Our 'Apply' online application form is easy to complete.
Applications for most of our postgraduate research programmes can be made online through our Apply System. Please note that our Swansea University fully funded scholarship courses have a different application process:
Please contact the Admissions Office by email if you have any problems using the ‘APPLY’ online application system.
Swansea university fully funded postgraduate research application process
Please visit our Swansea University research scholarship web page. Each individual scholarship advertisement outlines specific details as to how to apply. Before applying for a scholarship, you will need to consider the following:
- Fee Eligibility – some scholarships are open to all applicants, however, some scholarships, due to funder restrictions are only open to applicants who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate, as defined by UKCISA If you apply for a non-fee eligible scholarship, your application will not be considered.
- Academic entry requirements – due to high competition, your application is unlikely to be successful if you do not meet the advertised required degree grades.
- Applying for multiple awards – you can apply for more than one scholarship, but you will be required to submit an application for each award you apply for.
- English Language – you can apply prior to holding the pre-requisite English Language requirements but if you are made an offer, it will be conditional upon you meeting the English requirement for the course.
Please see our application deadlines page and individual scholarship advertisements for details.
We encourage and welcome students from all backgrounds:
Your application may be delayed if you fail to provide the following documents (where appropriate):
- Copy of email, from Swansea academic member of staff, outlining, in principle (subject to your application being successful) that they are interested in supervising your proposed research topic
- Research Proposal/Synopsis as agreed with the Swansea academic member of staff, outlining your proposed area of research
- clear copies of qualifications you’ve gained, e.g. Master degree certificate and transcripts (showing the subjects taken and your grades). If you’re still studying, provide a transcript of your results so far
- if your qualifications are in a language other than English, please provide official translations, in addition to the copies of the documents in your original language
- if English is not your first language, please provide a Swansea University recognised English language test certificate (if appropriate), for example IELTS
- Two, open references/letters of support. Please note that applications without two reference letters attached are placed on hold, awaiting receipt of the missing letter(s).
- a copy of your sponsor letter/scholarship award (if appropriate/available)
- Personal Statement, outlining why you wish to study for the course at Swansea University. Please note that your personal statement must refer to ‘Swansea University’.
How do I find out more information about the course?
Detailed information can be found on our A-Z course pages.
What is the difference between a taught and a research degree?
A taught postgraduate degree is a structured degree of study consisting of a number of modules in specialist subjects which can prepare you for a particular professional career.
- Taught programmes are designed to develop knowledge in specialised subjects previously studied more generally.
- A few Master's programmes act as "conversion courses", allowing you to change your area of specialisation from that undertaken at undergraduate level.
- Undertaking a taught course will often involve attending lectures and seminars or possibly working in the lab if undertaking a science-based course.
- Assessment is usually exam-based and through written assignments at the end of each module. To gain a Master's degree, you are often expected to complete a dissertation.
- Taught degrees typically last 1 year full-time, or 2/3 years if studying part-time.
A research degree provides you with the opportunity to research a specific area or topic in depth.
- Research degrees are more focused on independent study.
- Some research degrees do involve a taught element, particularly Master's by Research (including EngD) degrees.
- You will be provided with guidance and support by your supervisor and the facilities to conduct your research. The research should result in a unique piece of work involving new knowledge in your chosen subject area.
- Assessment is based upon your final thesis and an oral examination (viva-voce).
Research degrees vary in duration. MRes and Master's by Research degrees are typically pursued over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. PhDs last at least 3 years full-time, or 6 years part-time.
Is there an application deadline?
UK Applicants - 15th August
EU/International Applicants - 15th July
UK Applicants - 15th November
EU/International Applicants - 15th October
UK Applicants - 15th February
EU/International Applicants - 15th January
UK Applicants - 15th May
EU/International Applicants - 15th April
Where can I find information on entry requirements?
You can find entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes on the individual course pages - find your course on the A-Z list of Postgraduate Research Programmes. EU and international candidates should view our Country-specific Entry requirements for all International Applicants. If you can't find the information, or you are unclear what the entry requirements are, you can contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I just print my last degree module results from my University online results system?
No. We do not accept this as proof of your results. We need an official transcript from your University, which you should be able to get from your University’s Academic Office/Registry. If it is your final transcript, it needs to state your final overall result.
My degree results are in a language that is not English. Is this OK?
We will need an official translation of your documents into English if they are not printed in English in the first place. We will not be able to process your application until we have received a copy of your official documents and their official translation. The original translation will be required when you apply for your Student Route Visa.
How do I send you the two compulsory reference letters?
Please attach two "open" letters of support to your online application.
Are there any fully funded scholarships available?
Please visit our research scholarships page, each individual scholarship advert outlines specific details as to how to apply. Before applying for a scholarship please consider the following –
Q. Do you meet the fee eligibility to be considered for the scholarship? A large number of our scholarships are open to all applicants, however, some scholarships, due to funder restrictions are only open to applicants who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate, as defined by UKCISA regulations. Please note you will not be considered for a non-fee eligible application.
Q. Do you meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the scholarship? Due to strong competition, you are unlikely to be successful unless you meet the advertised degree grades.
Q. Can I apply for more than one PGR scholarship? Yes, please note however that new, individual applications are required, per scholarship.
Q. Is it OK to apply for a scholarship without holding the advertised pre-requisite English Language entry requirement? Yes, you can be considered for a scholarship without holding the pre-requisite English Language entry requirement. If your scholarship application is successful, you will be made a conditional offer on the basis that you meet the required English Language score prior to course enrolment.