Domestic Rankings

Domestic league tables measure university performance across a range of indicators such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, research quality and university spend. This year Swansea University achieved its highest ever rank in a UK league table going up 6 places to 30th in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Swansea was also Wales’ highest climber in the Complete University Guide 2019 rising five places to 39th.

TableRankNo. Institutions RankedRank 3 years ago
Times Good University Guide 2019 30th 132 44th
Guardian University Guide 2019 31st 121 44th
Complete University Guide 2019 39th 131 45th

Best Performing Metrics

MetricBest Performing Institution RankTable/Source
NSS - Overall student satisfaction 5th National Student Survey 2018*
Graduate Prospects 10th Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2018**
Student Satisfaction/NSS Overall 13th Guardian University
Research Quality 24th Complete University Guide
REF - GPA 26th Research Excellence Framework
Student Experience 21st Times Good University Guide
Facilities Spend 39th Times Good University Guide

*Ranked joint fifth in a list of the UK’s universities as featured in the Times Good University Guide 2018.
**2018 DLHE results. When compared to universities that provide a wide range of degree courses, Swansea University is 10th in the UK, based on institutions in the Times Good University Guide 2018.

World Rankings

International league tables measure university performance across metrics such as reputation, citations and international profile. Swansea University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University now appears among the top 300 elite institutions across the globe.

TableRankNo. Institutions Ranked
THE World University Rankings 2019 251 - 300 1,103
QS World University Rankings 2019 435 959

Best Performing Metrics

MetricBest Performing Institution RankTable
Citations 105th THE World Rankings University 2019
International Outlook 139th THE World Rankings University 2019
International Students 216th QS World Rankings University 2019
International Faculty 225th QS World Rankings University 2019

Subject Overview

In addition to its strong performance at University level, Swansea is also well ranked for a number of subjects across both the domestic and international league tables.

Times Good University Guide

Swansea University appears in 35 of the 68 subjects published in the 2019 guide. The University has nine subjects in the top 10 and a further 12 subjects in the top 20. This year 18 subjects improved in rank with 27 being ranked in the top half of their subject tables.

Guardian University Guide

Swansea University has 30 subjects ranked in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Six subjects are in the top 10 and over half are in the top half of their tables.

Complete University Guide

Swansea University has 37 subjects ranked in the Complete University Guide 2019. Over 2/3 are in the top half of their respective tables with seven subjects within the top 10 and a further seven in the top 20.

QS World University Rankings

Nine subjects appear in the top 450 for Swansea University in the QS World University rankings 2018. Four subject areas are also ranked:

Engineering & Technology: 397

Arts & Humanities: 401-450

Natural Sciences: 451-500

Life Sciences & Medicine: 451-500

THE World University Rankings

Swansea University has five subjects areas ranked in the THE World University Rankings 2018:

Engineering & Technology: 201-250

Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health: 201-250

Physical Sciences: 251-300

Social Sciences: 301-400

Arts & Humanities: 301-400

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Swansea University appears in 21 subjects in the Academic Ranking of World Universities – Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018. It appears in the top 200 for seven of the subjects:

Public Health: 51-75

Geography: 76-100

Nursing: 101-150

Ecology: 151-200

Oceanography: 151-200

Water Resources: 151-200

Hospitality & Tourism Management: 151-200