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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% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling. Source: Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 survey.

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 12 UK University for employability in the Global University Employability Ranking (Times Higher Education 2024)

From the very beginning of your time here, throughout your studies and after graduation, our Student Futures 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

Female researcher working in technical lab
  • Top 20 university in the UK for the overall quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • 11th for impactour research has real-world benefits for the academic environment and our society (REF 2021).

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 as part of our on-campus internship opportunities.

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
Centre for Student Life on Cathays Campus
  • £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 the newly built £50m Centre for Student Life which provides a central hub for our student support services as well as offering modern, flexible social learning spaces and a 550-seat lecture theatre.

Student life

Students' Union
The Students' Union has a diverse and inclusive range of activities and services that enrich student life.
  • 2nd best Students' Union in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024).

There are so many reasons to love Cardiff – especially for students. Our Students’ Union is one of the biggest, best and most active in Britain (The Complete University Guide 2019). Ranked top 3 Students’ Union in the UK (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024). With more than 200 cultural, political, religious, social and sporting societies to cater for all types of interests, you can be sure of a lively social experience at Cardiff University.

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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