Swansea University

1. Introduction

This section should be read in conjunction with the University’s Guide to Research Student Admissions.


Doctoral degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.

And holders will have:

  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.


All candidates must enrol as students of Swansea University and pay the appropriate fees prescribed by the University.  As enrolled students, candidates must comply with the University’s academic and general regulations.


Candidates may not concurrently be enrolled on another award bearing programme in this or any other university/institution unless permission has been expressly granted by the Academic Regulations and Cases Board.


Every candidate is required to monitor the University email account allocated to him/her throughout the candidature period, since all electronic correspondence from the University will only be sent to the candidate’s University email account. Every candidate is strongly advised to use the allocated University email account when communicating with the University.


The level of study of the research degree governed by these regulations shall be at Level 8 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ Level 8).