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Why study with us as an undergraduate?

From world-class campus facilities to excellent career prospects, here are six key reasons to choose Cardiff University for your undergraduate studies.

Career prospects

Graduates in St David's Hall

With a Cardiff University degree, you’ll be amongst the UK’s most sought-after graduates. 95.7% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2016/2017) – that’s above the UK average (94.6%) and ahead of other leading UK universities like Oxford (93.4%) and Cambridge (93.1%).

Cardiff students demonstrate the talent, motivation and enthusiasm that employers are seeking.

Paul Davies Partner, Latham and Watkins LLP (UK and international law firm)
  • Top 7 UK University for its careers service (Time Higher Education 2017)

From the very beginning of your time here, throughout your studies and after graduation, our Careers and Employability service can help you to develop your employability skills and achieve your career goals.

Global opportunities

Dio de Janeiro

Ready for an adventure? Broaden your horizons with our opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad. We have links with over 300 institutions and can provide you with the opportunity to embark on an overseas placement in Europe or beyond as part of your degree, or on a summer placement.

Volunteering abroad increased my cultural awareness, employability and independence, and has cemented my plans for my future career.

Madeleine Operation Wallacea volunteering project, 2018

Flexible study options

Student with book

From spending time abroad to experiencing a year in industry as part of your degree, our ultimate aim is to offer you flexibility.

Tailor your degree to suit you

Our range of modules mean that you can effectively tailor your degree programme to suit your particular interests and career ambitions.

In some degree programmes, successful completion of your degree will earn you partial or complete exemption from professional examinations. Some courses even allow you to delay your final degree choice until the end of your first year.

Choosing one of our part time undergraduate courses means you can study alongside other commitments.

Study through the medium of Welsh

Welsh speaker? Up to 100 of our courses – including Medicine, Law and Journalism – offer some or all of their modules through the medium of Welsh. Regardless of whether you’ve been taught in Welsh, you have the option to submit your work and take exams in Welsh if you wish, and can request a Welsh language tutor. Studying in Welsh can boost your career prospects too.

Study another language alongside your degree, for free

Want to brush up on your French? Interested in Arabic? Whether you’re an absolute beginner or looking to improve your existing skills, you can study another language for free with our Languages for All programme

Research-informed teaching

  • Top 5 university for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • 2nd in the UK for our research impact (REF 2014).

Research annually earns Cardiff University grants and investments totalling many tens of millions of pounds and also attracts top researchers from around the world.

As an undergraduate, you’ll work alongside international scholars at the forefront of their subject, studying in a vibrant, research-intensive environment. You’ll be given a flavour of the research activities going on within your subject and will have the opportunity to take part in learning activities influenced by staff research interests. For example, optional modules based on staff research interest may be offered and case studies or experiments used in class may derive from live research projects.

You’ll also have the chance to contribute to a research project through paid work experience with The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme.

As part of my degree we were able to conduct human dissections, and that has stuck with me as one of the most valuable learning experiences I have ever had.

Alice (BSc 2013)

Improved campus facilities

Centre for Student Life
Architects impression of the new Centre for Student Life
  • £600m invested in our future.

We’re undertaking our biggest campus upgrade for a generation. From improvements to our student’s union to a new, state-of-the-art home for the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, we’re providing our students with world-class facilities.

One of our most ambitious projects is to create a £50m Centre for Student Life to provide a central hub for our student support services as well as offering modern, flexible social learning spaces and a 550-seat lecture theatre. The Centre is due to open in 2021.

Student life

Students' Union
The Students' Union has a diverse and inclusive range of activities and services that enrich student life.
  • 3rd best Students' Union in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019).

There are so many reasons to love Cardiff – especially for students. It’s regularly listed as one of the most affordable university cities in the UK, it came second in the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index for monthly rental costs, and with over 200 sports clubs and societies, there’s plenty to get involved with beyond your academic studies.

  • 84% of our students were satisfied with their overall experience of the University. (National Student Survey, 2019).

We pride ourselves on the level of engagement we have with our students and work closely with student representatives to make sure your views are heard. Each year we also ask for student feedback through a variety of surveys, using the data gathered to improve and enhance your experience here.

We guarantee you accommodation in your first year and we’re here to support you throughout your whole degree, offering free advice, guidance and counselling via our student support and wellbeing services.

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