Swansea University is set on two beachfront campuses either side of Swansea's bustling city centre, offering students the perfect combination of study and seaside living. The university provides outstanding teaching, learning and positive outcomes for its students (awarded a gold rating, TEF 2018).

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


On the coast, near the sea


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: S93

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

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

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.09 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

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

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    3.09 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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    0.71 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

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

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    82.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the university.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    77.8 / 100.0
  • 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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    90.1 / 100.0

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 82%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Services and Facilities


  • Swansea University libraries offer a comfortable, spacious environment with the latest facilities and technology for learning and research. 
  • Friendly, professional staff provide a continually expanding range of support, training and subject services to ensure that all library users make the best use of the available resources.

Student jobs

  • Swansea Employability Academy links students with part-time jobs and work experience, as well as graduate prospects.
  • 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.

Careers advice

  • The university’s 'My Career Journey' supports all students to develop the skills, attributes and leadership potential that employers look for. It informs the activities of the Employability Academy and programmes in the academic colleges, which include careers fairs, recruiter-led Q and A sessions, mock interviews and a range of work tasters, placements and internships across the UK and internationally, supported through bursaries and employer match-funding.
  • In partnership with the Students' Union, the Employability Academy supports and offers funding for student-led employer engagement activities, ranging from alumni talks, 'meet the employer' sessions to 'Dragon's Den' pitches and business visits.
  • In the 'Teaching Excellence Framework' the university achieved consistently outstanding outcomes for students of all backgrounds with regards to highly skilled employment or further study (TEF Statement of Findings June 2018).

Health services

  • Swansea offers a range of health and welfare support services, including a Health Centre and Dentist located at the Singleton campus.

Counselling services

  • Welfare@CampusLife provides practical advice and support on many different welfare issues concerning students.
  • The university's Well-being Service provides a range of services, including counselling and mental health support. The counselling service is free of charge to all Swansea University enrolled students.

Disability support

  • The university provides guidance for disabled students and those with specific needs or medical conditions from the point of application to graduation.
  • Accommodation is adapted for wheelchair users and for mobility, visually and/or hearing impaired students.
  • Assessments includes an Independent Assessment Centre for students accessing Disabled Students Allowance funding (DSA) and personal care support; and appointments with an educational psychologist to assess for dyslexia and other specific learning differences.
  • Adjustments can include alternative provision for exams such as extra time or the use of a PC; or access to support for students who have been recommended note takers, readers and specialist help to study.
  • A transcription service provides alternative accessible formats (Braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams).

Other services and facilities

  • Other support services include money advice and support office, chaplains and mosque, the Academic Success programme and specialist tuition.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports 120 societies and 50 sports clubs, from Ultimate Frisbee to Baking Appreciation. Students can also get involved with the media centre, on Xtreme Radio, SUTV, or The Waterfront magazine.
  • The union operates three student bars, four shops, a travel shop offering trips around the UK and Europe, a nursery and a launderette; and also runs over 280 events for students every year.
  • Profits are reinvested into improving the student experience, including supporting students through its Advice and Support Centre.


  • The university's Welsh motto, Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn (Skill is nothing without culture), points to a long history of entwining science with the humanities and academia with industry.
  • In 2015 a new beachfront science and innovation campus opened, housing the College of Engineering and School of Management. Its Great Hall seats 700, and from the library there are views across Crymlyn Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Fascinating Fact

  • Founded in 1920 by industry, Swansea University became the UK’s first campus university in 1948.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Edward George 'Taffy' Bowen – a major contributor to the development of radar, so helping win the Battle of Britain.
  • Sir Terry Matthews – telecommunications pioneer, owner of Celtic Manor Resort and Wales's first billionaire.
  • Dr Lyn Evans CBE – leader of the international project to build CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
  • Dame Jean Olwen Thomas – first female Master, St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • Colin Pillinger CBE – planetary scientist of Beagle probe fame.


Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales, SA2 8PP