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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 Guide342021National 
The Complete University Guide302021National
Guardian University Guide372021National
QS World University Rankings1592021International
Academic Ranking of World Universities150-2002020International
Times Higher Education World University Rankings1912021International

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide

Cardiff University is ranked 34th in The Times & 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 30th in The Complete University Guide 2021, 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 159th, 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 150-200 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020, 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.