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

  • Our students are at the heart of our University and we can take pride in our consistently strong reputation for the quality of our student experience
  • Swansea is a vibrant centre for art and culture.
  • The sharing of knowledge to nurture independent, critical thinking is fundamental to our purpose.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (64)
Medicine & Health (57)
Engineering & Technology (43)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



The University's foundation stone was laid by King George V on 19 July 1920 and 89 students (including eight female students) enrolled that same year. By September 1939, there were 65 staff and 485 students.

In 1947 there were just two permanent buildings on campus: Singleton Abbey and the library.


The sharing of knowledge to nurture independent, critical thinking is fundamental to our purpose. It enables our students to be resilient in the face of global challenges and to adapt to the changing world of work. We celebrate our Welsh heritage and are proud to be part of a bilingual nation. 

Swansea University offers award-winning postgraduate study in a stunning coastal location. From master's degrees to PhD study, we offer postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas.


Swansea University is fully engaged with the Research Excellent Framework (REF) and aims to provide relevant, up-to-date information on the REF to colleagues and external stakeholders alike. 

Through the REF, the UK funding bodies aim to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge.


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.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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601 -200
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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474 -12
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
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.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
474 9
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.


Library services

Swansea University Libraries and Archives provide high-quality information services for all students and staff, as well as the public, constantly developing these services to support the University's learning, teaching, research and corporate activities. 

The Libraries and Archives offer a comfortable, spacious environment with the latest facilities and technology for learning and research. 

ICT services

The Customer Service Team can help with:

  • Connecting to Swansea University Wi-Fi
  • Device Troubleshooting Support
  • Setting up your Swansea University email on your devices
  • Laptop loans
  • SPSS, NVivo and Mathematica installation
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning services

Medical services

We provide a range of wellness programmes including:

  • Sports massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Health ‘MOTs’ and healthy weight check

Student Life

Campus life

Swansea University spans two stunning campuses at each end of Swansea’s waterfront. Singleton Park Campus is set in mature parkland and botanical gardens, overlooking Swansea Bay beach. Bay Campus is located on the beach on the eastern approach into Swansea.

Sports facilities

We offer state-of-the-art gyms on both campuses, with a large variety of weight and cardio machines to round out your training.

The International Sports Village incorporates the 50m Wales National Pool, which is home to one of British Swimming’s high-performance centres. It is equally suited for a relaxing swim and top-level competition or training.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was a whole lot of experience

Looking forward to My swansea experiences.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I just got admissions into Swansea university to study development and human rights, but so far, the school had been awesomely contacting me so richly. It realty made Me feel homey. And I sincerely can't wait to join the main campus. Thanks..

Swansea university offer an opportunity of study through given scholarships to students like me who never imagined of going international to pursue and receive quality education. 2. Swansea University has been ranked 10th in the UK when compared to unive
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

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