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 Guide||35||2022||National|
|The Complete University Guide||26||2023||National|
|Guardian University Guide||38||2022||National|
|QS World University Rankings||166||2023||International|
|Academic Ranking of World Universities||151-200||2021||International|
|Times Higher Education World University Rankings||189||2022||International|
The Times and Sunday Times University Guide
Cardiff University is ranked 34th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 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 37th in the Guardian University Guide for 2021, scoring well in the areas of
- money spent on each student
- percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are in further study at professional or HE level, within 15 months of graduation.
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 166th, we are Wales’s highest ranked University and remain amongst 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 151-200 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021, 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 191 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
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
|Sustainable Development Goals||Ranking|
|SDG 13 Climate Action||4th in UK|
|SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing||5th in UK|
|SDG 14 Live Below Water||9th in UK|
|SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production||12th in UK|
|SDG 15 Life on Land||16th in UK|