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We’re proud to offer our students a diverse and welcoming environment that encourages curiosity and innovation and creates highly skilled and sought after graduates.

Making education accessible to all

We encourage prospective students from all backgrounds to consider a degree in the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering. We make our subjects accessible to all through our widening access scheme, our foundation programmes and by promoting the value of science.

Cardiff offers a compelling student experience: Russell Group research credentials, the full gamut of traditional undergraduate degree courses and relatively affordable living with hot and cold running nightlife on tap.

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Research-led teaching

Leading researchers teach on every programme, giving our students the opportunity to engage with the latest research and keep up-to-date with innovative developments in the field. Our research-led approach to teaching is enhanced by our strong links with industry, which give students the opportunity to make valuable contacts with future employers and use the knowledge and skills learnt on their course.

Students can also develop their skills by working with academic staff on real projects. For example, our summer research placements in the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP), is one of the largest undergraduate research schemes in the UK.

A focus on global issues

All of our subject areas have essential roles to play in resolving global challenges. Our students work with real-world issues, helping them to develop knowledge that can be applied to solve problems in their field and beyond.

Modern facilities

We aim to provide all of our students with a high-quality educational experience, which is why we are investing in teaching facilities across the College. Our lecture theatres, libraries and other teaching spaces are equipped with modern facilities enabling us to record lectures, engage in digital group discussion, and share teaching content.

Working with industry

Many of our Schools offer programmes with a year in industry so students have the opportunity to experience working in a professional environment. We offer integrated master’s programmes in most disciplines that are accredited by relevant professional institutions.

Students from National Software Academy in computer lab
Students from the National Software Academy

An exciting initiative developed by Cardiff University in collaboration with Welsh Government and industry leaders is the National Software Academy, which aims to address a national shortage of skilled programming and software engineering graduates. Academy students benefit from extensive industry engagement and a focus on real-life projects, which makes them able to make an immediate and smooth transition into the workplace as commercial software engineers.

Broaden your horizons

One of the reasons our degrees are so valuable at preparing students for their future careers is because we offer many extra educational experiences to enrich learning.

Many of our Schools offer programmes with years studying abroad. This means that our students have the opportunity to see their subject from an international perspective and are often able to conduct research in global laboratories.

The University’s Global Opportunities Centre offers students a variety of opportunities to work, volunteer or study abroad. The Languages for All scheme, open to all Cardiff University students, enables students to learn a language for free alongside their degree.