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Address: King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3NN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)2920 875742
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Cardiff University School of Social Sciences offers a dynamic and engaged teaching environment. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence across a range of subject areas, including sociology, policy studies, criminology, education and social work. Our interdisciplinary approach creates an engaging and enjoyable learning environment for all of our students. Our students benefit from the research expertise and achievements of our staff.

Cardiff University has over 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries. The School of Social Sciences was ranked in the global Top 100 for Social Sciences and Education in the Times World University Rankings 2017. In the latest UK Research Excellence Framework the School ranked 3rd for research quality in Sociology and 5th for Education. We have a thriving postgraduate community, offering a range of master’s, postgraduate research and professional programmes.


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Here at the School we place a strong focus on employability, encouraging you to think about your future from day one. In 2015/16, 96% of the School’s graduates were employed, engaged in further study or both. Our courses are designed with a strong focus on international employability, offering students fantastic opportunities to study abroad, as well as taking on placements and internships both nationally and internationally.

The majority of our undergraduate students have the opportunity to take a module in their second year which embeds a work placement into the curriculum. Many of our undergraduate programmes also offer the opportunity for you to extend your degree to four years with a third year spend on a professional placement.


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Most placement host organisations are based in Cardiff within easy reach of the University. We have previously worked with a wide range of organisations such as Welsh Government; National Assembly for Wales; Public Health Wales; NSPCC; British Council; and Institute of Welsh Affairs.

The School also offers opportunities for students to take on summer placements both in the UK and internationally. In 2016 students from the School undertook work placements, internships or volunteering opportunities in Canada, Fiji, India, Japan, Thailand, Tanzania and the USA.

We have a dedicated Employability and Placements manager who is on-hand to offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and other opportunities to enhance your CV.


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Cardiff University offers a range of highly prestigious international scholarships to reward the best students. These include our own student scholarships, such as the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship worth over £2M, as well as some run in conjunction with other organisations. A selection of country-specific scholarships are available, please check our international pages for more information.

The School has a dedicated International Officer who can offer bespoke advice and support for your individual needs as a prospective international students.

King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff CF10 3NN, UK