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Why choose postgraduate study at Cardiff University?

Former postgraduate student Rachel provides an overview of postgraduate study at Cardiff University.

What makes us unique

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Reasons to study here

Find out why you should choose us for your postgraduate studies.

Virtual tour

Take a 360 tour of the University

View our state-of-the-art facilities and hear from our current students.

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Living in Cardiff

Our students are captivated by the Welsh capital. Find out why.

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Our campuses

We have two: Cathays Park in the city centre and Heath Park, home of our teaching hospital, the University Hospital of Wales.

Postgrad life at Cathays Park campus

Former postgraduate student Rachel shares some of her experiences while showing you around our Cathays Park Campus.


World-leading research

90% of research at Cardiff University is rated world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).


One of the most beautiful universities in the UK (Times Higher Education 2018)

You'll study in a capital city renowned for its friendliness, culture and natural beauty - we have more green space per person than any other big UK city.


Most affordable UK city for students

Cardiff has been ranked the most affordable UK city for students in the NatWest Student Living Index 2022.


Whether you're pursuing one of our postgraduate taught courses or our research programmes, we have lots of ways to help you cover tuition fees and living costs. And if you need specialist support, our Advice and Money team can help.

Master’s Excellence Scholarships

This scholarship scheme supports UK students in funding postgraduate study. Each scholarship is worth a £3,000 tuition fee discount.

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Funding for postgraduate students

Find out what’s available, including loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships.

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PhD studentships and projects

Search all of our available opportunities.

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Advice and Money team

Our students can access our free, impartial and confidential guidance on a wide range of money matters.

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Living costs calculator

See how far your money goes by using our living costs calculator.


Whether you choose to live in a university residence or private accommodation, we want you to feel at home here.

International (not including EU, EEA or Swiss national) postgraduate students are guaranteed a single occupancy place in university residences for the full duration of your studies (term and conditions apply). If you're a UK student, university accommodation is not guaranteed but may still be available.

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Browse our accommodation

ake a 360 degree look inside all of our halls and houses and compare prices, locations and more.

Kitchen (Houses A - K)

Life in student accommodation

Immerse yourself in a supportive, welcoming community and take part in events to help you settle in.

Private sector housing

Cardiff Student Lettings

Owned and run by Cardiff University Students' Union, this letting agency can help you find quality housing – and they don't charge agency fees.

Making the most of your university experience

It's not all work, work, work. What you do outside of your studies can be as important as what you learn inside a lecture hall.

Making the most of uni

From counselling and careers advice to health and wellbeing support, we offer a comprehensive range of services that you can access during your time here.

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Get an insight into the extensive range of opportunities available, regardless of your level of ability.

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Cardiff University Students’ Union

Home to more than 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs, live entertainment, as well as welfare, careers and advice services.

Learn a language - for free

Alongside your main degree programme, you can take one of our free Languages for All courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If you'd like to learn Welsh, you can sign up for our free Welsh for All course, which also fits around your academic commitments.

All levels are catered for, from complete beginners to advanced.

Watch this open day talk to learn more about these courses, which allow you to try a new language or improve on an existing one, for free.

Languages for All – Free language courses for students

Watch this open day talk to learn more about these courses, which allow you to try a new language or improve on an existing one, for free.

In this talk, we'll cover more about this course, which is a great opportunity to study Welsh and learn about Wales' history and culture during your stay here.

"Welsh for All – Free Welsh courses for students

In this talk, we'll cover more about this course, which is a great opportunity to study Welsh and learn about Wales' history and culture during your stay here.

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Our Languages for All courses

Open up a world of new destinations, inspiring cultures and exciting career options by signing up for one of our free language courses.

Our Welsh for All course

An opportunity for students to improve their language skills or learn Welsh while studying at the University.

Next steps


How to apply

Everything you need to know about applying, including our entry requirements and information on deferred entry.


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