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How we rank

UK and international league tables are published annually to help prospective students make informed choices about different institutions.

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide252023National 
The Complete University Guide262023National
Guardian University Guide292024National
QS World University Rankings1542024International
Academic Ranking of World Universities151-2002022International
Times Higher Education World University Rankings1872023International
Daily Mail University Guide332024National

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide

Cardiff University is ranked 25th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, making Cardiff the highest ranked university in Wales.

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide measures student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, services and facilities spend, and dropout rates.

The Complete University Guide

The University is ranked 26th in The Complete University Guide 2023, and tops the league table in Wales.

The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The subject league tables use four measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

Guardian University Guide

The University ranked joint 35th in the Guardian University Guide for 2023, scoring well in the areas of

  • satisfaction with course
  • satisfaction with teaching

The methodology for the Guardian University Guide focuses on subject-level league tables. Nine statistical measures are employed to approximate our performance in teaching each subject.

QS World University Rankings

Ranked 154th, we are Wales’s highest ranked University and remain among the UK’s best. The QS World University Rankings is the definitive guide to the world’s top universities.

Over 3,000 universities are evaluated for inclusion in the QS World University Rankings.

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Cardiff University is ranked within the 151-200th band in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022, an influential league table of global institutions.

Listing the top 500 universities in the world, the ranking is recognised as a benchmark of international university performance.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

We are ranked 187th in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.

The ranking includes more than 1,250 universities, and judges research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

The 2023 THE Impact Rankings table ranks Cardiff University 52nd out of 1,591 institutions worldwide – a significant increase on our 2022 ranking when we placed in the 101-200 band out of 1,410 institutions.

The Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They explore the impact a university can make, specifically by looking at themes of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The Impact Rankings provide a showcase for work being delivered by universities in communities and is an opportunity to shine the light on institutional activities and efforts not covered in other rankings.

In 2023 we ranked in the top 50 for four SDGs:

  • 6th for Life Below Water
  • 11th for Life on Land
  • 24th for Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 31st for Good Health and Wellbeing

Daily Mail University Guide

Cardiff University is ranked 33rd in the Daily Mail University Guide 2024.