Rankings and ratings

2014/15 Rankings

  • UK Top 50 university (Times' Good University Guide 2015)
  • UK Top 10 university for quality of life  (Lloyds TSB University Quality of Life survey)

We also...

  • rose 28 places in the 2014 Guardian University Guide
  • rose 6 places in the Complete University Guide
  • ranked among the World's Top 500 universities

Student satisfaction

Swansea University is in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, at 91% overall.

  • Swansea is top in the UK for 4 subjects – genetics, media studies, medical technology and historical and philosophical studies - and in the top 5 for 8 others.
  • There are 4 subject areas with 100% satisfaction: Genetics, Media Studies, Medical Technology andOthers in Historical and Philosophical Studies. 
  • Two areas scored 98%: Computer Science and Law.  
  • The following scored 95% or above: Social Policy, Classics, French Studies, German and Scandinavian Studies, History, Materials and Minerals Technology and Archaeology/Egyptology.  
  • There were a further 16 areas with overall satisfaction above 90%.


REF2014 - making an Impact!

  • Swansea is recognised as being the 26th research-intensive university in the UK  according to the Research Excellence Framework  2014
  • REF 2014 ranked Swansea University 22nd in the UK for impact, outperforming many Russell Group universities
  • “Among research-intensive institutions, Swansea University made the biggest leap, from joint 52nd to joint 26th.” – according to the Time Higher
  • Swansea is 23rd in the UK research excellence league tables for universities (after removing specialised medical research institutions with no undergraduate provision)
  • Swansea University has doubled its volume of world leading academic researchers in six years (58 FTE staff rated 4* in 2008 and 114 FTE in 2014)
  • Swansea University’s Medical School – whose first cohort of medical students graduated in 2013 – is the top medical school in UK for research excellence
  • 100% 4* and 3* Impact in 8 subjects (Medicine, Engineering, History, Sports, Science, Nursing, Modern Langauges, Celtic Studies, Geography)

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Careers and employability

Swansea University is ranked 15th in the UK and top in Wales for producing global graduates capable of entering graduate level further study or securing a professional level position within six months of graduating.

(HESA 2015)

Teaching quality

Swansea University has a 5 star rating for its Teaching Quality from the QS Stars global university ratings system

Swansea University has a 5 star rating for teaching quality from the QS Stars global university ratings system

Student Nursing Times Awards 2014

Swansea University is the winner of the Pre-Registration Nurse Education Provider awarded by the Student Nursing Times Awards 2014