Research Excellence

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show Swansea University has achieved its ambition to be a top 30 research university, soaring up the league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008. The College of Science in particular has achieved excellent results.  Some of the highlights of our performance include:

Professor Matt Jones, Head of the College of Science said, “Swansea Science has been recognised as being world leading and having impact on the world in many ways. So many members of the College have contributed to this outcome: the researchers, colleagues who facilitate the excellent research environment and the students who debate and challenge the ideas that are always bubbling here. The amount of talent in the College is vast, and the quality and diversity of research is truly outstanding.  This is an exciting time for us as we move into our fifth year as a College with plans to grow and with more synergies than ever across all five subject areas.“ 

Our research

The College is research intensive and internationally focused.  Our research is organised through academic disciplines, research centres and institutes, and major projects, all supported by superb research facilities and a thriving research culture.

We have a wealth of expertise in biosciences, computer science, human geography, physical geography, mathematics, physics, and pure and applied ecology.  We produce agenda-setting research of the highest calibre.

Collaborative research with industry


Departmental research activity

Ocean acidification

Centre for NanoHealth

Clean room

The Centre for NanoHealth (CNH) at Swansea University combines nanotechnology with medical science to provide opportunities to benefit patients, healthcare providers and the healthcare industry both across Wales and globally. 

Agenda-setting research

Greenland Research

from the ground beneath our feet, to the most distant galaxy

Read about our research in Breakthrough

Professors Steve Wilks and Steve Conlan

Swansea Science Doctoral Training Centre


The Doctoral Training Centre will provide a competitive advantage to our postgraduate researchers, preparing them for industry and academe.