Swansea University Postgraduate Prospectus 2023





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(WhatUni 2022) 86 % OF OUR RESEARCH



(Research Excellence Framework 2021)


(QS World University Rankings 2022)


(The highest award for Teaching Excellence at UK universities) (The highest award for Teaching Excellence at UK universities)

(The highest award for Teaching Excellence at UK universities)




from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle

At Swansea University, our students and staff are central to our vision and purpose. We are proud to celebrate the significant contribution of our postgraduate community, which brings fresh perspectives that both inspire and enrich our work. We hope that, in turn, you find much to inspire you in the pages of this prospectus and consider joining our thriving community as a student and researcher. Research and innovation are at the heart of the Swansea experience and feed directly into the quality of our teaching. In this prospectus you will see many references to the real-world impact of our research, from greener, smarter steel, to pain-free vaccines. Choosing postgraduate study shows commitment and drive, and our dedicated teaching staff and world-class facilities will help you to realise your ambitions. We are globally ranked in all subject areas in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by subject and have achieved the highest award (gold) for teaching excellence at UK universities through the Teaching Excellence Framework. We are a diverse and vibrant university; indeed, we were ranked 2nd in the UK for Diversity and Inclusion in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2021.

We also provide a collegiate, supportive space for postgraduate researchers to make ground-breaking discoveries; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2021), 91% of our research environment and 86% of our research impact was rated world-leading and internationally excellent. My first academic role was as a young lecturer at Swansea University, and I can personally vouch for the quality of the research-led education and the support that you will receive here. I hope my belief in our University is clear, but please don’t just take my word for it – book a place on one of our open days to find out more.




From making greener, cleaner steel; turning plastics into hydrogen; improving the health of the population; preserving ancient monuments, to; challenging and shaping policy around fairness and equality and ensuring the safety of individuals and communities across the world; our research helps prevent, combat, and reverse the global challenges of today. You can help change the world and overcome global challenges at Swansea University, by working with world-renowned academics, where 91% of our research environment is judged to be conducive to producing research which is world-leading and has internationally excellent research facilities.

(Research Excellence Framework 2021)

91 % OF OUR RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT IS WORLD-LEADING (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Browse our quarterly research magazine – Momentum and find out more about Swansea University’s research here:



Our research informs global health policies and enables innovation of devices, services, and diagnoses to promote good health and wellbeing. And with close proximity to NHS Wales facilities and staff, our researchers are able to take full advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and interdisciplinary expertise.

Our research is translational, taking ideas and insights from research bench, to patient bedside, and back again. We innovate new ways to treat and prevent diseases, reverse stigmas, and decrease pressures on the NHS.


swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ health-innovation/

Our research into steel has led to the development of lighter, greener, smarter steel and a cleaner production process, helping to combat climate emergency issues. Our multi-million pound campus, home to projects such as SPECIFIC and close to industry partners Tata Steel, enables us to work across disciplines to create and develop solutions to combat the climate emergency.


swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ steel-innovation/


Our research puts people at the centre of technological advancements Our research includes a focus on accessibility for sensory impaired users; developing digital platforms to encourage political engagement; keeping children safe online and combating abuses of online media. swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights /digital-futures/


Our research is focused on governance, protection of SMBs (Small Medium Businesses), human rights and criminal justice. Our research is facilitated by research groups and centres such as the Cyber Threats Research Centre, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Observatory on Human Rights for Children and Governance and Human Rights Research Group.


swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ justice-equality/

Working in collaboration with partners and experts in their field, our researchers are able to streamline and improve productivity in manufacturing processes, reducing waste, saving energy and money. Home to projects such as ASTUTE which enables greater levels of business innovation in manufacturing and with world famous centres of excellence such as the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, we are helping industry to be more sustainable. swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ smart-manufacturing




We are working with local and global communities to preserve


history, influence policy and encourage open and nurturing cultures.

From protecting cultural heritage sites; to informing and improving education policy; to promoting better understanding of the role of digital media in contemporary life, our research engages with key issues and problems.

swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ culture-communication-heritage/

We recognise the global challenges which we all face.


