December 2016

The stories below are taken from the December 2016 edition of the Agents Newsletter.

Cardiff Business School - Get ahead with a professional placement

At Cardiff Business School we encourage all of our international students to spend their third year on placement with a business/organisation. This allows you to gain a deeper insight and understanding of a specific sector, while setting yourselves apart from other graduates. A placement is often a great way to accelerate your career and help you fulfil your ambitions for your professional future.

These paid placements typically last between 9 and 12 months, and can be based within an organisation in Wales, across the UK or globally. As an international student, if you are successful in finding a placement you will need to request a visa extension, however our staff on hand to guide you through the process.

School of Geography and Planning - Studying to plan greener cities

The MSc in Eco-Cities in the School of Geography and Planning (ranked top 50 in the World QS ranking) offers an innovative teaching programme whereby students each year attend a field study visit in a major city. During their visit students gain valuable experience working with local stakeholders to help promote sustainable innovations for urban areas.

In 2016, students visited Jakarta, Indonesia where they analysed critical issues around water quality, access and governance. Working collaborative alongside postgraduate students from the Universitas Indonesia and Florida University students gain international competencies and they produced a book which reports on their work with local communities and proposals for environmental improvements. This work is contributing to ongoing debates on the management of water in Jakarta.

Read more about the programmes from the School of Geography and Planning.

School of Engineering - BEng Civil Engineering

Civil engineers play a key role in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment around us, including buildings and structures, flood defences and water supply programmes.

Our Civil and Environmental Engineering programme offers students a highly regarded degree course at one of the top universities in this field, preparing them for exciting future career opportunities in designing and working with the built and natural environments.

  • This course offers the opportunity to study at the highest-rated civil engineering school in the UK (according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • All of our courses are informed by industrial collaboration and accredited by the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers
  • Students will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry.

Our graduates are mainly employed in the civil engineering industry with major consultancy and contracting firms, such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Ramboll, Arup and Mott McDonald. Typical roles include graduate civil engineer, site engineer or design engineer, and they are based throughout the UK as well as further afield.

School of Medicine – Introducing the MSc Medical Research & Innovation

The Masters Programme in Medical Research and Innovation has been developed to provide life science and healthcare graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills allowing them to contribute to the rapidly evolving fields of diagnostics and medical device development and to the management of clinical innovation.

Who is this programme for?
Life science and healthcare graduates; individuals working in or hoping to work in the life science, medical technology and technology industries.

Ranking Update

What is Cardiff's UK ranking?
Cardiff is an ambitious and innovative Russell Group university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the most recent Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.

And world-wide...
Cardiff sits proudly amongst the top 1% of institutions world-wide with the latest QS world ranking placing Cardiff 140th in the world. We are also in the top 100 in the world regarding the proportion of our students who are international. In the 2017 Time Higher World University Rankings, Cardiff rose into the top 200 for the first time. The US News Best Global Universities rankings placed Cardiff 149th in the world and 18th amongst UK universities.

What about our other rankings?
Cardiff currently holds 33rd and 46th position in the Guardian and Times rankings respectively. Although this position does not mirror where we would like to be, many of our subject rankings reflect the quality and value of a Cardiff degree.
Some of our most recent subject rankings include:

  • Architecture – 3rd Complete University Guide, 4th The Guardian,  5th The Times
  • Biosciences – 8th The Complete University Guide (Anatomy and Physiology)
  • Business – 51-100 QS World Rankings (Accounting & Finance)
  • Engineering – 7th Complete University Guide (general), 9th The Guardian (Mechanical)
  • Journalism - 1st The Guardian, 6th The Times
  • Pharmacy – 2nd The Guardian, 4th The Complete University Guide
  • Psychology – 9th The Guardian
  • Town and Country Planning – 3rd Complete University Guide, 6th The Guardian

Has the quality of education at Cardiff decreased?
No. Our recent change in ranking position is more a reflection of how other universities have focussed resources on improving their rankings data resulting in a change in our league table position. The quality of education delivered at Cardiff remains at the same high standard.