Swansea University

2. Entry Conditions


A candidate for postgraduate taught award must hold one of the following qualifications prior to commencement of study:

  • An initial Bachelor's degree (normally 2.2 or above) or a Master's degree of a UK University.
  • An initial Bachelor's degree (normally 2.2 or above.) or a Master's of a recognised European or overseas University already approved or subsequently approved by UK NARIC.
  • An initial Bachelor's degree (normally 2.2 or above) or a Master's of a recognised European or overseas University approved by the University's Matriculation Sub-Committee.
  • A non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be equivalent to graduation.

In addition some programmes may require stricter or specific entry conditions due to professional Body/Sponsorship body requirements.

Conditions of offer may include requirements relating to matriculation (see Regulations 2.7 and 2.8 below.)


Applicants for taught postgraduate programmes, who do not have an undergraduate degree, must instead have significant relevant work or other experience, which has been assessed by the Admissions Selectors as appropriate for admission to the relevant programme.


A prospective candidate who already holds a doctoral level qualification (including PhD, the Engineering Doctorate and Taught Doctorates etc.) shall show that the postgraduate taught programme to be pursued is in a different field of study from that for which the Doctoral degree was awarded.


Irrespective of a candidate's entry qualifications, the University reserves the right to satisfy itself that a candidate is of the required academic standard to complete the programme of study proposed. 


Prior to admission to the programme of study, Colleges must ensure that a candidate can communicate effectively in English, in both speech and writing.  TOEFL or IELTS tests (or the equivalent) are applicable and guidance can be obtained from the Admissions Office as regards the pass level appropriate to a given study or the pre-course teaching that may be necessary to allow a candidate to proceed to postgraduate studies.  The University sets a minimum for postgraduate candidates of 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent). Applications may be made to the Admissions Committee for a lower or higher equivalent.


Candidates must disclose character and suitability issues as required by the University or otherwise in relation to their programme of study. The onus is on the candidate to provide any evidence they consider necessary and appropriate to enable the University to make a decision on their application. Failure to disclose a character and suitability issue or evidence of those issues necessary and appropriate to enable the University to make a decision on an application, may lead to the University withdrawing a student or not admitting a student to a programme of study.


Matriculation is the formal admission of a candidate to a programme of study leading to a degree or other academic award of the University.  Candidates who have not previously matriculated at Swansea University must provide evidence to the Admissions Office and/or MyUniHub of their degree or equivalent qualification in the form of an original certificate or an official academic transcript confirming the award of their Bachelor (or higher) degree from the awarding institution or other body. The results of Swansea undergraduates are verified using the University’s student record database. 


In order to matriculate with Swansea University, students offering a bachelor degree must have obtained that qualification from an ‘approved’ institution (as stipulated by Swansea University’s Matriculation and Special Cases Committee / Sub-Committee). If a particular institution is not listed in the appropriate reference guides, the Admissions Office must submit a special case to the Group before that particular candidate’s admission will be approved.  The Matriculation and Special Cases Committee / Sub-Committee reviews the cases and advises the Admissions Office whether or not the qualifications submitted are acceptable. If a particular case is declined, the candidate’s offer of a place (which would have been conditional upon approval of their qualifications) would need to be withdrawn and/or the student will be deemed ineligible to enrol.


Candidates will be deemed ineligible to enrol where they do not meet the University’s requirements for matriculation (see Regulations 2.7 and 2.8 above). Where the candidate is deemed ineligible to enrol and/or fails to enrol within a prescribed enrolment period, this will result in the candidate’s candidature lapsing and the withdrawal of the candidate from the University (see also Regulation 4). 


The University shall notify the relevant authorities, within a prescribed period in accordance with United Kingdom laws governing study in the UK , of students who have been withdrawn for failure to enrol on a programme of study within the prescribed enrolment period.