Advancing the fight against Alzheimer's, working with NASA to explore space and shaping the society in which we live; our researchers are making a real difference. We're ranked 2nd nationally for the impact of our research and are among the top 5 universities in the UK for research excellence.


Risso's dolphin entangled in a fishing line and plastic bag.

Turning the tide on plastic pollution

How plastic gets to the sea, and what we can do to stop it.

Plastic Bags

English shoppers ditch the carrier bag

Study shows significant change in attitudes and behaviours of shoppers since the introduction of English carrier bag charge.

Coffee cup and coffee beans

Curbing coffee cup usage

Research by Bewley’s and Cardiff University identifies measures that can help encourage the use of re-usable cups by coffee drinkers.



Research institutes

Our Research Institutes bring together academic talents from across a range of disciplines to solve problems of global importance.


Research impact

Our researchers make a difference to people's lives by working across disciplines to tackle major challenges facing society, the economy and our environment.


Postgraduate research

Our research degrees give you the opportunity to investigate your subject amongst field-leading researchers with truly first-class facilities.



Work with us

We work with businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors.

The ARCCA Machine Room

Research facilities

Our world class research facilities are available to organisations to hire.

Our research environment


REF 2014

We are ranked 5th in the UK for the quality of our research and 2nd nationally for the impact of our research.

Dr Haley Gomez, School of Physics and Astronomy

Supporting researchers

Our researchers have access to a wide range of development programmes, cutting-edge facilities, extensive library resources and expert advice.


Integrity and ethics

Our governance framework helps ensure our research is of the highest quality and ethical standards.