Studying at Swansea University

An Introduction to Swansea University

Swansea University thrives on exploration and discovery and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research matched by an enviable quality of life.  We have two stunning campuses at each end of Swansea’s waterfront. Singleton Park Campus is set in parkland and botanical gardens overlooking the beach on Swansea Bay, and our new state-of-the-art Bay Campus is located on its own beach on the eastern approach into Swansea. Our multicultural dual-campus provides a wide range of opportunities for students, staff and the community with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Town, beach and campuses are well connected so it’s easy to get where you need to be; walking, cycling or on the Unibus.

Where is Swansea?

Swansea is located on the edge of the Gower Peninsula in Wales. The UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers coastal walks and 5 award winning Blue Flag beaches. Wales has an abundance of castles to explore, mountains to climb and delicious local dishes to try – the perfect antidote to a long week of studying.

The city of Swansea is medium sized by UK standards (pop. 250,000) and culturally diverse.  It ranks 3rd in the Most Affordable U.K. University Town (Totallymoney.com 2019) and will be attracting a significant amount of investment in the coming years with plans in place for a new Conference and Exhibition Centre, HydroHub and Digital District – making it a very exciting place to be! Swansea also benefits from excellent transport links with Cardiff International Airport an hour away, and London just three hours by train.

Sport at Swansea University

Sport Swansea take pride in our commitment to sport and active living for everyone from the beginner to the elite athlete.

Sport Swansea take pride in our commitment to sport and active living for everyone from the beginner to the elite athlete. Our International Sports Village includes a 50m pool, athletics track, pitches, gym, and there are regular fitness classes on both campuses.

  • Aerial Sports
  • Aikido
  • American Football
  • Archery
  • Athletics & Cross Country
  • Badminton
  • Baseball & Softball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kickboxing
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Lifesaving
  • Motorsports
  • Mountaineering
  • Netball
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Rygbi Tawe
  • Sailing
  • Snowriders
  • Squash
  • Sub-Aqua
  • Surf
  • Swansea Medicals RFC
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Windsurfing & Paddle Boarding

Find out more about each of the the 60 different sports clubs here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/sport/student-sport/sports-clubs/

High Performance Sports

We have a select group of sports that make up the university’s high performance sports programme. Each high performance sport has a dedicated head of stream who works closely with the coaches to give athletes every opportunity to deliver top-level performance.

Click on each of the programmes below for detailed overviews as well as webinars and other video content.

Our high performance sports also receive: sports science services, athlete lifestyle management, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning support.

See the full list of High Performance Sport Programmes available at Swansea University here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/sport/high-performance-sports-and-scholarships/high-performance-sports/

100 Years of Sport at Swansea University


Swansea University offers a wide range of postgraduate courses for student-athletes to pursue alongside their sporting ambitions. The full list of available courses can be found below.

If you need further information about any of the courses below, please feel free to ask.

