Aberystwyth University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    289
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    19.1
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.84
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,106
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.01
  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    548
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    62.3
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    88.6
  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    66.9

History

  • Established in 1872, Aberystwyth was the first university institution in Wales.
  • Aberystwyth University has pioneered a number of academic disciplines – drama, geography, international politics and Welsh were first taught to degree level at Aberystwyth.
  • The university has an international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research.
  • The university comprises 17 academic departments, grouped into 6 institutes: Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; Literature, Languages & Creative Arts; Geography, History, Politics and Psychology; Management, Law & Information Science; Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science; Education, Graduate & Professional Development.
  • Aberystwyth University is an integral part of the small friendly town of Aberystwyth and offers a unique student experience.

Location and Transport

  • Superbly located on the coast in central Wales, the university's campus enjoys spectacular views over the sea.
  • University buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are located within a short walk of each other and the town centre.
  • The railway station is located at the heart of Aberystwyth, providing easily accessible rail links to the Midlands and beyond.
  • Aberystwyth offers a unique combination of long academic tradition; outstandingly beautiful location, beneath the mountains and beside the sea; a centre of national and regional, cultural and commercial importance; a campus combining one of only 6 copyright libraries in Britain with a Beacon status Arts Centre and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • The town is located in the centre of the beautiful Cardigan Bay, with the Irish Sea to the west and the Cambrian Mountains to the east, offering the seaside as well as unspoilt mountainous countryside to enjoy. The town lies within the Dyfi Valley, a UNESCO Biosphere region, and there are several sites of special scientific interest in the area.

Entry Requirements

  • Aberystwyth University makes offers in terms of the specific grading systems of UK, EU and international qualifications.
  • We operate an inclusive admissions policy which means that all qualifications at a certain level will count towards your offer.
  • We recognise the individual nature of every application, and our published standard offers should be viewed only as a guide. Further information and advice can be obtained by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Our standard A level grade offers currently range from CCC–AAB for a wide range of honours degree subjects and CC–DDD for entry at foundation level.

Student Mix

The 9,835 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Domicile

  • UK 86%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Course Flexibility

  • Modular system provides a large degree of flexibility and choice.
  • Many programmes allow students to defer the choice of specialism until the second year.
  • Transfer between degree schemes is possible at the end of the first, and even in some cases, the second year, subject to passes in pre-requisite modules.
  • Some degrees offer vocational content or make a contribution towards professional qualifications.
  • Some degrees include industrial placements or work experience.
  • Modern language degrees include a year abroad in a country where the chosen language is spoken.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus scheme or one of our international exchange programmes. Students at Aberystwyth are also eligible for the Year in Employment scheme, which offers an extended work placement in the UK or abroad.
  • It is possible to enter directly or transfer into a 4-year Integrated Masters scheme.

Teaching Standards

  • Over 140 years excellence in teaching and research.
  • Many of our computer science, business and management, law and psychology courses are accredited. Some will also provide you with exemptions for professional examinations.
  • Teaching at Aberystwyth is research-informed and teachers are active in research and scholarship.
  • Modern e-learning techniques are widely used.

Research Standards

  • According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 95% of the university's research is of an internationally recognised standard or higher.
  • World leading research (4*) was identified in all 17 of the units of assessment submitted.

Academic Strengths

  • Drama, geography, international politics, maths, physics and Welsh were the first subjects to be taught at Aberystwyth University from its establishment in 1872. Since then the university has added to its highly regarded portfolio of courses and offers a broad portfolio of arts, science and humanities teaching across 17 departments.
  • Teaching is research-led and opportunities for the development of skills valued by employers are embedded into the curriculum. Many of our undergraduate degrees off unique opportunities to do intense research projects in the final year.
  • Employability is a growing strength, with on-campus work experience and training opportunities.
  • Teaching is supported and enhanced by modern e-learning techniques, including web-based materials, reading list software, Ebrary electronic book provision and video and audio lecture capture.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Library Services at Aberystwyth play a vital role in your learning by facilitating access to extensive collections and electronic resources required for your studies, and help and support from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. The libraries provide a variety of flexible learning spaces catering for groups and individual study. The Hugh Owen Library is open 24/7 during term time.
  • There are over 800 computers available for students use in locations across all campuses and some halls of residences. Some areas, including halls of residences and the Hugh Owen Library, are available 24/7. Wi-fi access is available across all university teaching and administrative buildings, including the arts centre, the libraries, the Students’ Union, halls of residence and some central outside spaces.
  • Students are provided with learning materials via the AberLearn Blackboard virtual learning environment. This includes lecture materials, online reading lists (using Talis Aspire) and lecture recordings. The university also has an e-submission policy with all word-processed work submitted online saving printing costs for students as well as cutting down on paper use.
  • The National Library of Wales, one of only 5 copyright libraries in Britain, is situated next to the campus. Students at Aberystwyth have free access to over 6 million books, manuscripts, maps and wealth of resources available in the library, which also hosts exhibitions and events.