From running the UK’s largest seagrass restoration project; to flying high with condors in Argentina with SLAM (Swansea Lab for Animal Movement); to advancing the understanding of iceberg calving in Antarctica and creating buildings that harness and store their own energy. Our passionate academic community are working to combat the effects of the climate emergency for the future.

swansea.ac.uk/research/research-highlights/ sustainable-futures-energy-environment/



Postgraduate taught degrees are academically more demanding than undergraduate programmes. They require a higher level of self-directed learning and are awarded to students who demonstrate advanced understanding of a particular subject. Master’s degrees are delivered through a combination of taught modules and assessed coursework, and there is an expectation that students will complete an in-depth research project or dissertation.

Taught master’s degrees are generally modular in structure, meaning that students follow a series of modules worth a total of 180 credits.120 credits are gained from taught modules, and 60 credits from the dissertation. Taught master’s programmes often include research and methodology skills courses and specific departmental training courses, which are essential for students at master’s level and those wishing to go onto higher degrees. Additional specialised training courses are also available during the academic year.

To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma, students must pursue 120 credits, or 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate. (Specific regulations apply – please note that not all programmes offer these exit qualifications.) CHOOSING A PROGRAMME The University offers a range of postgraduate taught degrees, including the MA, MSc, and LLM. You can pursue a postgraduate course in the same subject as your undergraduate degree or, in many cases, outside it.


FAST TRACK If you are a current Swansea

University student in your final year of undergraduate study you can apply to study on an eligible master’s course via fast-track. It’s quick and easy, and you’ll receive a decision within 48 working hours!

CONVERSION COURSES If you want to change the direction of your

studies or career path, you have the option as a postgraduate student to move away from the area you studied at undergraduate level by studying a conversion course. These courses allow graduates of any subject area to study a postgraduate master’s course without any previous relevant qualifications. We have a diverse selection of conversion courses available in finance, science, engineering, health science, medicine, law, business management and arts and humanities. CAN I STUDY PART-TIME? Master’s, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates can normally be studied on a full-time or part-time basis in a wide variety of subject areas. You are encouraged to contact the academic department in question before applying. Look out for the PT symbol on the course pages.

IS A POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT DEGREE RIGHT FOR ME? Yes, if you want to: • Enhance your career prospects • Acquire new and specialised skills • Prepare for a research degree • Develop your subject knowledge of your first degree subject • Study an entirely new subject


MEDIUM OF WELSH You may present research work in the Welsh language if your supervisors are able to oversee work through the medium of Welsh.



As a research student, you will normally undertake some training in research methods before embarking on your programme of research. You will have an academic supervisor who will advise and support the direction of your research for the duration of the degree, and a co-supervisor will provide additional support as required.

Research degrees are academically rigorous programmes that require in-depth study of a topic for a sustained period of time. The award of a doctorate or other research degree recognises the commitment of successful candidates, the high-level skills they have gained, and their ability to present original research that furthers understanding of the subject matter.

91 %


(Research Excellence Framework 2021)


CHOOSING A RESEARCH TOPIC Research degrees, especially

• That the supervisor is enthused and motivated by the topic. • That you move smoothly into an appropriate research group (where applicable). • That you complete and write up your research within the required timeframe.

Even if you have a more developed research proposal in mind, we recommend that you approach the relevant Admissions Tutor for advice. Applicants are partnered with potential supervisors at an early stage. This is vital to ensure: • That you receive the advice and guidance you need to decide whether or not a research degree at Swansea University is right for you.

at MPhil and PhD level, are very different from undergraduate and taught master’s programmes as there is no defined list of courses to choose from. MPhil and PhD degrees can be pursued on any academic topic, as long as the faculty you are applying to has the expertise to guide and supervise your study.


WHICH RESEARCH DEGREE? The University offers a number of research degrees, including: PhD: PhD students undertake supervised research over three to four years full-time or six to seven years part-time. Research is then presented in the form of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity to pursue original research and should represent a distinct and significant contribution to the subject. The first year of registration for a PhD is a period of official probation, requiring departmental assessment before the candidate is allowed to proceed. MPhil: May be completed in two to three years’ full-time study (four to five years part-time). Candidates are required to submit a thesis of up to 60,000 words and assessment is in the form of an oral examination (viva). Subject to academic requirement, there may be opportunities for students to upgrade from MPhil to PhD during the course of their studies. MA/MSc by Research: Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up into a thesis of 30,000 words. MRes: The aim of the MRes (Master of Research) is to provide relevant training to acquire the

