Swansea University

2015 League Table Ranking 42
2015 Overall Score 714
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Entry Standards 338 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.43 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,177 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 4.00 Help
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 360 Help
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Graduate Prospects 77.3 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 90.1 Help
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Good Honours 70.7 Help
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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 42.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Founded in 1920. A vibrant, research-led university at the forefront of academic and scientific discovery.
  • Site improvements and developments have consistently met students' changing needs.
  • Cutting-edge facilities such as the Institute of Life Science, Centre for NanoHealth, Centres for Sustainable Aquaculture Research and a suite of supercomputers make Swansea one of the UK's premier research-intensive universities.

Location and Transport

  • Situated in stunning parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower peninsula.
  • Gower was the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, comprising 21 beaches for sport, leisure and natural research.
  • Good road and rail links.

Entry Standards

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

Student Mix

The 14820 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
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Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • The University offers a wide range of joint honours schemes which are delivered via a modular curriculum.
  • Applications welcomed from potential part-time students and the University encourages a flexible approach to study.
  • The Department of Continuing Adult Education offers a specific part-time degree scheme, with the opportunity to study modules online.

Teaching Standards

  • 84% of Swansea’s students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey 2010).
  • The University encourages all students to take advantage of opportunities to study and work abroad as part of their degree schemes and supports programmes in China, India, the USA and Europe.

Research Standards

  • The University’s College of Engineering has continued to demonstrate that it is one of the UK’s leading colleges with the announcement of more than £50 million in research and training funding from Rolls-Royce and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) at a national level, with Swansea part of a three-way collaboration with Cambridge and Birmingham Universities.
  • The College has also secured £20-million funding for the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC), which aims to transform buildings into 'power stations' through the rapid commercialisation of functional coatings on steel and glass in the areas of energy capture, storage and release. SPECIFIC will generate a portfolio of products which, by 2020, will generate over one third of the UK's requirement for renewable energy.
  • Other recent initiatives include the £21.6-million Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) which is located in the newly opened Phase II of the Institute of Life Science, and the opening of a £1.2-million state-of-the-art archive facility at Swansea University's library building to house the Richard Burton archives.

Academic Strengths

  • The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise revealed that Swansea had the largest increase in world-leading and internationally excellent research in the whole of the UK. Swansea has also won awards for the best student experience in the UK and is regularly among the best performers in the National Student Survey. In the most recent Survey, Biological Sciences, Civil and Chemical Engineering, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Law, and Sports Science scored particularly high levels of satisfaction.
  • In the 2009–10 academic year, the University attracted research grants totalling £65 million, eclipsing its previous annual average of £19 million.

Student Facilities

  • More than 1,850 PCs available for student use across the campus and other sites
  • All University-owned student residences on campus are wireless-enabled.
  • Integrated student services including student financial aid, international student advice, Disability Office and Student Counselling Service. Also the Careers and Employability Service, Health Centre, Dentist, Chaplains, Mosque, SU Advice Centre. Excellent facilities and support for disabled students (including adapted accommodation; assessment of needs service; dyslexia assessment and support; IT training; support for students with mental health problems; Recording for the Blind Centre on campus).
  • Swansea University is one of the first universities to issue an electronic Higher Education Achievement Report to its students and all students are given an internally recognised Diploma Supplement and academic transcript

Students' Union

  • The Union is a democratic organisation offering a substantial range of services and benefits to its members.
  • SU building with shop, travel centre, launderette, radio station, bar.
  • These include the provision of commercial services and a varied entertainments programme plus a professional advice and casework service.
  • The Union supports a wide variety of student clubs and societies with everything from political societies to cult TV.


