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A World-Class, Research-led University: Discover Swansea University

Do you want to become part of an active university community that is overcoming global challenges?

With world-renowned academics, leading facilities and excellence awards in both research and teaching, Swansea University will provide you with a dynamic research environment for your postgraduate studies that is internationally recognised for its quality and impact.

Our most recent accolades include:

  • 8 Subjects Ranked in Times Higher Education World Rankings 2022
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2021
  • UK Top 30 Research (Research Excellence Framework 2014-2021)
  • 13 Subjects Ranked in QS World Rankings 2021
  • Over £8 million awarded in postgraduate scholarships

Here’s six reasons why you should study for your postgraduate research degree at Swansea:

1. A World-Class Research University

Come join our thriving academic community and be part of our world-impacting research. We are ranked 22nd in the UK for the impact of our research and 26th in the UK for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework, 2014-2021). As a top 30 research-intensive university, we have achieved our ambition to have over 90% of our research recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent. Our research is making a real global impact on business, industry, healthcare, technology, culture and the well-being of society. Browse some of our most recent research highlights and be inspired.

2. A Range of Research Programmes

We offer research programmes in a variety of subject areas. With a large supervisory team in every academic department, you’ll have the flexibility to specialise in a variety of research topics and a choice of expertise. Many of our programmes are available on a part-time basis, giving you the option to choose when and where you study. Browse previous students’ research projects.

3. Funding Opportunities

We recognise the importance of funding your studies which is why last year we offered over £8 million in postgraduate funding. Every year, we offer a large number of fully funded PhD scholarships. Each scholarship typically provides the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a yearly stipend for the duration of your studies. PhD loans of up to £27,265 are also available for eligible English and Welsh students studying with us. The money is paid directly to you, and can be used towards the cost of your tuition fees and/or living expenses.

4. Outstanding Supervisors and Support

All of our research students are encouraged to attend a series of dedicated skills development courses. Courses such as Presentation Skills and Public Engagement, and Career Planning and Progress, are designed to support you in your studies, as well as prepare you for your future career.

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5. A Vibrant Postgraduate Community

As a student at Swansea, you’ll join our 4,000 strong postgraduate community. While independent research might be lonely, Swansea brings its postgraduates together to create a supportive, vibrant community where students can socialise and collaborate outside of the classroom. You will have many opportunities to meet students from across our faculties and get involved with postgraduate activities and projects, including our PGR Showcase, Three Minute Thesis Competition, PGR Society and Research Groups and Centres.

6. Captivating Coastlines and City Living

Swansea offers the best of both worlds; it combines the hustle and bustle of the city and the scenic beauty of the beach. Both campuses are just a short walk or bus ride away from Swansea’s city centre, which offers a variety of high street and independent shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment options. Venture a little further and you can unwind in the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—the Gower Peninsula—and relax on award-winning beaches and discover unspoilt countryside

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Why not join us at our next Postgraduate Virtual Open Day and discover Swansea and its dynamic community for yourself?

Interestsed in studying for a PhD at Swansea and want to find out more? Our handy handy introduction to postgraduate study guides can help point you in the right direction.




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The College of Engineering is at the forefront of world leading multidisciplinary research that is innovative and makes a real difference.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 73% of academic staff in the College of Engineering were classed as producing research of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) quality. Using weighted averages, this places the School eighth in the UK and first in Wales when compared to other Faculties and Schools of Engineering. Particular highlights include Civil Engineering at Swansea ranked second in the UK for research quality, General Engineering ranked joint fifth, and Materials Engineering joint eighth.

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Biosciences undertakes research of relevance to a wide range of fields of study from molecular and cellular through to environmental.

The diverse habitats available locally set Swansea apart for study and research. These habitats are located on the nearby Gower Peninsula, in the Swansea Valley and further afield in the Brecon Beacons.

Biosciences is involved in several major new research initiatives. Firstly, it is hosting the Aquaculture Wales initiative. This £2.34 million programme is designed to develop aquaculture within Wales. As a result, a £2 million Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research building opened in June 2005 facilitates research on fish and shellfish using state-of the-art recirculation technology. Secondly, Biosciences, together with Geography, are developing the multidisciplinary Institute for Environmental Sustainability that will provide additional research facilities of relevance to environmental research.

Biosciences occupies modern laboratories in two linked buildings, with an adjoining greenhouse complex. There is an extensive range of modern analytical equipment, workshops, and specialised culture facilities for a wide range of organisms. We also run an open-circulation marine aquarium, an insectary, and a custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, the RV Noctiluca.

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Our aim is to be one of the foremost international centres for research in human and physical geography, and to provide our students with excellent teaching in a friendly atmosphere. Our students voted Swansea the "Best Student Experience" in the UK, and we take pride in offering our students intellectually exciting courses and a great campus life in a vibrant city by the sea.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of Swansea's research in Geography was judged to be of international quality, and 60% was regarded as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

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Research Strengths
Staff research interests and strengths encompass:

Stochastic analysis:
Quantum physics; functional integrals; stochastic differential equations and applications; Brownian
motion; statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; large deviations and renormalisation group theory; partial differential equations and applications; mathematics of finance; stochastic delay-differential equations; functional inequalities; transport problems.

Diffusions, Markov Processes and Martingales:
Stochastic processes and applications, including applications to Wiener-Hopf theory; quantum probability and quantum computing.

Lévy-type Processes and Pseudodifferential Operators:
Pseudodifferential operators with continuous negative definite functions as symbols; Lptheory of sub-Markovian semigroups; function spaces related to Markov processes; fractional derivatives as
generators of jump processes; non-linear analysis for pseudo-differential operators generating Markov processes; balayage theory; construction of branching processes; mathematics of finance; numerics of stochastic differential equations with jumps.

Hopf Algebras and Integrable Systems:
Differential structures on quantum groups; the functional Bethe Ansatz; algebraic aspects of deformed gauge theories; classical and quantum solitons; braided categories.

Algebraic Topology:
Algebraic topology; K-theory and other cohomology theories; Lie groups; relations with number theory
and algebra.

Partial Differential Equations and the Calculus of Variations:
Linear and nonlinear elliptic and parabolic equations; non-linear problems and the calculus of variations; reaction-diffusion equations; Burgers-type equations; semigroups of linear operators; pseudo-differential operators; related harmonic analysis; mathematics of image processing; analysis of composite and smart materials.

Research opportunities:
PhD, MPhil, MRes, MSc by Research

RAE2008 40% of research rated
world-leading (4*) or internationally
excellent (3*)

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