Cardiff University

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Cardiff University Details

  • Country : United Kingdom
  • City : Cardiff
  • Acronym : CU
  • Founded : 1883
  • Students (approx.) : 31000
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We are an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Cardiff University world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.

Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.

Cardiff University students benefit from teaching that builds both intellectual skills and the ability to think independently.

Learning in a research-led environment means students interact with researchers working at the frontiers of knowledge in their disciplines. Cardiff University research is vigorous and pioneering – this creates a stimulating environment for study.

The 2015 National Student Survey found that 90% of Cardiff University students were satisfied with their student experience – above the UK-wide sector average.

Our graduates are among the most sought-after by employers, 95.5% find employment or further study within six months of graduating.*

Some of our degree courses include a professional training year, whilst others provide accreditation from professional bodies. All undergraduate and postgraduates can learn a choice of languages for free.

We are the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning providing several hundred courses in venues across South East Wales. We also offer professional development programmes, including custom-made courses.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Cardiff Business School
  • Planning and Geography
  • English, Communication and Philosophy
  • Modern Languages
  • History Archaeology and Religion
  • Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Law and Politics
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Music
  • Social Sciences
  • Welsh

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • Biosciences
  • Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Optometry and Vision Sciences
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education
  • Psychology

College of Physical Sciences

  • Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Informatics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy


The University opened its doors on 24 October 1883 and was formally established by Royal Charter in 1884.

We were named the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and were tiny in comparison to our current size. There were just:

  • 13 academic staff
  • 12 departments
  • 102 full-time degree students
  • 49 part-time students.

In 1893 we became one of the founding institutions of the University of Wales and began awarding their degrees. By 1972 we had taken the name University College, Cardiff.


We merged with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology  (UWIST) in 1988. In 1999 the public name of the University changed to Cardiff University.

In 2004 we merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine. The College of Medicine was part of the original University but had split off in 1931, making this a reunification.

In December 2004 the Privy Council approved a new Supplemental Charter granting us university status. Our legal name changed to Cardiff University. We are now independent of the University of Wales.

We awarded students admitted before 2005 University of Wales degrees. Since then we award students Cardiff University degrees.

Coat of arms

The College of Arms granted our coat of arms in 1988 after the merger with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology.

The arms feature ‘supporters’, which in heraldry are rarely granted to universities. The angel and the dragon are derived from the crests of the merged institutions.

The motto “Gwirionedd, Undod a Chytgord” is the closing phrase of the prayer for the Church Militant in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. It means “Truth, Unity and Concord”.

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