Swansea University

Swansea University

If you are looking for one of the best places in the UK to connect studying and living then Swansea University is a great place to broaden your horizons!

Swansea UniversitySwansea is a traditional, internationally respected research-led university which has been given a big thumbs up by its students, past and present.

“We aim to deliver an outstanding student experience that provides a lifetime of fantastic memories, matched by courses which equip you with high-level skills and boost your employability.” Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor

Swansea University has seven Academic Colleges: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, Medicine, School of Management, Human and Health Science and the College of Law, offering hundreds of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research degrees.

 World-Leading Research:

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show Swansea University has achieved its ambition to be a top 30 research University, soaring up to the league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008. This is the largest climb up the rankings of any research-intensive University in the UK.

For the first time, REF judged universities on the effect their research has on the wider world. Ninety per cent of Swansea research was judged to be internationally excellent in its impact, demonstrating the its contribution to the city region, the Welsh economy, and internationally.

In the 2009/10 academic year, the University attracted research grants totalling £65 Million, eclipsing its previous annual average of £19 Million. The major projects that have attracted investment to Swansea and south west Wales are:

  • Institute of Life Science Phase 2
  • Centre for Nano Health
  • Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development.

Swansea bay quality of life

A vibrant student city, Swansea has it all. From a thriving cultural and sporting scene to awesome night life, stunning coastal scenery, tranquil parks, great shopping and the best of modern city living. Swansea offers also a unique landscape with wonderful beaches. It is the ideal place to build for the future. Also, Swansea is listed as one of the UK’s Top 10 Universities for quality of life. (Lloyds TSB University Quality of Life Survey)

Student Population

Swansea University alone has over 15,000 students from all over the world. The total student population is around 13,700 under graduates of which 55% are females and 45% are male. Postgraduate Students average around 2,200. Around 2,000 international students in Swansea University come from 120 different countries all over the world. The University also has links with more than 100 partner universities to enable its students to study abroad.


International links:

Swansea’s multicultural campus community and international links gives students opportunities to develop a global perspective and skills that will last a lifetime. For more information click here.

International Programmes offer a global perspective:

Swansea University students are given the opportunity of a lifetime to take part in visits to China, the US, or India on study and work programmes. The month-long programmes form part of the University’s internationalisation strategy, which aims to enhance the student experience, improve career prospects and develop international links.

“I took part in the Colorado programme and, well, what can I say? It has definitely got to be one of my best experiences so far. I had the time of my life, made some really good friends, and some good connections that will possibly help me in the future! I am so glad that I went.”

Lucy Brown, Media Studies and French student – Swansea University Prospectus

Swansea University’s French Connection:

Swansea University has signed the first major strategic partnership agreement between a UK and a French higher education institution. Swansea University believes its French connection with Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble will boost pioneering research in areas such as medicine, computer science and energy. The agreement will also lead to new opportunities for students to spend time studying overseas, and some students could get a joint Swansea University-Grenoble degree. Also, next year, Université Joseph Fourier will merge with other Grenoble-based universities and research centres to create a super university called the Université Grenoble Alpes.
The greater Grenoble area has the largest concentration of Research and Development facilities and researchers in France outside Paris. It is a thriving knowledge economy city with more than 10% of employees working in research-related jobs and innovation spin-offs. A Swansea University spokesman said: “This will extend Swansea’s collaboration out to Engineering, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences.”

Student views:

“Swansea is an amazing place to live and study. Aside from the beach and areas around Gower known for their outstanding natural beauty, the town itself has loads to offer, with everything from a local market to fantastic night life. Swansea University employs some of the leading active researchers in a range of fields. This means lecture material is up-to-date and delivered in a dynamic and passionate way, as well as allowing students to access some of the most recent, relevant and exciting discoveries.”

Jessica Stokes, BSc Biology, Swansea University Prospectus

“There is so much going on in Swansea that you’ll never have a chance to be bored! Aside from the nightlife (which Swansea is famous for), there are loads of great shops and restaurants nearby and the Gower is only a bus ride away with its stunning beaches and scenery. There are also a number of local events that go on throughout the year, including a number of music events in Singleton Park and the Mumbles Raft Race.”

Kathryn Davies, LLB LAW,  Swansea University Prospectus