which presents the outcome of a significant research project (worth 120 credits). DBA: The Management DBA typically is a four year, part-time programme, consisting of six modules, plus a thesis. Each module is structured around a three-day intensive teaching block, plus a variety of online support from the teaching teams and doctoral supervisors. EdD: The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) offers students the opportunity to approach issues in education in a professional and critical manner at doctoral level. (For course information – see page 85). EngD: The Engineering Doctorate provides graduates with the skills and experience to become industry and academic leaders and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The four year doctorate research programme consists of an industry led research project that is complimented with taught technical, research and professional skills-based modules that are assessed by a mixture of coursework assignments and examinations. ‘Research Engineers’ conduct their research in collaboration with an industrial partner and Swansea University, the project is written up into a thesis of not more than 100,000 words and assessed via an oral (viva voce) examination.

IS A RESEARCH DEGREE RIGHT FOR ME? Yes, if you want to: • Pursue a career in academia or research • Explore an individual topic in depth • Acquire extensive and specialised research skills • Enhance your career prospects Find out more about the range of university, faculty and student research communities you can get involved with as a postgraduate research student: s wansea.ac.uk/research/ research-with-us/ postgraduate-research HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? The Postgraduate Admissions Office is happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. For further information please email:  pgradmissions@ swansea.ac.uk

knowledge, techniques and understanding needed for a professional career, or for

progression to higher academic studies, normally a PhD. The MRes is achieved through a combination of taught modules (worth 60 credits) and a research thesis


MD: In addition to the PhD, the Medical School offers the postgraduate degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) through supervised research within individual research groups. DProf: Typically four years full-time, six years part-time, a Professional Doctorate is a research degree structured around a particular area of professional practice. You will follow a programme of directed study, including periods of approved professional/industrial practice and training, together with a programme of research. Assessment includes a thesis of up to 80,000 words. The degree ensures that the candidate’s profession and workplace interconnect throughout

We recognise the crucial contribution that research staff make to our internationally excellent and world-leading research. The success of our research staff underpins our ambition which will drive forward research quality, create a suitable environment for research to flourish, whilst ensuring that the impact of our research is maximised. To this end, we are committed to providing a genuinely supportive environment and culture, where researchers can thrive both professionally and personally.

the whole programme, so that research conducted is relevant to their own practice and workplace. CAN I STUDY PART-TIME? Part-time study is possible for UK and international students*, but you are encouraged to contact the academic department in question before applying. Look out for the PT symbol on the course pages. *Please visit our website for conditions. HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AWARD Swansea University proudly holds the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of our commitment to support the career development of research staff.



Swansea is home to a thriving research community combining world leading research with a welcoming, inclusive, collaborative ethos, and a focus on research which has real-world benefits. Our Postgraduate Research Office coordinates interdisciplinary postgraduate researcher activities and support across the University. We work to ensure you have the best possible experience by providing access to funding and development opportunities, providing training and resources to develop your professional and research skills, and supporting student-led events and activities. SUPPORTING YOUR DEVELOPMENT We offer a comprehensive researcher development programme supporting you to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to excel in your research and your future career.

TRAINING FRAMEWORK Our training framework, made up of ten different themes, is designed to support your research and professional development at every stage of your candidature.


• M anaging Information and Data • Presentation and Public Engagement • Leadership and Working with Others

• Impact and


• Teaching and Demonstrating • Career Planning and Progress

• Academic Writing • Research Methods • Safety, Integrity and Ethics

• Resilience, Problem Solving and Personal Effectiveness

Each theme has workshops, resources and opportunities at different levels, tailored to the stage of your candidature or level of experience: Engage: Introducing students near the beginning of their candidature to the tools needed to ensure their research journey starts in the best possible way. Explore: Developing skills for those in the middle of candidature, introducing new research techniques and tools, exploring the impact of research and supporting their engagement with the wider research community. Enhance: Supporting students coming to the end of their research degree to complete their research and plan for their future whether inside or outside academia.


