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Aberystwyth University

2016 League Table Ranking 86
2016 Overall Score 569
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Entry Standards 310 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.84 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 819 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.92 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 485 Help
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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Graduate Prospects 52.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 65.1 Help
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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Green Score 25.1 Help
Green Score
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  • 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 18 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.

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.

Entry Standards

  • Aberystwyth University makes offers both in terms of the UCAS tariff and specific grading systems of other (non-tariff) UK, EU and international qualifications.
  • We operate an inclusive admissions policy which means that all qualifications included in the tariff will count towards your offer. If your qualification is not in the tariff system, then all qualifications of an equivalent standard will count towards your offer.
  • Our standard tariff points offers currently range from 120 to 160 points for a foundation degree, and 250–360 points for a wide range of honours degree subjects.
  • If your qualifications are not in the UCAS tariff system, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and details of what scores and grades you are likely to be asked to achieve. A wide range of other qualifications are accepted.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • For 2017 entry and beyond, Aberystwyth University intends both to use the new UCAS tariff, for appropriate qualifications, and to continue welcoming and encouraging qualifications that are not in the tariff, from the UK, EU and rest of the world.
  • We will continue to operate an inclusive admissions policy which values breadth as well as depth of study, and allows candidates to use all qualifications at an acceptable level towards meeting the terms of their offer.

Student Mix

The 11,170 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

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.
  • European 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.

Teaching Standards

  • Over 140 years excellence in teaching and research.
  • Aberystwyth is amongst the top 200 universities in the world for agriculture, English, geography and politics, in the World QS Rankings 2014.
  • Many of our computer science, business and management, law and psychology courses are accredited. Some will also provide you professional exemption.

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, established in 1872.
  • Our equine and agriculture courses have also been taught here for many years, and graduates of Aberystwyth in these courses are held in very high regards in their industries.
  • The university is also well-respected for computer science, history, psychology, and theatre, film and television studies.
  • The university has a commitment to lifelong learning and offers a large number of general interest courses, which may be taken alongside your degree if you wish.

Student Facilities

  • University libraries with over 845,000 books and journals, and access to over 45,000 periodicals. Over 750 PCs available on 24-hour access. There are spaces for both individual and group study, and students have access to a wide range of e-resources.
  • The National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in Britain, is next door to the campus, and offers 6 million books, manuscripts, maps and a wealth of resources. It also hosts exhibitions and events.
  • Our brand new residence offers 1000 new student rooms, which are bigger in size than any previously offered by the university. In the new Fferm Penglais, there's also a central hub which provides a range of facilities, including laundrettes, bike storage, a communal space for clubs and societies, and a cafe. All rooms in all of our halls offer internet access (included in our accommodation fees), and the campuses are Wi-Fi enabled.

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.
  • If you would like further information about our support provision or have specific questions, please contact us by email on or phone us on 01970 621761.

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 berween lectures – choose from Starbucks, Stone Willy's pizza, tasty options from the Bakery, and plenty of other hot food from the bar and the Underground deli and cafe.
  • 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


  • Our on-campus Sports Centre provides a range of fitness and well-being activities. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, spinning studio, dance room, 48 acres of sports pitches, floodlit 3G pitch, 400-metre 2-lane running track, an indoor climbing wall, and much more.
  • The coastal location provides superb opportunities for outdoor sports, mountain biking and water sports.
  • Students can compete at BUCS league level, or enjoy the range of fitness classes available, which cater for all levels of ability.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New £45m student residence, opened for students in 2015, offering larger en-suite rooms, and postgraduate studio accommodation. Central hub offers laundresttes, bike stores, cafe and communal space for society activities and events.
  • Recent 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.
  • Still to come, a £40m Innovation and Enterprise Campus, which will focus on research in agriculture, food production and renewable energy; the Mauritius Branch Campus, offering courses in business, accounting, finance, computer science, and law on our campus in Mauritius; and the £20m redevelopment of the university's iconic Old College on the seafront – initial proposals include postgraduate study centre, artists' studios, and exhibition spaces.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's Job Link scheme provides a range of opportunities for part-time work in the area.
  • There are plenty of opportunities for students to work casually within their department, and for the university.
  • There is no shortage of part-time work, provided students are flexible and offer relevant skills, and our vacancy database is available to registered students.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers Service offers you individual one-to-one support and advice on your careers options and opportunities.
  • The service works closely with departments to organise visiting lectures, and employee contact to enhance and develop your employability and industry contacts.
  • Aberystwyth University also offers an unique Year in Employment Scheme, where you can take a year's paid employment in the UK or abroad, and return to complete your studies as if you haven't been away.
  • Students who have taken part say they return to their studies with renewed vigour and benefit even more from their final year of study. Many have also secured employment upon graduation, as a result of their participation in the scheme.

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


For further information

  • +44 (0)1970 623 111
  • Aberystwyth University
    Student Welcome Centre
    Penglais Campus
    SY23 3FB
UCAS Code A40

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