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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.


Our ground-breaking research has improved how the emergency services think, behave, and respond in emergency situations.

Cardiff and US researchers discover potential mechanism behind extremely rare clotting disorder

Machine learning could provide rapid assessment of underwater earthquakes


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 new research and innovation sub-strategy will ensure that our work has a positive impact on society and that we are well-placed to contribute to the health, wealth, security and well-being of future generations in Wales, the UK and across the globe.

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.