Entry requirements

General postgraduate academic entry requirements

To be considered for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University's general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme.

Taught Courses

  • Generally, the minimum entry requirement for taught courses is a lower second class honours degree (2:2), or equivalent. However, a number of courses require an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent. 
  • If you do not have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) but have significant and relevant full-time work experience you are welcome to apply for appropriate taught courses. In this instance applications will be judged on an individual basis.
  • As a guideline, the normal expectation for you to demonstrate significant experience will be at least 3 years full-time experience if your highest qualifications are school Advanced level and 5 years if your highest qualifications are GCSE level. The relevance of your experience will also be considered.
  • Our decision will take account of both the significance of your experience and its relevance to your chosen programme of study. Please note that you will also be asked to demonstrate that you can undertake work of an appropriate standard and evidence should be included in your application form.

Research Degrees

  • If you are applying for a research degree, you should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent. In some cases holding a Master’s degree is required. Please see individual course pages for entry requirements.
  • Applicants would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).
  • Non-graduates can be considered for a Master’s by Research (including MRes) degree. Please see ‘taught courses’ above for guidelines on ‘significant and relevant full-time work experience’. Non-graduates are not eligible to apply for MPhil/PhD/EngD/MD.

Please refer to the individual course page for specific programme entrance requirements. As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

If you are an international student you will need to ensure that your academic and English language qualifications meet our entry requirements. You can check the comparability of your qualifications with our entry requirements by reviewing the appropriate section link below:

Alternatively you may contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office by email for assistance: postgraduate.admissions@swansea.ac.uk