University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • 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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    3.99 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    2.39 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.12 / 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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    50.2 / 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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    51.2 / 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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    79.7 / 100.0


  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is one of the newest universities in the UK, yet it has a long and rich history. 
  • It was formed in 2010 by merging together the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, under Lampeter’s Royal Charter of 1828, combining the long histories of both institutions. 
  • In 2012 the former Swansea Metropolitan University joined the UWTSD family. The UWTSD Group also includes two FE colleges, Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion. 
  • The university has a centre for Welsh-medium performance in Cardiff, Canolfan Berfformio Cymru.  
  • Spread across distinctive campuses in south west Wales, with an international campus in London and an international Academy of Voice in Cardiff, the university offers a wide selection of courses in subjects as varied as tourism, sport, executive business management, engineering, health and social care, art and design, performing arts, media, education and humanities.
  • Each campus has its own unique character. UWTSD Lampeter and UWTSD Carmarthen are based in idyllic rural Wales, UWTSD Swansea is at the heart of a vibrant city by the sea, UWTSD has an international campus in London and, in Cardiff, there are two specialist performance centres, Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) and Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (CBC).

Location and Transport

  • The merged University of Wales Trinity Saint David has three main campuses in south west Wales (Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea) and two satellite campuses (an international campus in London, and an Academy of Voice in Cardiff). The university also has a centre dedicated to Welsh-medium performance in Cardiff, Canolfan Berfformio Cymru.
  • Carmarthen Campus, founded in 1848, offers a lively, friendly environment in this town near the Welsh coast. It has a real community feel and with accommodation, learning facilities, sports, entertainment and renowned arts and cultural activities all within a few hundred yards. Everything you’ll need is within easy reach.
  • The Lampeter campus is home to the first higher education institution in Wales, founded in 1822 with the third oldest Royal Charter of any university in Wales and England, after Oxford and Cambridge, dating back to 1828. Set in an idyllic rural location it is home to the university’s Faculty of Humanities, and provides a close-knit student experience in a supportive community environment.
  • Swansea Campus was founded in 1853. UWTSD Swansea has a reputation for innovative industry-led and career-driven programmes. They are delivered in Wales' premier waterfront city, with sport and leisure opportunities on its stunning coastline, excellent shopping and nightlife, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are good rail links to the city and easy access to the world-renowned Gower Peninsula.

Entry Requirements

  • We offer a wide range of courses at UWTSD and the entry requirements for each course can be found on our website.
  • UWTSD is a university that is dedicated to realising the potential of each individual student and to supporting students at all stages of their education.
  • Students are welcome to contact the university with any questions about entry requirements.

Student Mix

The 10,425 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 68%
  • Part Time 32%


  • UK 91%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

Course Flexibility

  • The university’s highly applied programmes are designed to lead directly to employment opportunities. 
  • Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are supplemented by a wide range of part-time flexible learning options. 
  • The university strives to be as accessible as possible to students and provides opportunities to study at times that suit learning needs.

Teaching Standards

  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, including the British Computer Society, Education Training Standards Wales (ETS) and the British Psychological Society.
  • Some also offer professional qualifications alongside the degree schemes such as Chartered IT Professional status, partial CEng accreditation and Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Research Standards

  • The university is committed to research that contributes to the economic vitality and regeneration of the region and is developing a reputation for working collaboratively with business, industry, government and other parties.
  • The university achieved a good result in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) with 47% of its research deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent. 60% of the University’s research impact is graded 4* and 3*, with submissions within Theology and Religious Studies and Art and Design first in the UK within their discipline league tables.

Academic Strengths

  • The university’s academic staff are leaders in their specialist fields. 
  • The main focus within the university’s portfolio is to provide applied courses leading to rewarding careers. The focus on employability is developed within the university’s unique Life Design scheme which has been developed to give students the chance to actively plot their own career in a creative way. 
  • Sustainability is embedded throughout the curriculum and is central to the university’s philosophy.

