Introduction to Cardiff Uni

Cardiff Uni Main Building

Cardiff University (or more fondly known as Cardiff Uni) was created in 1883 when it received its Royal charter. The university is located in the heart of the city of Cardiff in the Cathays Park area which is also home to Cardiff National Museum, City Hall and Welsh Assembly’s offices.


In 2004 the University merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine after a Welsh Assembly Government’s review into high education in Wales. Cardiff University is the leading institution for medical education in Wales and is one of the biggest medical schools in the UK with over 3000 students. The university is affiliated to the University of Wales federation. The university also has very strong links with business and industry an example of this at the Manufacturing Engineering Centre which works with over 200 SME helping to facilitate growth in the local area. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Cardiff is a large university with over 28,000 students (21,200 undergraduates and 8,600 postgraduates) and 6,000 staff. This makes the university one of the largest employers in the capital city and the community has an annual turnover of over £429 million. The university is very international both in terms of research but also in fact that 17% of their students are from overseas.

The university is very much in demand, with a reported 4,500 available places being inundated with 34,000 applications. Approximately 8,200 students graduate each year from one of the 28 schools.. Each year around 90 percent of graduates enter employment or professional training/postgraduate study shortly after graduating, 4% not looking for work (for a number of reasons including travelling) and 7% of graduates are unemployed.

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Cardiff University’s Reputation

Cardiff University has a good reputation both in the UK and globally as you can see in Cardiff University Ranking section of this website.

Cardiff University’s Fees

UK/EU students will pay £9,000 per annum for Undergraduate courses. Welsh domiciled students will only pay £3,465 the remainder being paid by the Welsh Government.

International students would pay different amounts depending upon the type of course they enroll on:

  • Arts Courses £10,700
  • Science Courses £13,750

Information was correct on 23-02-2012. For more comprehensive and up to date information see

Cardiff University’s Contact Details

Address: Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales. CF10 3XQ

Telephone: +44(0)2920 874000

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this page was correct at time of publish and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cardiff University for more information please see their website.

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