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Domestic Rankings

Domestic league tables measure university performance across a range of indicators such as student satisfaction, graduate outcomes, research quality and university spend. 

TableRankNo. Institutions RankedRank 3 years ago
Times Good University Guide 2021 36th 135 36th
Guardian University Guide 2021 24th 121 45th
Complete University Guide 2021 32nd 131 44th

Best Performing Metrics

MetricBest Performing Institution RankTable/Source
NSS - Overall student satisfaction 6th National Student Survey 2020*
Course Satisfaction 6th Guardian University Guide 2021
Graduate Prospects 10th Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2018**
Student Experience 19th* Times Good University Guide 2021
Graduate Prospects 22nd* Times Good University Guide 2021
Career Prospects 23rd  Guardian University Guide 2021
Research Quality 24th Complete University Guide
REF - GPA 26th Research Excellence Framework

*Based on a list of 135 institutions that appear in the Times Good University Guide.
**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 2021 251-300 1,527
QS World University Rankings 2020 462nd 959
ARWU 2020 601-700 1000

Best Performing Metrics

MetricBest Performing Institution RankTable
Citations 68th THE World Rankings University 2021
International Outlook 144th THE World Rankings University 2020
International Students 232nd QS World Rankings University 2020
International Faculty 236th QS World Rankings University 2020

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 2020 guide. The University has 89subjects in the top 10 and a further 11 in the top 20 of their respective tables.

Guardian University Guide

Swansea University has 31 subjects ranked in the Guardian University Guide 2021. Six subjects are in the top 10 and a further seven in the top 20.

Complete University Guide

Swansea University has 40 subjects ranked in the Complete University Guide 2020. Over 2/3 are in the top half of their respective tables with seven subjects within the top 10 and a further nine in the top 20.

QS World University Rankings

Seven subjects appear in the top 550 for Swansea University in the QS World University rankings 2019. Four subject areas are also ranked:

Engineering & Technology: 401-450

Arts & Humanities: 451-500

Natural Sciences: 451-500

Life Sciences & Medicine: 451-500

THE World University Rankings

Swansea University has eight subjects areas ranked in the THE World University Rankings 2020:

Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health: 201-250

Engineering & Technology: 301-400

Computer Science: 251-300

Physical Sciences: 301-400

Social Sciences: 251-300

Arts & Humanities: 301-400

Psychology: 301-400

Business & Economics: 201-250

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Swansea University appears in 24 subjects in the Academic Ranking of World Universities – Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020. Appearing in the top 200 for nine subjects:

Geography: 151-200th

Ecology: 101-150th

Oceanography: 11-200th

Mechanical Engineering: 76-100th

Chemical Engineering: 101-150th

Water Resources: 151-200th

Clinical Medicine: 151-200th

Public Health: 101-150th

Hospitality & Tourism Management: 101-150th