Swansea University

Swansea University

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Top reasons to study here

  • World-class research – 26th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Excellent teaching – awarded highest 5 star rating by QS
  • Location – right on the beach!

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (58)
Medicine & Health (52)
Engineering & Technology (44)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)



Swansea University was founded in 1920 and has been offering postgraduate courses from the very beginning. An emphasis on equality and progressive thinking has always been a strong feature of the University, as evidenced by the appointment of the UK’s first female Chair in 1921. Swansea has also enjoyed close links with industry throughout its history, giving us a proven track record of offering vocationally relevant courses which give you the knowledge and skills employers demand.


We offer postgraduate taught and research degrees across each of our seven Academic Colleges:

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human and Health Sciences
  • College of Law & Criminology
  • College of Law
  • College of Science
  • School of Management
  • Swansea University Medical School

Our teaching has been awarded the highest 5 star rating in the QS Stars quality assessment. This places us amongst other world-leading institutions who have also achieved 5 stars, such as Harvard and Oxford.


Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014). We deliver world leading and internationally excellent research across all disciplines. We attract some of the world's best academics, providing a vibrant and dynamic environment in which to study and ensuring you are involved in an exciting academic community of cutting-edge research and innovation.


Swansea University is ranked 15th in the UK and top in Wales for producing global graduates capable of entering graduate level further study or securing a professional level position within six months of graduating.

From the moment you arrive in Swansea, specialist staff in Careers and Employability will help you plan and prepare for your future. They will help you identify and develop skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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401 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Our award-winning Student Services team provide a wide range of support services to help you achieve your best, including:

  • Wellbeing  services
  • Money advice and support
  • Disability support
  • International Student Advisory Service

Housing services

We offer multiple accommodation options for postgraduate students. There are designated postgraduate rooms in several of our halls of residence, both on and off campus. We also have a residence in the popular Uplands area of the city that is just for postgraduate and international students. The University’s own lettings agency can help you find good quality accommodation in the city, including University-managed properties with student-friendly contracts. We even run a house-hunting event for postgraduate students every August to help you find the perfect housemates! Swansea benefits from low rental costs compared with many university cities, so you can be confident of finding accommodation to suit your budget

Library services

The University’s libraries hold over 800,000 books and periodicals, 35,000 electronic journals, and over 120,000 electronic books. Open for over 118 hours a week, postgraduate students benefit from:

  • Extended borrowing
  • Dedicated postgraduate study areas
  • Specialist subject librarians

ICT services

All students have access to the University’s WIFI network, web based email and University intranet.

There are 450 PCs available for you to use in the Singleton Park Campus Library, with additional computing facilities available at the Bay Campus Library. Several departments also provide postgraduate-only study rooms with PCs.

Medical services

We have a doctor’s surgery, dental practice, osteopathy clinic and audiology clinic on our Singleton Park Campus. Swansea University students are also eligible to register with local NHS doctors and dentists.

Student Life

Campus life

Swansea University has two campuses, both of which overlook the sandy beach of Swansea Bay.

Singleton Park Campus is located to the west of the city centre and is home to our Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Human and Health Sciences, Law, Science, and the Swansea University Medical School. The Students’ Union is also based here and there are a range of shops, cafes, bars, and a theatre/cinema.

The Campus is surrounded by parkland, just 5 minutes from the beach, and is only a short walk away from numerous bars and restaurants. Our brand new £450 million Bay Campus opened in September 2015 and is located to the east of the city centre. There is a supermarket, sports hall and gym, as well as cafes and a bar.

Sports facilities

Swansea University’s first class sports facilities include: the Wales National Pool, three sports halls, two astro pitches, an indoor and outdoor running track, fitness and power gyms, spin studios and physiotherapy facilities. The 360 Beach and Watersports Centre, located on Swansea Bay, offers activities such as beach volleyball, kayaking and kite surfing. Swansea also has an outstanding natural environment for sports lovers – enjoy sailing in Swansea Bay, rowing on the River Tawe, surfing at a Gower beach or mountain biking across Swansea’s rugged hills.

Student clubs

Swansea Universityhas a strong campus-based student community. From visual arts topoker; real ale to gospel, the Students' Union most likely has the perfect society for you -and if it doesn't, the Union makes it easy for you to start your own!

Joining a club or society is a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends. It can also give you valuable transferable skills for gaining future employment -especially if you take a lead role in the running of the group.


ELTS is accredited by BALEAP and the British Council plus is also a member of a number of important professional organisations linked to English Language Teaching. Our staff regularly attend training events and a number are speakers at conferences and professional interest meetings. We are also very proud to be part of a university which in 2014 was voted by students as the University of the Year.

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