Skills and Development programme Our development programme encompasses a variety of elements, ranging from formal training to workshops with external experts to immersive opportunities which allow you to apply and reflect on your skills. The postgraduate team work closely with specialist teams across the University to provide wellbeing and careers support and activities which are tailored to postgraduate research needs. Postgraduate researchers also have access to bespoke individual support from across the institution in a variety of areas including research, accessing grants and funding, and employability. Opportunities Postgraduate research students at Swansea have plenty of internship and work placement opportunities available to help boost their research and employability skill set. The University also has a number of paid teaching assistant roles for postgraduate research students, work under the direction of module leads to contribute to the delivery of high quality, interactive learning experiences. This offers an excellent opportunity to develop the teaching skills and broaden the knowledge of teaching and learning in Higher Education, developing key employability skills and preparing you for a future academic role. There are also opportunities to get involved with outreach projects, sharing your research with school pupils to inspire them.

The Research Community The University is home to a diverse, welcoming community of postgraduate researchers with regular pan-University events offering the opportunity to network and build links outside of your specialism. Postgraduate researchers also join staff in taking part in our annual Research as Art competition, where you distil your research down to one picture and a 150-word description, providing a platform to convey the importance of your research and help engage others in research. Celebrating postgraduate researchers The work and achievements of postgraduate research students is showcased and celebrated in our annual Postgraduate Research (PGR) Festival. This allows postgraduate researchers to share their work with the whole research community through student led events. The PGR Festival includes the PGR Showcase, featuring the Swansea final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition where postgraduate researchers from across the University present their research to a multidisciplinary audience in just three minutes. The PGR Showcase also offers postgraduate researchers the opportunity to present their research visually by taking part in the PGR Poster Competition and culminates in the PGR Awards.

The contribution of postgraduate research students is recognised across the University. Our Research and Innovation Awards features an award for postgraduate researchers, the Research Innovation Rising Star award, the University’s quarterly research magazine, Momentum, has a ‘PGR Spotlight’ feature, and the research and achievements of our postgraduate researchers is regularly highlighted across the University.

Funding We offer several fully funded

postgraduate research opportunities for students pursuing PhD, MPhil, MRes or Master’s by Research across a number of disciplines.


 swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ scholarships/research


Research excellence scholarships and awards As part of Swansea’s commitment to supporting the very best researcher talent we offer a number of fully funded PhDs across disciplines through our flagship programmes: the Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships (SURES) and Swansea University Strategic Partner Research Scholarships (SUSPRS). Both scholarships offer a number of fully funded PhD places to researchers wanting to develop their ideas, alongside providing excellent supervision and equipping doctoral researchers with the skills to complete their thesis within three years. SURES recognises excellent academic achievement and aims to attract the very best research talent from across all subject areas to Swansea University.

As a world leading research institution, we are part of a number of prestigious UKRI funded doctoral initiatives. We bring together experts and support our doctoral students to become the leading researchers of tomorrow in a supportive environment with access to additional development opportunities such as working or studying overseas and placements with industry partners. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) As part of the ESRC Wales DTP Swansea hosts eleven pathways: Bilingualism, Criminology, Data Science, Health and Wellbeing, Digital Economy and Society, Economics, Empirical Studies in Law, Human Geography, Linguistics, Management and Business, Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Science. Students are recruited in two ways: Collaborative Call, in which you can apply for predetermined projects that include non-academic partners and General Call, in which you can develop your PhD studentship proposal. Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Collaborative studentships hosted by Swansea University include partners such as the NSPCC, the NHS, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Welsh Government, Brecon Beacons National Park, Welsh Water, Oxford University Press and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

SUSPRS offers joint partnership PhDs with the student usually spending 50% of their time with the partner institution. The scholarships cover tuition fees and an annual stipend, and an allowance to support immersive training experiences, engagement with industry, international collaborative opportunities and cohort building. As part of our excellence portfolio

we recognise and celebrate academic attainment through the James Callaghan awards, providing current Swansea research students funding to

further their research. Doctoral training

partnerships and centres Through collaboration with other leading universities and industry partners, we are developing the next generation of pioneering researchers in future-facing disciplines, from AI and materials manufacturing, to social sciences and policy.


