Swansea University offers...

a wide range programmes through its academic partnerships. These programmes lead to awards/degrees ranging from Foundation Degrees to Doctoral awards. It offers a number of prestigious Erasmus Mundus programmes; joint doctoral degrees, delivered through joint supervision arrangements (co-tutelle); collaborative doctoral degrees; joint Master's degrees; dual awards which span Master's and PhD levels; Bachelor degrees offered through the medium of Welsh and with elements delivered in collaboration with sister universities in Wales; Foundation degrees offered on a franchise basis with Further Education Colleges in Wales. In addition, arrangements have been made with partner organisations to enable Swansea University to oversee or to deliver modules through validation arrangements or Trans-National Education initiatives.

Level of Award

Research Degree Doctoral/Master's

These are research programmes that are offered jointly by Swansea and a partner institution/s, where the design of the programme, the supervision and the assessment are shared between both/all institutions. This would include Erasmus Mundus Joint Degrees, industrial based research degrees and jointly supervised research programmes.  

Master's Degree Taught

These are programmes that are offered jointly by Swansea and a partner institution/s, where the design of the programme, the teaching and the assessment are shared between both/all institutions.  

Bachelors Degree Taught

These are programmes that are offered jointly or collaboratively with partners at the undergraduate level where the design of the programme, the distribution of teaching and the assessment are shared between both/all institutions.

Foundation Degree

These programmes are normally established as part of an HE/FE partnership, or may be delivered by Swansea University on campus or in off-campus locations in the community. Foundation Degrees may involve other parties where industrial partners, external funding or government initiatives are providing the driving force for the development of such programmes. Each Foundation Degree will have, embedded into it, a work based learning element through which the learners will transfer their knowledge into the working environment.

Type of Award

Joint Degree

These are arrangements where two or more degree-awarding bodies, together provide a programme leading to a single award made jointly by both, or all, participants. A single certificate or document (signed by the competent authorities) attests to successful completion of this jointly delivered programme, replacing the separate institutional or national qualifications.

Double Degree / Multiple Award

Double Degree

An arrangement where two or more degree-awarding bodies, together provide a single jointly delivered and assessed programme (or programmes) at the same level (e.g. Masters), leading to separate awards (and separate certification) of each awarding body. Each certificate shall make reference to the fact that it has been issued alongside another certificate issued by the partner university. 

Multiple Award

An arrangement where three or more degree-awarding bodies, together provide a single jointly delivered and assessed programme (or programmes) at the same level (e.g. Masters), leading to separate awards (and separate certification) of each awarding body. Each certificate shall make reference to the fact that it has been issued alongside other certificates issued by the partner universities. 

Dual Degree

An arrangement where two degree-awarding bodies, together provide a route for students to pursue two degrees in succession at different levels (e.g. Masters and Doctoral degrees).  The arrangement shall involve collaboration such as the co-delivery of modules or co-supervision of students which shall result in an overall reduction in the time necessary to complete the two degrees.  Each degree will be awarded by one of the universities, but the student will study in turn in both universities.

CPD/Credit Qualifications

CPD awards or Credit Qualifications are bestowed on professional learners who have successfully completed modules or recognized programmes which are designed to upskill those in employment. They are official credits of awards of Swansea University given in recognition of successful completion of credit bearing modules. 

CPD points, on the other hand are given to professional learners who have attended formal modules, designed to upskill those in employment.  They are official CPD points of Swansea University given in recognition of attendance of training programmes but do not involve formal assessment.

Contact Details

Academic Partnerships Directorate
First floor, Rooms 146-155
Talbot Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park Campus
Swansea
SA2 8PP

General Enquiries:

Telephone No:  +44 1792 295604

Emailacademicpartnerships@swansea.ac.uk

Office hours: 9.00-17.00 Mon-Fri