Biosciences at Swansea

Thank you for considering Biosciences at Swansea for your university education. Your choice of course and university is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make in life, and we hope that these pages will help you make the right decision.

The range of degree schemes in Biosciences have been developed to allow you to study living organisms wherever your interests lie, from aspects of molecular and cellular biology through to the biology of whole organisms and populations. All of our degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Biosciences has excellent teaching facilities for molecular, physiological or ecological studies and the nearby Gower Peninsula is rich in coastal, freshwater and terrestrial habitats of outstanding quality. A marine research vessel, the R.V.Noctiluca, is used extensively for students to explore the local marine environment.

Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.

Our Field Trips

New for Autumn 2018 the R. V. Mary Anning

RV Mary AnningFrom estuaries to the sea shelf, the spectacular coastline of Wales is buzzing with diverse habitats and wildlife, and provides tremendous potential for developing a low carbon, sustainable economy to ensure the well-being of future generations in Wales. 

Swansea University has long been a leader in training Marine Biologists, conducting high impact research, and assisting the conservation and sustainable development of the marine and coastal resources in Wales. Now we are ready to make new waves again! 

Swansea University has invested £1.3m in the construction of a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel. The new vessel can accommodate 26 passengers and have a top speed of 23 kts with cruising at about 16kts, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment. 

From surveying the coastline to mapping critical habitats, studying water quality, observing marine wildlife and deploying marine equipment, the new vessel will support the best teaching, research and business assistance Swansea University has to offer. The new vessel is scheduled to launch in Autumn 2018!