The DTP prepares doctoral students for their future careers through a rewarding programme of skills training, immersive opportunities and access to leading researchers across universities. This enables its doctoral students to address vital challenges and change the way that society, the environment and the economy work. Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems Housed in the state-of-the-art Computational Foundry at Swansea University, with a mission to change the world via world-class research that focuses on amplifying human capabilities using data driven, and intelligence enabled systems. Successful candidates will be nurtured by multidisciplinary supervisors and work alongside a rich and diverse set of partners – including Facebook, Siemens, Tata Steel, NHS and Google. The Centre celebrates the importance of diverse perspectives in creating future AI and big data technologies that serve society effectively and welcome applications from anyone who feels they can help in the Centre’s mission. Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC) AIMLAC aims to create the next generation of AI innovators across a broad range of STEMM disciplines focusing on three research themes: data from large science facilities; biological, health and clinical sciences; and novel mathematical, physical, and computer science approaches. Knowledge exchange and multidisciplinary working is at the heart of the CDT with a strong emphasis on cohort training, joint supervision, peer-to-peer interaction and student mentoring. Research projects are embedded within one of the themes, with supervisory support across themes, to develop new synergies. Applications are encouraged from candidates from a diverse background that can positively contribute to the future of our society.



Many members of our four thousand-strong postgraduate community are former undergraduate students who enjoyed their time in Swansea so much, they chose to stay! There’s lots of benefits to staying with us in Swansea to study your postgraduate degree: 1. You’ll already be familiar with the University, its campuses and surrounding areas. 2. Having already studied with us, you’ll know all the best places to live, study, eat or relax! 3. You’ll still be able to access the extensive range of services offered by departments such as the Swansea Employability Academy, Centre for Academic Success and MyUniHub. 4.You may already know several of your postgraduate coursemates, and you may even be able to continue living with former flatmates. 5. Swansea’s range of conversion courses allow you to study for your postgraduate degree in a completely new subject area. 6. If you choose to study in the same subject area, you can continue to build on your working relationship with academic lecturers and mentors, further developing your specialist knowledge. 7. As a current Swansea student, you’ll complete a much shorter application form for your chosen postgraduate course via Fast Track.

BECKY GREENWAY MA International Journalism student “I chose to complete my master’s degree at Swansea University because of the wonderful experience I had studying my undergrad degree here. Also, an important factor to me when deciding where to do my postgraduate course was employability and Swansea is known for its dedication to student employability. The biggest difference between my undergraduate and postgraduate experiences would be the level of difficulty at the higher level. However, at Swansea there is always help available to you from your lecturers, supervisors, library staff, and others who help you feel supported throughout your studies. My advice for undergraduates currently studying at Swansea who are thinking about staying on for their postgraduate would be to attend a postgraduate open day to find out more about courses and opportunities available to Swansea postgraduate students”.

Some of our current students share their experiences of transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate study:


HYWEL EVANS MPhys Physics graduate

“I finished my MPhys Physics integrated master’s degree and decided to stay in Swansea for a PhD working in an antimatter laboratory. I was successful in obtaining a bursary which funded my studies and worked as a Postgraduate Demonstrator for teaching experience, which also brought in additional funds. Being a postgraduate researcher is similar to being in employment and required more time commitment than my undergraduate studies and it’s good preparation for full-time employment. I have learnt a lot of practical skills, alongside presenting to specialists at conferences around the world (Belfast, Dundee, Geneva and Belgrade). This has improved my abilities and helped me to be successful at job interviews for when I’m finished. Swansea University had all the tools I needed to succeed academically and is so close to great parks and beaches – I didn’t want to study anywhere else”.

HOPE HENRY Applied Medical Sciences graduate “Following my undergraduate degree at Swansea in Applied Medical Sciences, staying to study Graduate Entry Medicine seemed like my natural next step. During my undergrad, Swansea had been incredible, with such a friendly community of staff and students and with access to a plethora of support services and social opportunities, including societies and volunteering. Swansea University also has such stunning surroundings with gorgeous beaches on our doorstep that really are second to none, especially with the close proximity to the Mumbles, Three Cliffs, Langland, Caswell and Bracelet Bay. Swansea sports, a great student life, encouraging balancing academia with exploring its idyllic settings and excellent nightlife, which coupled with the Medical School’s incredible reputation had me sold for another four years. Staying at Swansea was a no brainer. I love it here and it feels like home so why would I want to go anywhere else ? ”



Swansea University is committed to rewarding its students in recognition of their academic and non-academic excellence, and have on offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to help towards the cost of study. Income-related bursaries are also available, together with funding towards studying in another country if chosen as part of a degree programme. For further information, to check your eligibility or make an application please visit:

Funding Talk – Part 1


Funding Talk – Part 2

Funding Talk – Part 3


Government funding available for master’s and PhD programmes*




(Available to taught master’s students only) MUSICAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP* £1,000

Terms and conditions apply – please visit: swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships *Details for 2023-24 funding to be confirmed



We commit to a significant investment in postgraduate education. In 2020/21 over £8 million in scholarships and bursaries were available to study postgraduate courses at Swansea University. Our master’s scholarships are available across all academic colleges and schools and advertised throughout the year, offering funding to UK, EU and International students.

