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Swansea University

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Quick facts:

  • Top 5 for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2018)
  • Gold Award (highest possible) in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2018)
  • Seaside campus, close to city centre and easy access to other UK cities

Swansea University focuses on providing the right balance between excellent teaching, research and a high quality of life for students. Its research was recently judged to be internationally excellent and students are taught by and work alongside some of the best academic staff in the country and even the world. With a student-teacher ratio of 16:1, the faculty are able to work closely with their students and provide them with any additional academic support that they need. 

Studying at Swansea University

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The university has two stunning campuses: Singleton Park Campus situated in the Botanical Gardens and Bay Campus, located on the beach. With 120 student organisations, 50 sports clubs, 12 eateries and a range of festivals and student-led events hosted throughout the year, there is plenty to keep students entertained and occupied. Alongside the main university induction activities, Swansea runs bespoke welcome events for its international students to aid their integration into Swansea student life. During term time the English Language Training Service offers personalised English language support, as well as numerous pre-sessional courses.


Studying in Swansea

Swansea is a small city with a close and friendly community of students and locals. Located on the coast of Wales, Swansea is home to a scenic, beachfront bay which serves as a popular relaxation spot for students. The city is also a hub for arts and culture with a buzzing nightlife scene that caters to all music tastes and plenty of historic museums, beachfront cafes, prohibition style bars and a great high-street. In addition to its award-winning beaches, Swansea is also close to some of Wales’s most treasured landscapes. The Brecon Beacons National Park is less than an hour away from the city, which offers scenic biking and walking trails across mountains, waterfalls, below ground rivers and cave systems. It is also a perfect camping and star gazing location, making it a fantastic spot for nature lovers. Being a compact city, it is easy to get to most places just by cycling or walking however there are also UniBuses that run seven days per week to transport students between campuses and the town. Bikes are also available to hire for leisurely use at various docking stations on the coast and in the town, making transport even easier and more flexible.


Specialised Degree Programmes at Swansea University 


Swansea continues to maintain its position as one of the top UK universities for Engineering. The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes, in order to develop students’ potential to become future leaders and champions of industry. With a world-class research centre and a sustained investment programme, the College for Engineering provides outstanding resources and facilities to create an ideal environment in which to study and conduct research.  Swansea offers a number of accredited engineering programmes and as with most of Swansea’s courses, there is an option to do an additional year studying at a partner university in a different country to gain international experience. 



Swansea University is a top provider of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Management, Accounting, Finance and Economics. The School of Management works in partnership with other Swansea University departments and external organisations to create strong business links that enhance the student learning experience. This also helps create programmes that reflect the skillset required by an ever-evolving market and workplace. Throughout their degree programme, Management students will have access to collaborative opportunities and make use of the department’s strong industry links to gain work experience and boost employability. The School’s research-led approach to teaching means students work alongside forward-thinking and vibrant staff that help to produce highly skilled and knowledgable graduates ready to contribute and make a difference to the local and global economy.

  • The School of Management at Swansea University is ranked 17th in the UK for its research impact (The Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Computer Science

The Computer Science Department is based on the university’s brand new £32.5 million Computational Foundry. This state-of-the-art facility is a home to a host of labs, hardware and social learning spaces, attracting leading researchers to Wales. These facilities give students the opportunity to work on real-world problems alongside industry partners, in turn preparing them for a career in transformative research and digital innovation. The employability team also work with students throughout their time at Swansea to help them find and prepare for their placement in industry. The faculty consists of a highly skilled international staff base focused on providing quality teaching, research and community engagement in attempt to grow a dedicated community of computer scientists. Students will learn the importance of computer science in the building a progressive world socially, economically and culturally.

  • The Computer Science Department at Swansea University is ranked 7th in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide, 2019


Apply to Swansea University

Applications and admissions to Swansea University are made through UCAS. Study Experience is specialised in supporting international students throughout the UCAS application process.

The deadline for applications is usually on January 15th of each year for entry in September. Complete applications must include; a CV,  a translated baccalaureate transcript, IELTS results and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists students in the writing of their personal statement and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation programme according to their level and needs. Regarding English entry requirements for Swansea University, students must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for undergraduate programmes and 6.5 for postgraduate programmes.

If your score falls below the required level, but remains above 4.0, Swansea University offers English Language pre-sessional courses delivered by their English Language Training Services (ELTS). ELTS are accredited by the British Council and BALEAP, and offer a range of summer programmes that will bring your level of English up prior to starting your university degree at Swansea.

For more information about programmes or to apply, contact a member of the Study Experience team. 

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