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Swansea University

2016 League Table Ranking 45
2016 Overall Score 710
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Entry Standards 325 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.09 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,256 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 4.01 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 408 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 78.7 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 89.7 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 74.4 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 65.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1920. In 1948 it became the first campus university in UK.
  • Motto “Skill is bereft without culture” points to long history of entwining science with the humanities, academia with industry.
  • In 1921 Professor Mary Williams was the first woman in the UK to be appointed to a university chair.
  • Kingsley Amis wrote Lucky Jim while lecturing in Swansea in 1954.
  • In 1967 Professor Olak Zienkiewicz revolutionised engineering with his paper The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics.

Location and Transport

  • Two coastal campuses three hours from London direct by rail and just off the M4.
  • 46-acre Singleton Park campus, in parkland two miles from city centre, houses the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Human and Health Sciences, Medicine, Science and Law.
  • 65-acre beachfront science and innovation Bay Campus, opening September 2015, is three miles from the centre. Home to the College of Engineering and School of Management.
  • In UK Top 10 for quality of life (Lloyds TSB University Survey, 2014). First Class Award in People and Planet's Green League 2014.
  • Nearby Gower peninsula is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Brecon Beacons has international dark sky reserve status.

Entry Standards

  • Average entry requirement BBB–AAB or equivalent.
  • Integrated foundation programmes in Sciences and Engineering have lower requirements.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • From 2017 each programme will have specific A-level and GCSE requirements, visit for updates.

Student Mix

The 14,820 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • Wide range of joint honours.
  • Department of Adult Continuing Education offers part-time degrees with online modules.
  • All students offered the chance to study abroad for a year. Example degree courses include BSc Geography with European Studies and BSc Physics with a Year Abroad.
  • On many degree programmes students are sent to Europe on work placements through the Erasmus scheme or to the USA on internships.
  • The College of Science offers an Integrated Foundation Year for applicants without the necessary entry requirements to start a three-year degree course.

Teaching Standards

  • Top 5-star rating for Teaching/ World Top 200 (QS global university ratings system).
  • 89% of students satisfied with overall student and teaching experience (National Student Survey, 2014).
  • First for student satisfaction in Human and Social Geography, Physical Geography and Environmental Science, Historical and Philosophical Studies and Social Work (NSS, 2014).
  • In the UK’s top 10 for student satisfaction in Computer Science, Mathematics and Zoology (NSS, 2014).

Research Standards

  • Ranked 26th in the UK for research excellence in REF 2014 which looked at the work of nearly 400 staff across 18 subject areas.
  • A third of research now classed as world-leading, 90 per cent as internationally excellent across all disciplines.
  • Ranked 22nd in the UK for delivering research that has genuine impact on global issues.
  • Athena SWAN Bronze award for advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.
  • Research income in 2013–14 exceeded £55 million.

Academic Strengths

  • Knowledge economy clusters in Advanced Engineering, Information Communication Technology, Medical Engineering and Bioscience.
  • One of the first universities to issue an electronic Higher Education Achievement Report to students.
  • All students are given an internally recognised Diploma Supplement and academic transcript.
  • In Medicine, Law, and Health and Human Sciences, teaching staff are active practitioners. Some courses lead to professional accreditation, for example Engineering, Law and Psychology.
  • Commended by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for enhancing student learning opportunities.

Student Facilities

  • Top 5 star rating for Facilities and Engagement in QS Stars global university ratings system.
  • Nine out of 10 for supporting gay students in Stonewall’s Gay By Degree 2015 guide.
  • Services include Money Advice and Support Office, Student Counselling, Health Centre, Dentist, Chaplains and Mosque, Academic Success Programme, Specialist Tuition and Residential Services.
  • Taliesin Arts Centre on Singleton Park campus, Great Hall on Bay Campus.