TUITION FEES Tuition fees are determined by your year of study, the type of course you are undertaking and your country of domicile. You will be asked to pay your fees, or show evidence of sponsorship, before or during enrolment. You can find tuition fee details for each course on our website:  swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate Tuition fees are subject to annual increases and the new rates are published on our website as soon as they become available. If you would like more information on the fees payable for your particular programme, please contact the Student Finance Office on: +44 (0)1792 602700 studentfinance@swansea.ac.uk Please check our Fees and Funding web page before making an application to study at Swansea.  swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ fees-and-funding Please note, for the MRes Biosciences programme, a bench

FUNDING There are now more ways than ever to fund your postgraduate studies. As well as the scholarships and bursaries that Swansea University provides, postgraduate funding is available from numerous organisations, including the Student Loans Company, research councils, industry and charities. Many postgraduate students fund their studies through ‘portfolio funding’ in which they gather funds from a variety of sources. Examples of the types of funding available include: POSTGRADUATE GOVERNMENT FUNDING Postgraduate government funding is available to all UK and eligible EU domiciled students (with settled or pre-settled status) studying master’s and PhD level courses at a UK university. The method of application and amount you could receive is dependent on your country of domicile. You can find all the latest information on our website:  swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ fees-and-funding/pg-loans SWANSEA UNIVERSITY MASTER’S SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES We advertise a range of master’s scholarships and bursaries throughout the academic year.

All opportunities are listed on the following website, and are updated regularly:  swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ scholarships/taught RESEARCH PROGRAMME SCHOLARSHIPS Swansea University research scholarships are listed via the link below. (Please note that this web page is updated throughout the year.)  swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ scholarships/research Details of how to apply for a scholarship are listed on each individual advert. INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS In recognition of the high calibre of many international students choosing to study at Swansea University and to reward academic excellence, we have launched the prestigious International Excellence Scholarships offering up to £4,000 for eligible postgraduate taught courses. For further information, please visit:  swansea.ac.uk/international- students/my-finances

fee of £1,000 is required in addition to the tuition fee.


THE ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO POSTGRADUATE FUNDING A resource written by two postgraduate students who, between them have won over £45,000 from 55 different charity awards. The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding contains a huge database of funding opportunities, guidance, and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. Swansea has paid for a licence for you to be able to access the Guide. Email alternative.funding.guide@ swansea.ac.uk and we will send you an email with instructions to get access to the Guide.

INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI POSTGRADUATE BURSARY SCHEME International students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree at Swansea University will be considered for a bursary (dependent on subject area) towards postgraduate tuition fees. The scheme is open to eligible candidates applying for a taught or research degree at Swansea University. FACULTY SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Many of our academic faculties also offer additional scholarships and bursaries for taught and research programmes. Scholarships and bursaries become available throughout the year and we advertise them on our website. You can be the first to know about the funding opportunities we offer by visiting: swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/ scholarships INTERNATIONAL CRISIS FUND We have also established a small fund to provide emergency assistance for international students who face financial difficulties not anticipated at the start of the course, and not within their control. CHARITIES, FOUNDATIONS AND TRUSTS A large number of charities, foundations and trusts award funding for postgraduate study. Details can be found in The Grants Register (published by Palgrave Macmillan) and The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (published by the Directory of Social Change), both of which should be available in your university careers service and local library.