Within the university there are five faculties spread across our campuses:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Performance
  • Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
  • Faculty of Education and Communities
  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Art and Design

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The IT systems within the university give students access to the University Virtual Learning Environment, the World Wide Web and Microsoft Office 365. 
  • Throughout the university there are strategically located specialist IT suites which include PC and Apple Mac computers installed with cutting-edge and industry-standard software.
  • The Library and Learning Resources on offer on each campus are designed to enhance the experience for students on and off campus. With more than half-a-million books and 80,000 online journals students are able to gain a breadth of knowledge by studying at UWTSD.

Disability Services

  • The university is committed to inclusive education and to providing excellent support and facilities to all students. We welcome applications from all students from all backgrounds. 
  • Before and during your time as a student with us our team of dedicated staff across all campuses provide a wide range of advice, guidance and support to help make your student experience as good as it can possibly be.

Students' Union

  • Trinity Saint David Students' Union works on your behalf to help you make the most of your time at university.
  • As a student here you are automatically a member and you can join any of the SU's clubs and societies − or even start your own.
  • The Students' Union is a democratic organisation; you elect your student leaders and direct the work of the SU. There are plenty of opportunities for you to shape your own education and experience by becoming a course representative, standing for student council or running clubs and societies.
  • Your Students' Union stands up for your rights. The SU is in your corner if you need it and are having a tough time, but also there to make sure that you have the best time at university, socially and academically.
  • Getting involved in your Students' Union at UWTSD can enhance your university experience and help to unlock your potential.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There are a wide number of opportunities for students to gain part-time work within the university. There are openings for intern programmes and many students choose to act as ambassadors, providing support for central teams.
  • There are opportunities to gain part-time employment with local business and industry, depending on which study location you choose. The university has a clear focus on entrepreneurship and is well connected with employers.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers Service is available to all students and graduates of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From the day you arrive, and throughout your studies and beyond, our professionally qualified Careers Advisers are here all year round to support you in making informed decisions about your next steps and in maximising your potential and employability.

Our careers advisers are able to assist you with all aspects of career planning:

  • Choosing a career
  • Job-seeking strategies
  • Application procedures and CVs
  • Interview techniques
  • Work experience
  • Course changes
  • Further study options

The Careers Service also posts information about local and national job vacancies, careers-related events and various career paths on its Facebook page (University of Wales Trinity Saint David Careers Service) and on Twitter (@uwtsdcareers).

  • UWTSD was ranked #2 out of 46 institutions for Careers and Employability Service in the Global International Student Barometer and Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2015.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is investing in the creation of 21st-century teaching, research and development facilities. 
  • In 2014, the University opened its £14m ALEX Design Exchange, an international Institute of Sustainable Design in the heart of Swansea. 
  • Plans are also being developed to create a vibrant new £300m Waterfront Innovation Quarter in Swansea, combining education, business and industry, and research opportunities with sporting and social facilities, and student accommodation. Phase one of this exciting new development is expected to open in 2018 when UWTSD's Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering moves into its new home
  • In addition, UWTSD is enhancing its already strong reputation in the creative industries with the decision to move the headquarters of Welsh language broadcaster S4C to the university’s Carmarthen campus. The project is due to be completed in 2018.

Notable Alumni

  • Barry John, former Welsh rugby international.
  • Stuart Burrows, tenor.
  • Sarra Elgan Easterby, television presenter.
  • Jules Hudson, television presenter.
  • Pete Paphides, journalist.
  • Juliette Forster, journalist and television presenter.
  • Rachel Whitty, Service Improvement Specialist Sales to Cash at John Lewis, Partnership Services Division, John Lewis Partnership.
  • Pene Pati, Amitai Pati and Moses Mackay, members of popular classical group Sol3 Mio.

Further Details

Address University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Carmarthen Campus
SA31 3EP
UCAS Code T80