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Exciting news – Cardiff University has risen to 5th place in the UK University rankings.

This is a rise of 17 places in the UK Government Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on GPA and makes Cardiff the fastest-rising amongst the leading research universities of the Russell Group.

  1. Imperial College London
  2. London School of Economics and Political Science
  3. University of Oxford
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. Cardiff University
  6. King’s College London
  7. University of Warwick
  8. University College London
  9. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  10. Queen Mary University of London

Furthermore, six of Cardiff’s academic disciplines have been found to be within the Top 5 in the UK for quality.

  • 1st Civil & Construction Engineering
  • 2nd Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience
  • 2nd Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
  • 3rd Sociology
  • 4th Allied Health Sciences
  • 5th Education

Other notable achievements include:

  • 6th Business and Management Studies
  • 6th Physics
  • 7th Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • 9th Chemistry


For the first time this year, the REF exercise has measured the impact of University research, and I am pleased to say that Cardiff University has been ranked 2nd in the UK for research impact.

We hope that you are as pleased with our results as we are and hope that you will pass this fantastic news onto students who are considering Cardiff for their future studies.

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