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN There are plenty of part-time jobs to be found in and around Swansea, and the Swansea Employability Academy has information on a wide range of opportunities for temporary and part-time work, as well as summer placements and internships. For further information, please visit: m yuni.swansea.ac.uk/ employment-zone SUPPORT FOR CARE LEAVERS We administer and deliver the Care Leavers Support Package, a comprehensive range of measures to help care leavers settle in and focus on their studies. Eligible postgraduate students can receive a postgraduate Care Leaver bursary which is a one off payment per course. SWANSEA UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITY AWARD The hardship fund is intended to support students through any unexpected or difficult financial circumstances whilst at university. Each application will be considered and assessed on an individual basis, with the strictest confidentiality by our expert advisors. For further information, please visit: swansea.ac.uk/money-campuslife

MONEY ADVICE AND SUPPORT The Money@CampusLife team provide guidance on all areas of student funding, including: • Grants, loans, bursaries and welfare benefits • Helping you to manage your money • Supporting care leavers • Opportunity Award • Helping you to draw up a realistic budget • Debt advice

+44 (0)1792 606699




At Swansea University we are extremely proud of our graduates. When you study with us, you’ll join the thousands of alumni who have used their experiences at Swansea to make their mark on the world. Many have gone on to achieve great success in their careers, becoming business leaders, sporting champions, undertaking ground-breaking research, or finding their place in the limelight. Here we share some of their inspirational stories.

RAWAN TAHA , MSc Public Health and Health Promotion. Class of 2018. EIRA FRANCIS DAVIES SCHOLAR. HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS FELLOW. CLIMATE CHANGE COMBATANT. “As a young scholarly African woman, I was looking for a university that provided opportunities for young leaders like myself. My advice to current students is to use university time to become beyond your degree, beyond your thesis and beyond your transcripts. Only then will you be able to get a job and live a life that is beyond your expectations”. swansea.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-profiles /rawan-taha

KATE MCMURDO, LLM Legal Practice and Advanced Drafting. Class of 2019. DISABILITY RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER. EDUCATION ACTIVIST. SUPERMUM. “I realised that if I wanted to change things and really challenge the system, I needed to understand the law and be a part of the change that I wanted to see. I thought that if I trained to become a barrister, perhaps I could advocate for families facing injustice and discrimination”. s wansea.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-profiles/ kate-mcmurdo


DAVID SMITH, MEng Aerospace Engineering. Class of 2014. PARALYMPIAN. “I wanted to study Aerospace Engineering and the staff around the course, the general atmosphere and the beach were the main draw. Some of my favourite memories include the study trips that involved flying – like the flying lab at Cranfieldor flying around the Gower”. Receiving his first Paralympic gold just before fresher’s week, World and Paralympic Champion, David aims to dominate in the sport of Boccia and won his fifth Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2021. s wansea.ac.uk/alumni/alumni-profiles/david-smith ALEX RUDDY, MBBCh Medicine (Graduate Entry). Class of 2019. STEPPED UP TO WORK AS A FRONTLINE MEDIC DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. “The prospect of beginning my career as a doctor a few months early filled me with a sense of nervous duty. We had trained for this moment for four years – and working towards it for much longer, and above the sense of personal fear or anxiety I think we were all eager to apply ourselves to the crisis and help our NHS during a time of immense need”. swansea.ac.uk/centenary2020/century-of-inspiring-people/ alex-ruddy

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ON YOUR DOORSTEP On the Gower Peninsula you can unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches and explore unspoilt countryside, with the Brecon Beacons National Park just a 30 minute drive away. The region has some of the UK’s best locations for coastal path walks, surfing, cycling, watersports, rock climbing and golf; for the adventure sport enthusiast to the lazy walk on the beach, there’s something for everyone. MUMBLES Birthplace of Catherine Zeta-Jones, the quaint village of Mumbles is host to a great variety of shops, cafés, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. Take a stroll and enjoy an ice cream at one of the many parlours dotted along the promenade or grab a bite to eat at one of the seafront cafés or restaurants overlooking Swansea Bay. SHOPPING Shop big high street names as well as independent boutiques, specialist shops and traditional arcades. You can visit designer boutiques in Mumbles, shop vintage outlets in Uplands or pick up a bargain in Wales’ largest indoor market in the heart of the city.


