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Extra-curricular activities

It's not all work, work, work... we want you to enjoy your time here and that means life outside of your studies.

Joining a club or society is one of the best ways to meet new people.

We have a range of clubs and societies that will allow you to meet lots of people and encourage you to try new things.

Sporting teams

Our medic sporting teams are hugely popular. We have teams in Football, Hockey, Netball, Basketball and of course our highly successful Cardiff Medicals Rugby Club. Each of these are set up to work around your timetable allowing you to perform the best you can without affecting your studies.

Cardiff University Research Society (CUReS)

Medical students getting involved in research.

CUReS is a student-led society that aims to improve research opportunities for medical students in Cardiff and help facilitate the connection between academics and students.

Many activities and events are held throughout the year including taster days where you can spend a day with a particular research group, our CUReS Symposium where you will get chance to present your research, plus the monthly talks, research skills development events and information evenings.

We also facilitate the numerous summer projects that medical students can apply to take part in.

Find out more about CUReS.

Charity and volunteering work

Medical students are hugely active when it comes to charity and volunteering work.

No matter what your interests are, we are sure to have a society that you can get involved with. Here are a few examples:

  • Teddy Bear Hospital - a student led society with an aim to reduce children's fears of hospitals, doctors and dentists through play.
  • Friends of Médecins sans Frontières - Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) exists to save lives by providing medical aid where it is needed most. We are committed to raising awareness and funds for MSF.
  • Wilderness Expedition Medicine Society (WEMS) - Offering exciting and educational opportunities which are very different experiences to those in a lecture theatre, the aim being to equip our members with hands on, practical teaching in the treatment of medical emergencies in a remote setting.
  • SKIP Cardiff - SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects) is a national, entirely volunteer-led charity which aims to develop and maintain sustainable, community-based projects to improve the health, education and welfare of vulnerable children.

Explore all of our clubs, societies and activities.

MedDay Wales

Students and staff enjoying MedDay.

MedDay Wales is an annual fundraising initiative organised by our medical students to raise money for some incredible causes and give a little something back to the community.

Events in the past have included sponsored fun runs, raffles, cream pieing a teacher, the MedDay Wales pub quiz and after-party plus lots more.

Find out more on the MedDay Wales facebook page


MedSoc is one of the largest societies in the union with a committee of over 40 students to look after the social, academic and welfare needs of our medical students.

MedSoc’s social committee is extremely active, providing a spectrum of events with something that everyone will enjoy.

Events from the traditional 'Back to School' and 'Toga nights', to the hugely successful 'Circus of Horrors' and 'Gangsters and Molls' parties, to formals in the shape of the Freshers’ and Halfway Balls, to the annual summer raft race and international medic meals, you can ensure your social life as a Cardiff medical student will be thoroughly enjoyable.

For full details of all activities and how to become a member please visit the MedSoc website.


Every year around 250 medic students and staff are joined by colleagues, family and friends who all come together to celebrate excellence in medical education.

Surgam, Latin for 'I shall rise', is an event designed to inspire, to reward, to motivate and to demonstrate the pride we take in our students and staff.

Awards are presented to both students and staff to celebrate the worthwhile, impressive and inspiring things they do within the curriculum and outside of it.

Explore all Cardiff University Students' Union clubs, societies and activities.