  • Accounting and Finance, MSc
  • Advanced Computer Science with Industry, MSc
  • Advanced Computer Science, MSc
  • Advanced Practice in Health Care, MSc
  • Advanced Software Technology, MSc
  • Aerospace Engineering, MSc
  • Ancient Egyptian Culture, MA
  • Ancient History and Classical Culture, MA
  • Ancient Narrative Literature, MA
  • Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology, MA
  • Approved Mental Health Professional, PGCert
  • Blood Component Transfusion, PGCert
  • Business Administration, MBA
  • Chemical Engineering, MSc
  • Child Public Health, MSc 
  • Childhood Studies, MA
  • Chinese-English Translation and Language Teaching, MA
  • Civil Engineering, MSc
  • Classics, MA
  • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health, MSc
  • Clinical Science (Medical Physics), MSc
  • Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc
  • Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations, MA
  • Communications Engineering, MSc
  • Community and Primary Health Care Practice, MSc
  • Community Health Studies, Specialist Practice Award in District Nursing, MSc / PGDip
  • Computational Mechanics, MSc
  • Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics with Industry, MSc
  • Computer Modelling and Finite Elements in Engineering Mechanics, MSc / PGDip
  • Computer Science – Informatique (Swansea), MSc
  • Computer Science, MSc
  • Creative Writing (Extended), MA
  • Creative Writing, MA
  • Criminology Pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Cyber Crime and Terrorism, MA
  • Cyber Security, MSc
  • Data Science, Health and Wellbeing pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Data Science, MSc
  • Development and Human Rights, MA
  • Developmental and Therapeutic Play, MA
  • Diabetes Practice, MSc
  • Digital Economy and Society pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Digital Media, MA
  • Economics and Finance, MSc
  • Economics Pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Economics, MSc
  • Education for the Health Professions, MA
  • Education, MA
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering with Industry, MSc
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering, MSc
  • Empirical Studies in Law Pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Engineering Leadership and Management, MSc
  • Engineering Management, MSc
  • English Literature, MA
  • Enhanced Neonatal Care, PGCert
  • Enhanced Professional Midwifery Practice, MSc
  • Enhanced Professional Practice, MSc
  • Enhancing Human Collaborations and Interactions with Data and Intelligence-Driven Systems, CDT Integrated MSc and PhD
  • Environmental Biology: Conservation & Resource Management, MSc
  • Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change, MSc
  • Finance and Big Data Analytics, MSc
  • Finance, MSc
  • Financial Management, MSc / PGDip
  • Gender and Culture, MA
  • Genomic Medicine, MSc
  • Geographic Information and Climate Change, MSc
  • Gerontology and Ageing Studies, MSc
  • Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice, MA
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Health Care Management, MSc
  • Health Data Science, MSc
  • Health Informatics, Distance learning at St John’s Research Institute, Bangalore India, MSc
  • Health Informatics, MSc
  • History, MA
  • Human Geography pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Human Rights, LLM
  • Human-Centred Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, MSc
  • Intellectual Property & Commercial Practice LLM
  • International Banking and Finance, MSc
  • International Commercial and Maritime Law, LLM
  • International Commercial Law, LLM
  • International Journalism, MA
  • International Maritime Law, LLM
  • International Relations (Extended), MA
  • International Relations, MA
  • International Security and Development (Extended), MA
  • International Security and Development, MA
  • International Tourism Management, MSc
  • International Trade Law, LLM
  • Investment Management, MSc
  • Journalism, Media and Globalisation, MA
  • Leadership for the Health Professions, MSc
  • Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting, LLM
  • Legal Practice, PGDip
  • LegalTech, LLM
  • Linguistics pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated PhD Social Research Methods
  • Long Term and Chronic Condition Management, MSc
  • Management (Business Analytics), MSc
  • Management (Business Project), MSc
  • Management (Enterprise and Innovation), MSc
  • Management (Finance), MSc
  • Management (Human Resource Management), MSc
  • Management (International Management), MSc
  • Management (Marketing), MSc
  • Management (Operations and Supply Management), MSc
  • Management and Business pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Management, MSc / PGDip
  • Materials Engineering with Industry, MSc
  • Materials Engineering, MSc
  • Mathematics and Computing for Finance, MSc
  • Mathematics, MSc
  • Mechanical Engineering with Industry, MSc
  • Mechanical Engineering, MSc
  • Medical Education, MSc / PGDip
  • Medical Radiation Physics, MSc
  • Medicine (Graduate Entry), MBBCH
  • Medieval Studies, MA / PGCert / PGDip
  • Modern History, MA
  • Nanomedicine, MSc / PGCert / PGDip
  • Nanoscience to Nanotechnology, MSc
  • Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals, PGCert
  • Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives, PGCert
  • Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists, PGCert
  • Nursing Pre-Registration (Adult), MSc
  • Nursing Pre-Registration (Child), MSc
  • Nursing Pre-Registration (Mental Health), MSc
  • Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law, LLM
  • PG Exchange student in COAH, METS Consortia
  • Physician Associate Studies, MSc
  • Politics, MA
  • Power Engineering and Sustainable Energy, MSc
  • Professional Accounting, MSc
  • Professional Translation (Extended), MA
  • Professional Translation, MA
  • Psychology pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Research Methods in Psychology
  • Public Health and Health Promotion, MSc / PGDip
  • Public History and Heritage, MA
  • Public History and Heritage, MA (Extended)
  • Public Policy (Extended), MA
  • Public Policy, MA
  • Research Methods in Psychology, MSc
  • Social Research Methods, MSc
  • Social Work, MSc
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting), MSc / PGDip
  • Sport and Exercise Science pathway, ESRC DTP Integrated MSc and PhD Social Research Methods
  • Sports Ethics and Integrity, MA
  • Strategic Accounting, MSc
  • Strategic Marketing, MSc
  • Structural Engineering, MSc
  • Sustainable Engineering Management for International Development, MSc
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, MA / PGDip
  • Translation and Interpreting (Extended), MA
  • Translation and Interpreting, MA
  • Translation Technology, PGCert
  • War and Society, MA
  • Welsh Writing in English MA