I do like a good market, and I am lucky that where I live in the Uplands, we have a monthly market where local growers, producers, farmers and caterers sell their wares. This is a cute little market, so if like me you love food and trinkets give it a visit! Joanna Wolton, PhD student productions, mainstream and alternative cinema screenings, a restaurant, bar, and the award-winning Egypt Centre, home to a collection of over 5,000 Egyptian antiquities. CULTURE ARTS Swansea is a vibrant centre for art and The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is widely recognised as the city’s premier venue for art exhibitions. All national museums and art galleries in Wales are free to enter, so you can soak up our history and join one of the many trips organised by Swansea University’s Students’ Union. THE TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE The Taliesin Arts Centre sits at the heart of the Singleton Park Campus and hosts regular

Brecon Beacons, Wales

MUSIC & FESTIVALS Wales is famed as the ‘land of song’ and as a student at Swansea University you won’t be disappointed by the range of music on offer across the city! Swansea boasts a huge variety of music venues and plays host to a number of music festivals and events throughout the year. The new 3,500 capacity Swansea Arena opened in March 2022 and is set to host a range of performances across music, comedy, theatre and e-sports. ENTERTAINMENT

HOME OF DYLAN THOMAS Swansea’s most famous son, Dylan Thomas, said: “Swansea is still the best” and the poet’s legacy can be found throughout

the city from cafe´s to pubs and parks.






















Find out more from our current and recently graduated postgraduate students who share their own experiences of both academic and student life here at Swansea Uni. Watch our student videos, listen to our podcasts and follow our social media channels for useful tips on everything from: life after your undergraduate degree, to the ‘Three Minute Thesis’, and what it’s like to live in Swansea.


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There are so many students just like you at Swansea University. Visit our Student Stories webpage to search and discover hundreds of student stories and find out more about the Swansea experience. swansea.ac.uk/study/our-student-stories


How did your degree prepare you for your career?

It gave me core knowledge about English shipping law, ability to work under pressure and developed my legal writing skills. It granted me freedom and flexibility to apply public health disciplines to issues that I am passionate about. What advice would you give to those who want to pursue your career? It was the right decision to come to the UK to study international shipping law, as it was heavily based on English shipping law. Swansea University is a very good place to learn about this field. If you want to be a hard-core shipping lawyer in the future, you are advised to learn more about ships, their structure, history, and technical knowledge. It would be great if you found some captain friends to tell you about their sea adventures too!

VINCENT ZHANG, LLM International Maritime Law

How would you describe your time at the university in one sentence? • Teachers’ willingness to be surrounded by students and answer tons of questions after each class • Challenging short coursework that must have been completed within 24 hours • Rhossili Bay

What is your favourite thing about your course? Welcoming department, course content and lecturers What are you planning/hoping to do after you graduate? I would like to pursue further studies and conduct a Physical Geography PhD.

Top 3 favourite things about Swansea:

• Close to the Gower • Singleton area is nice • Close to green spaces Why did you choose to study your degree at Swansea?

TANYA MARIE TROTT, MSc Environmental Dynamics and Climate Change

I chose my degree based on course content, I wanted a degree that had a nice cross-over of environmental modelling and knowledge on practical environmental science and climate change.


Why did you decide to study MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering?

Electrical and electronic engineers work at the forefront of practical technology, improving the devices and systems we use every day. I know that this degree will stand me in good stead for my future, whatever career path I decide to take. Why did you choose to study your degree at Swansea? My favourite thing is that I was taught by experts in their fields. A variety of teaching methods such as lectures, lab sessions, and independent study create an optimum learning environment for me. I like the modules Swansea University set for the course. Moreover, there are modules related to the power system, power electronics, semiconductor and nanotechnology, which means students could find out which path is their favourite. What are you planning/hoping to do after doing your Postgraduate Research? I look forward to an opportunity to begin my career in real-life power system engineering and give full play to my professional expertise.

ESTHER MAGANO NANTANA, MSc Public Health and Health Promotion

Top 3 favourite things about Swansea: • It’s a quiet and peaceful city • Friendly people • Safety Why did you choose to study your degree at Swansea? Swansea’s health courses come highly recommended and rated. The coursework for the programme is focused on theoretical aspects, which is great for research. What is your favourite thing about your course? It grants me freedom and flexibility to apply public health disciplines on to issues that I am passionate about. What are you planning/hoping to do after you graduate? I am hoping to work in research and policy informing interventions for ending intimate partner violence and violence against women. Have you lived in halls during your studies? Yes, in Hendrefoilan Student Village. It is a great space for postgrad students who want to focus on their studies with minimal distractions.

ERIC WEN, PhD Electronic and Electrical Engineering



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