Rankings

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

GuideRankingYearLocation
The Complete University Guide372018National
Guardian University Guide422018National
The Times and Sunday Times University Guide352018National 
QS World University Rankings1372018International
Academic Ranking of World Universities992017International

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Cardiff University is ranked 99th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 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. In the 2017 table, Cardiff is Wales’s only university listed in the top 100 and one of only nine in the UK.

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide

Cardiff University has been named Welsh University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. We climbed 11 places in the guide and are now ranked 35th.

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 37th in The Complete University Guide 2018, 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 Assessment, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

Guardian University Guide

The University ranked 42nd in the Guardian University Guide for 2018, scoring well in the areas of student satisfaction with their course and teaching. It is the highest ranked Welsh university in the Guide.

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

QS World University Rankings

Cardiff University has climbed three places in this prestigious ranking of the world’s leading universities. We are placed 137th amongst the world’s 959 top universities. We retained our position as Wales’s highest ranked University and 22nd amongst the 76 UK universities ranked.

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.