• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.11 / 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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    80.3 / 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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    78.0 / 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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    89.6 / 100.0

Set on two beachfront campuses either side of Swansea's vibrant city centre, Swansea University offers students the perfect combination of study and seaside living. 5-star teaching excellence and an award-winning student experience make Swansea a desirable study destination for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university is proud to be in the UK top 30 for research excellence (REF 2014) and UK top 15 for student satisfaction (NSS 2016).

Entry Requirements

  • Average entry requirement BBB–AAB at A level or equivalent.
  • Integrated foundation programmes in Sciences and Engineering have lower requirements.
  • From 2017 each programme will have specific A level and GCSE requirements.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Undergraduate Courses

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Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a wide range of joint honours, and the Department of Adult Continuing Education offers part-time degrees.
  • The Colleges of Science and Engineering offer an Integrated Foundation Year for applicants without the necessary entry requirements to start a 3-year degree course.
  • All students can apply for work placements as part of the Swansea Employability Academic, but many degree programmes also have an integral year in industry/placement option.
  • There are many opportunities for students to study abroad as part of their degree scheme, either for a year or semester.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Support services include money advice and support office, mental health support, health centre, dentist, chaplains and mosque, the Academic Success programme and specialist tuition. The university scored 9 out of 10 for supporting gay students in Stonewall’s Gay By Degree 2015 guide.
  • IT facilities include free Wi-Fi, and MyUniHub services available on both campuses.

Disability Services

  • The university provides professional 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 mobility, visually and/or hearing impaired students.
  • Independent Assessment Centre for students accessing Disabled Students Allowance funding (DSA) and personal care support; appointments with an educational psychologist to assess for dyslexia and other SpLDs.
  • Adjustments can include 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.
  • A transcription service provides alternative accessible formats (braille, audio, large print, electronic text and tactile diagrams).

Students' Union

  • The union supports 120 societies and 50 sports clubs covering everything from politics to Quidditch. Students can also get involved with the media centre, on Xtreme Radio, SUTV, or The Waterfront magazine.
  • The union runs student bars and nightclubs, a travel shop offering trips around the UK and Europe, nursery, launderette and shops.
  • Profits are reinvested into improving the student experience, including supporting students through its Advice and Support Centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 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 Guidance

  • The university’s Employability Academy coordinates independent, professional careers guidance, work placements and a range of employer-led events including Entrepreneurship Week, My Employability Week and Get Ready for Work Week. 
  • October induction events and careers fairs at both campuses are followed by activities including workshops, recruiter Q&A sessions, mock interviews and speed networking. Work tasters and placements are provided through WoW (Week of Work), 4-week full or part-time paid internship SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network) and Santander Internships (3-month paid graduate level employment).
  • The Academy’s Employability Award supports the development of skills and attributes that employers look for and encourages students to develop leadership potential.
  • Students' charity Discovery has 300 volunteers involved in 40 projects and won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014.
  • 94.8% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (HESA, 2013–14), with 81.4% in professional level jobs.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%

Where students come from

  • UK 81%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 53%
  • Female 47%


  • Founded in 1920. In 1948 it became the first campus university in UK.
  • Welsh motto Gweddw crefft heb ei dawn (Skill is nothing without culture) points to long history of entwining science with the humanities, 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.

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.

Further Details

Address Swansea University – Singleton Campus
Singleton Park
UCAS Code S93