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We’re ranked 2nd nationally for the impact of our research and are among the top five universities in the UK for research excellence.

We conduct research across a range of themes. Our research can be explored through our centres and groups, publications and Research Institutes.

We're tackling the grand challenges of our time to ensure that our research has global impact.

From developing researchers to our state-of-the-art facilities, supporting research innovation is at the heart of everything we do.


“Your existence, your personality, everything you do, everything you think, everything you’ve done—it’s all there in that few litres of stuff.”

Cardiff University findings could have important implications for vaccine design


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

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

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

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

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

Our research environment

Our aim is to be in the top 12 in REF 2021 based on Research Power.

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

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