  • A true sporting university, Swansea offers superb facilities a five minute walk from the main campus.
  • The University’s £20-million Sports Village includes a 50-metre pool and warm-up pool.  The Wales National Pool Swansea is one of only five facilities in the UK to be awarded Intensive Training Centre status. Other facilities attract top performers and include: a double hall sports hall, climbing wall, fitness centre, spin room, studio, three squash courts, a physiotherapy service and sports therapy/sports massage; outdoors, six tennis courts, rugby and soccer fields, eight-lane athletics track; indoor athletics training centre and two water based artificial hockey pitches. There are a further 20 acres of sports fields four miles away. The location is ideal for water-based and other outdoor activities and there are activity programmes for all ability levels.
  • Sports Scholarships, worth £3,000 over the duration of a degree, are awarded to talented young men and women who have the potential to become world-class.
  • Sports Science has helped launch a number of inspiring international careers.
  • The Athletics Union caters for sports like rugby and netball to sailing and sub aqua to martial arts.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Construction has started on a new £250m science and innovation campus (the largest of its kind in Europe), on a 65 acre site right on the beach on the eastern approach into Swansea. The first phase of this Bay Campus will open in September 2015 and house the College of Engineering and School of Management plus student residences, a great hall containing lecture and auditorium facilities, a Learning Resource Centre and extensive Engineering Quarter.
  • The Bay Campus will adopt a business-facing, open-innovation model by co-locating industry and academia not only on the same site but in the same buildings to foster applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. It will make a major contribution to the educational and economic life of Wales and transform the community it serves by delivering sustainable wealth creation, world-class educational opportunities, and an excellent lifestyle and environment.
  • The development programme also includes the transformation of the Singleton Campus and sale of Hendrefoilan Student Village.
  • The second phase of the £52-m Institute of Life Science (ILS) was opened in 2011 and is a further landmark development for the university.
  • Digital Technium is a state-of-the-art £4.3-m building on campus and is part of the Wales-wide Technium network.
  • One of the most important recent developments has been the opening of the College of Medicine and the subsequent development of a full four-year graduate entry medical degree, launched in 2009. The degree is linked to a new NHS University Health Board and the £50-million Institute of Life Science.
  • Other recent initiatives include the opening of a £21.6-m Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) which is located on the ILS Phase II building, and the opening of a £1.2-m state-of-the-art archive facility at Swansea University's library building to house the Richard Burton Archives.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers and Employability Service at the University has a database of more than 50 vacancies at any one time.
  • The Careers and Employability Service also handles vacancies for the Students' Union and casual work for departments throughout the University. The vacancies database usually has 150+ vacancies for graduate, part-time and work experience.
    GOWales provide project-based work in smaller companies, charitable and public sector bodies based in Wales with competitive pay.
    91% of Swansea University graduates are in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2009–10).
  • The University’s curriculum is developed in conjunction with employers thus facilitating the introduction of leading edge technology to teaching programmes.  Significant local employers are represented on School curriculum boards, so that they can input directly into module and programme design.
  • Within the College of Engineering for example, a number of initiatives are in place to increase employability and productivity in key sectors:
  • The College is a member of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre which engages research students in cutting edge practical research.  
  • The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating works closely with companies in various supply chains, including ink, substrate and machinery suppliers.
  • The Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership supplies demand-led flexible credit based training, addressing higher level skills gaps to equip workers with the expertise in new technology essential for increasing productivity, minimising environmental impact and with the capacity to develop novel products essential for the creation of a sustainable Welsh Steel Industry.
  • In other areas of the University such as Medicine, Law, and Health and Human Sciences, University staff are active practitioners, also working for leading employers. Some courses lead to professional accreditation, for example in Engineering, Law and Psychology.
  • ITWales, launched in 1993 is the industrial liaison unit of the Computer Science Department at Swansea University. ITWales acts as an important bridge between Industry and the University, particularly by running industrial placements that enable students to gain valuable experience in solving real-world problems as well as making progress in their own studies.
  • The University aims to provide students with the scope to work in a global environment and currently has in place summer study programmes in India, China and the Gambia, and internship programmes in the USA. The University is a participant in the Erasmus work placement scheme and this year has sent 51 students on work placements throughout Europe. These placements form an integral part of their degrees. The students are working in a range of different placements covering translation, teaching, engineering and sales, at companies throughout Europe including Volkswagen and Bosch in Germany.
  • Many Swansea University degree programmes offer the opportunity for students to take part in work placements, and each College has an employability champion, co-ordinated by the new Swansea University Employability Academy. Students are encouraged to work towards the Swansea University Employability Award which recognises and records employability activities.

Notable Alumni

  • Sir Terry Matthews (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1969)
    Pioneer in the field of telecommunications, owner of the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport and Wales’s first billionaire.
  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE (Physics, 1970)
    Led the international project to build CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s highest energy particle accelerator, from its inception through to its start-up on 10 September 2008.
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas (BSc & PhD Chemistry 1964/1967)
    Currently Professor of Macromolecular Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. First female Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • Sylvia Heal (Economics, 1968)
    Member of Parliament for Halesowen and Rowley Regis from 1997 to 2010 (Labour). Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons until her retirement in 2000.
  • Nicky Wire (Politics, 1990)
    Member of the Manic Street Preachers who have had eight top ten albums and fifteen top ten singles.
  • Mavis Nicholson (English, 1951).
    Writer and television broadcaster.
  • Liam Dutton (Geography, 2002)
    Weather presenter for Channel 4 News
  • Liz Johnson (Business Management and Finance, 2007)
    Won Gold medal at Beijing Paralympics in swimming.
  • Alun Wyn Jones (Law, 2010)
    Wales International Rugby player and Ospreys.
  • Renee Godfrey (Economic Anthropology, 2003)
    Four times Wales champion surfer.
  • Daniel Caines (Law, 2001)
    Came 5th in the Sydney Olympics 400m relay.
  • Jason Mohammad (Politics and Welsh, 1996), radio and televion presenter.
  • Dave Cornthwaite (International Development Studies, 2004), world record-breaking adventurer, author and motivational speaker.

For further information

  • www.swansea.ac.uk
  • admissions@swansea.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1792 205678
  • Swansea University
    Singleton Park
    SA2 8PP
UCAS Code S93

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