Disability Services

  • Professional guidance for disabled students and those with specific needs or medical conditions from the point of application to graduation.
  • Excellent facilities including adapted accommodation; advice on Disabled Students Allowance funding (DSA) and personal care support.
  • Alternative provision for exams such as extra time or the use of a PC; Access to support for students who have been recommended note-takers, readers and specialist help to study.
  • Independent Assessment Centre for students accessing DSA; appointments with an educational psychologist to assess for dyslexia and other SpLDs.
  • Transcription service which provides alternative accessible formats (braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams).
  • Email; telephone (01792) 602000;

Students' Union

  • Voted second in the Student Union category of the Student Choice Awards 2014 and third for Clubs and Societies.
  • The Union supports more than 140 student clubs and societies covering everything from political societies to cult TV
    • The Union runs student bars and nightclubs, a Travel Shop offering trips around the UK and Europe, a radio station, nursery, launderette and shops.
  • Profits are reinvested into improving the student experience, including supporting students through its Advice and Support Centre.
  • The Athletics Union caters for sports from rugby, hockey and Ultimate Frisbee.


  • £20 million International Sports Village includes an eight-lane track and training centre, rugby and soccer fields, two artificial hockey pitches, sports hall, tennis and squash courts, a climbing wall, spin room and the 50m Wales National Pool which in 2014 hosted the IPC Athletics European Championships.
  • The £1.4 million 360 Beach and Water Sports Centre is the only University-operated centre of its kind in the UK and a five-minute walk from Singleton Campus.
  • Sports Science leapt from 40th to 5th in last year’s Guardian University Guide. The department has links with the Swans, Ospreys and Wales athletes and has helped launch international careers.
  • Swansea is in the top quarter of the British University’s sporting leagues. The Welsh Varsity tournament versus Cardiff last year attracting 18,000 students to the Millennium Stadium.
  • Many sporting scholarships are on offer. Former scholars include Alun Wyn Jones, Georgia Davies, Liz Johnson and Dave Smith.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In September 2015 doors open on the £450 million 65-acre beachfront science and innovation Bay Campus.
  • The Bay Campus will initially house the College of Engineering and School of Management, a Great Hall seating 800 and a library offering views over a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Collaborations moving into new buildings include the UK’s first Energy Safety Research Institute supported by several energy companies and the Institute of Structural Materials, home to the University Technology Centre for Rolls Royce materials testing.
  • In summer 2015 on the Singleton Park campus the £9.3 million Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and the £8 million Administrative Data Research Centre Wales will open allowing researchers and NHS and industry staff to work together on a suite of supercomputers.
  • Other recent projects include the £80m Institute of Life Science, the £21.6 million Centre for NanoHealth and a state-of-the-art facility to house the Richard Burton Archives.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Students’ Union offers a wide range of part-time jobs to fit around studies including retail and bar work, Welsh translation and events promotion.
  • The University provides work tasters for students and recent graduates during WoW (Week of Work), four-week full or part-time paid internships as part of SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) and Santander Internships (three-month paid graduate level employment).
  • All vacancies are managed by dedicated placement officers who prepare and assess student applicants through master classes and assessment centre interviews.
  • As part of the University’s Employability Week more than 100 students were placed with a range of large employers and SMEs.
  • Students’ charity Discovery has 300 volunteers involved in 40 projects and won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.

Careers Guidance

  • 93.7 % of graduates in employment or further study (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey).
  • 4 star rating for employability (QS Stars global university ratings).
  • Each College has a Director of Employability working with Swansea University Employability Academy.
  • Qualified Careers Advisers help students work towards extra-curricular awards such as the Swansea University Employability Award.

Notable Alumni

  • Edward George "Taffy" Bowen (Physics, 1930) who made a major contribution to the development of radar and so helped win the Battle of Britain.
  • Sir Terry Matthews (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1969) telecommunications pioneer, owner of Celtic Manor Resort and Wales’s first billionaire.
  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE (Physics, 1970) who led the international project to build CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas (BSc and PhD Chemistry 1964/1967) First female Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • Colin Pillinger CBE (BSc and a PhD in Chemistry) planetary scientist of Beagle probe fame.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1792 205678
  • Swansea University
    Singleton Park
    SA2 8PP
UCAS Code S93

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