Overall university ranking

The quality and impact of Cardiff's research has led to a meteoric rise in league tables, pushing us into the UK's top 5 universities. 

We have broken into the "Golden Triangle" of Oxford, Cambridge and London, and confirmed our place as a world-leading university. We have climbed 17 places making us the fastest rising among the leading research universities of the Russell Group.

RankUniversityGPA*
1Imperial College London3.36
2London School of Economics and Political Science3.35
3University of Oxford3.34
4University of Cambridge3.33
5Cardiff University3.27
6King's College London3.23
7University of Warwick3.22
8University College London3.22
9London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine3.20
10Queen Mary University of London3.18
11University of Edinburgh3.18
12University of Bristol3.18
13University of Sheffield3.17
14University of Bath3.17
15University of York3.17
16University of Manchester3.16
17University of Southampton3.15
18Lancaster University3.15
19University of Durham3.14
20University of St Andrews3.13
21University of Leeds3.13
22University of East Anglia3.11
23University of Glasgow3.10
24Swansea University3.09
25Royal Holloway, University of London3.09
26University of Nottingham3.09
27Newcastle University3.09
28University of Exeter3.08
29University of Birmingham3.07
30Cranfield University3.07
31University of Liverpool3.06
32Heriot-Watt University3.06
33Aston University3.05
34University of Essex3.05
35University of Strathclyde3.04
36University of Dundee3.03
37University of Reading3.03
38University of Sussex3.01
39Cardiff Metropolitan University3.00
40Bangor University2.99
41Queen's University Belfast2.99
42University of Surrey2.98
43University of Aberdeen2.97
44Birkbeck College2.97
45University of Stirling2.96
46Loughborough University2.95
47University of Kent2.95
48City University London2.95
49University of Bradford2.95
50University of Leicester2.93
51University of Ulster2.91
52Open University2.91
53Goldsmiths' College2.90
54Keele University2.88
55Aberystwyth University2.84
56University of Brighton2.84
57Roehampton University2.83
58School of Oriental and African Studies2.82
59Liverpool John Moores University2.79
60Sheffield Hallam University2.76
61University of Portsmouth2.75
62Manchester Metropolitan University2.74
63University of Westminster2.74
64University of Plymouth2.74
65Bournemouth University2.72
66University of Northumbria at Newcastle2.71
67University of East London2.71
68Kingston University2.70
69University of Hull2.70
70University of the West of England, Bristol2.70
71Coventry University2.67
72Glasgow Caledonian University2.67
73De Montfort University2.67
74Brunel University London2.67
75Oxford Brookes University2.66
76University of Huddersfield2.65
77Birmingham City University2.64
78University of Hertfordshire2.61
79Nottingham Trent University2.59
80Middlesex University2.58
81Teesside University2.58
82University of Lincoln2.54
83University of Salford2.54
84Edinburgh Napier University2.52
85Bath Spa University2.52
86University of Bedfordshire2.52
87London South Bank University2.52
88University of Central Lancashire2.51
89University of South Wales2.51
90London Metropolitan University2.44
91University of Wales Trinity Saint David2.39
92Canterbury Christ Church University2.38
93University of Gloucestershire2.38
94Anglia Ruskin University2.37
95University of the West of Scotland2.36
96Robert Gordon University2.35
97University of Greenwich2.33
98University of Winchester2.32
99University of Wolverhampton2.31
100Edge Hill University2.22
101Liverpool Hope University2.21
102Staffordshire University2.20
103University of Abertay Dundee2.16
104Leeds Beckett University2.16
105Glyndŵr University2.15
106University of Sunderland2.12
107University of Northampton2.09
108University of Chester2.08
109University of Worcester2.08
110University of Derby2.07
111Falmouth University2.04
112University of Bolton2.04
113York St John University2.04
114Leeds Trinity University2.01
115St Mary's University, Twickenham1.98
116The University of West London1.92
117Southampton Solent University1.63

*GPA calculated using: a quality profile weighted by staff FTE, where the percentage at 4* x 4, the percentage at 3* x 3, the percentage at 2* x 2, the percentage at 1* x 1 divided by 100 (the total percentage of all research).