Disability Services

  • We aim to provide all students with an experience of the highest quality, and to make our academic facilities available to all who meet our entrance requirements.
  • For disabled students, those with long standing health conditions or a specific learning difference (SpLD), Accessibility Services can arrange a variety of support such as one to one sessions with study tutors and/or mentors and note taking services, according to the students' requirements. We can advise on adapted accommodation, enabling technology and individual exam arrangements and also on the Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) application process pre and post entry.

Students' Union

  • Located at the heart of Penglais campus, the Students' Union provides a comprehensive range of welfare, social and sporting facilities.
  • It offers over 100 clubs and societies including surfing, paintball, debating and environmental amongst others.
  • Open all year round, you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat between lectures – choose from Starbucks, Stone Willy's pizza, tasty options from the Briwsion Bakery, and plenty of other hot food from the bar and Brynamlwg Tavern.
  • The entertainments team ensures you're never short of something to do, and organises weekly events.
  • The advice centre is run by a team of professional advisers, who can help you with a wide range of issues.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers Service provides a range of opportunities for part-time work in the area all listed on a comprehensive database of vacancies.
  • The AberTemps scheme offers a broad range of part-time and casual work opportunities specifically for our students across the entire University in a host of different roles and responsibilities.
  • The AberForward programme provides students with quality work experience opportunities over the summer period across all university departments and functions.
  • All students are fully supported in seeking and applying for opportunities, as well as in preparing for selection and interview processes via the Careers Service.

Careers Guidance

  • All students have access to one-to-one meetings with professional Careers Service staff via the drop-in service offering advice and information, or via booked full guidance appointments.
  • Guidance, advice and information is also offered within academic departments to support academic related questions, as well as careers development, and to respond to specific subject needs.
  • Lectures, presentations and workshops are delivered by Careers Service staff in all academic departments.
  • Workshops to enhance skills development and career choice are also offered centrally by the Careers Service, as well as by visiting employers and guest speakers.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New £45m student residence with 1000 beds, opened for students in 2015, offering larger en-suite rooms, and postgraduate studio accommodation. Central hub offers launderettes, bike stores, cafe and communal space for society activities and events.
  • Recently finished a £3m major investment programme to refurbish teaching facilities and spaces.
  • Over £4.5m recently invested at the Llanbadarn Centre to create a new business and professional environment for the School of Management and Business, Department of Law and Criminology, and Department of Information Studies. This has included refurbished lecture rooms, non-traditional teaching spaces, dedicated library, social areas and academic support areas.
  • The Mauritius Branch Campus, offering courses in business, accounting, finance, computer science, and law on our campus in Mauritius has accepted its first students.
  • Our new £40m Innovation and Enterprise Campus, which will focus on research in agriculture, food production and renewable energy;particularly creating an environment to enable collaboration with the business community is in design and will start on site early next year.
  • The £20m redevelopment of the university's iconic Old College on the seafront – initial proposals include cultural, exhibition spaces, visitor experience, artists' studios, and enhanced learning and social space for us and the community.
  • There is lots more to come including an updated Estates Strategy which is scoping out a further £150m capital spend over the next 10 years.

Notable Alumni

  • HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Lance Batchelor – Chief Executive Officer, Domino's Pizza
  • Dr Catherine Bishop – Olympic Medal Winning Rower
  • Alex Jones – presenter, the One Show
  • HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin ibni Tuanku Ja’afar – formerly Regent of the Malaysian State of Negri Sembilan
  • Rt Hon Carwyn Jones – First Minister of Wales
  • Yang di-Pertuan Besar (ruler) of the Malaysian State of Negri Sembilan
  • Dr Jan Pinkava – Oscar-winning director
  • Director Professor Frederick Soddy – Nobel prize-winning chemist
  • Baroness Kay Andrews – Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
  • Sharon Maguire – Film Director

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Address Aberystwyth University
Cledwyn Building
Penglais Campus
Aberystwyth
SY23 3DD
UCAS Code A40
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