Course Fees and Scholarships

Full-time fees for overseas students in the 2022/23 academic year are as follows:

  • MA – Master of Arts: £16,650
  • MSc – Master of Science: £19,300
  • MBA – Master of Business Administration: £21,800
  • Bachelor’s degree: £15,400 – £19,050
  • Foundation Year/Certificate: £


Swansea University is able to help student-athletes reduce the cost of their education, however U.K. university scholarships are much more limited in comparison those offered in the U.S.

Student-athletes considering Swansea University would likely be offered partial awards that would still require a financial contribution from the student.

Funding Your Year Overseas

Swansea University is authorised to accept U.S. Federal Loans, giving student-athletes a further option to fund their studies overseas.

If you wish to apply for a U.S. Federal Loan to fund your studies at Swansea, the first step is to go to the FAFSA website to complete the Free Application for Student Aid form. During this process you will be asked for a Swansea’s school code is, this is: G08586


With a wide range of accommodation options, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding where to make yourself at home at Swansea University.

Living Off-Campus

Alternatively, you might decide you would prefer to live off-campus in private sector student houses and flats in Swansea. The University’s letting agency, Student Accommodation Services (SAS) manages over 145 quality properties close to both campuses, as well as local facilities such as shops, bars and restaurants.

Living Costs

The cost of living in Swansea is relatively low compared to many other cities in the UK. However, it is still vital you are prepared for your expected outgoings before you begin your studies.

On average students studying at Swansea will spend between £7,800 and £11,700 (over 52 weeks) on living costs. The examples given below are averaged out to give costs somewhere in the middle of this estimate.

Expenditure Cost
Food at average £40/week £2,080
Books and other equipment £523
Leisure/social (entertainment, going out) at average of £28/week £1,456
Other general expenses (phone, laundry, clothing) £1,469
Total average estimated costs £5,528

The level of these costs depends heavily on lifestyle and will vary from person to person, but it’s always a good idea to have an idea of your budget before you begin your studies. Check out our fees and funding pages if you’d like any advice about how to fund your postgraduate degree.

Study Abroad at Swansea University

Chad’s Experience

Study Abroad to Masters at Swansea University

Benjamin Nichols came to Swansea University in 2015 from Blackburn College, Illinois USA, for his Study Abroad semester.

He enjoyed living and studying in Swansea so much that after returning to Illinois to graduate, he successfully applied for a scholarship and has returned to Swansea to complete his MSc with us in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management.

Watch Benjamin’s video to hear why he loves it here so much below:

Find out more here: www.swansea.ac.uk/studyabroad

Swansea University Sport Facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities are ideal, whether you’re an elite athlete in training or simply want to stay fit – or get fit. With two locations across the city, you are never far away from a Sport Swansea gym or playing field.

How to Apply

If you want to further your sporting career and education at Swansea University, we are here to help. Simply enter your details below and we will then send you instructions on how to complete your application.