. We consistently receive strong student satisfaction scores
National Student Surveys (NSS) results reveal consistent satisfaction scores and highlight several areas valued by students including learning environment, resources and staff.
3. Our students are highly employable
Latest survey results show that 93% of graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).
4. We offer an exciting, innovative and supportive learning environment
With modules delivering the best in research-led teaching and offering a diversity of teaching and assessment methods, students are able to maximise their learning, employability, and citizenship potential.
5. We actively encourage our students to connect academic knowledge to real world situations
Our research and teaching seeks to make connections between human geography and planning. Our courses promote the development of critical thinking about the relations between space, place and environment and provide students with the analytical skills to examine these relations.
Using case studies, field study visits and work placement opportunities, we encourage our students to relate this academic knowledge and these analytical skills to a variety of real world situations.
6. We are an international school
One-third of members of academic staff come from countries outside of the UK and we have a research footprint in four continents of the world. This means our courses are truly international in both content and delivery.
We encourage our students to spend time abroad during their courses through our field study visits to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York, and study placements in one of our international partner universities in Europe, Australia, North America and Asia. The University provides support and funding for international study through its Global Opportunities Centre and Languages For All scheme.
7. We position students at the heart of the School
We operate a personal tutoring system that provides one-to-one academic and pastoral support to students. In addition, student representatives for each course meet with academic staff on a regular basis at staff–student panels to discuss issues relating to teaching in the School.
We also recognise the achievements of our high performing students through an annual awards event.
8. We are based in a long established research-intensive University
Cardiff University was established in 1883 and has developed into one of the UK’s top universities, as measured by research and teaching quality. It is a member of the Russell Group of UK universities, which represents the top 24 research-intensive universities in the UK.
Cardiff University was ranked fifth for the quality of its research and second for the wider impact of this research out of all UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
9. We are renowned for the excellence of our research
Cardiff University has been ranked in the top 10 in all UK research assessment exercises since the 1980s for the quality of its research. Geography was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2018 QS World University Subject Rankings.
10. We are based in an attractive building on a green campus in the heart of a beautiful capital city
Cardiff offers all the cultural, retail and sporting facilities that you expect of a capital city. It is also a compact city, which means that travelling between halls of residence, the university and the city centre involves relatively short distances.
We occupy an iconic Grade I listed building that is positioned in the beautiful civic centre of Cardiff and surrounded by attractive public parks and gardens. As such, we offer our students a city centre location with a campus feel.