Rankings and ratings

Rankings & Ratings

Swansea University is proud to be;

  • Welsh University of the Year 2017 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017) 
  • UK Top 15 for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • UK Top 15 for Graduate Employment (Guardian University League Table 2017)

Careers and employability

Swansea University is ranked 15th in the UK and top in Wales for producing global graduates capable of entering graduate level further study or securing a professional level position within six months of graduating.

Student satisfaction

Swansea University is in the top 25 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, at 88% overall.

  • Swansea is top 5 in the UK for 8 subjects including Social Policy and Computer Science. 

Teaching quality

Swansea University has a 5 star rating for its Teaching Quality from the QS Stars global university ratings system

Swansea University has a 5 star rating for teaching quality from the QS Stars global university ratings system


Swansea University also won Best Courses and Lecturers in the WhatUni awards (2016) 

Research Excellence

Top 30 Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Swansea is recognised as being the 26th research-intensive university in the UK  according to the Research Excellence Framework  2014
  • REF 2014 ranked Swansea University 22nd in the UK for impact, outperforming many Russell Group universities
  • “Among research-intensive institutions, Swansea University made the biggest leap, from joint 52nd to joint 26th.” – according to the Time Higher
  • Swansea is 23rd in the UK research excellence league tables for universities (after removing specialised medical research institutions with no undergraduate provision)
  • Swansea University has doubled its volume of world leading academic researchers in six years (58 FTE staff rated 4* in 2008 and 114 FTE in 2014)
  • Swansea University’s Medical School – whose first cohort of medical students graduated in 2013 – is the top medical school in UK for research excellence
  • 100% 4* and 3* Impact in 8 subjects (Medicine, Engineering, History, Sports, Science, Nursing, Modern Langauges, Celtic Studies, Geography)

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