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Aberystwyth University

Make new discoveries, test original theories and push boundaries with research at Aberystwyth University.

Research at Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth is a research-led university, which celebrates knowledge creation, innovation, impact and knowledge exchange. At Aberystwyth, you will be part of our vibrant research community that benefits wider society. It is both outward-looking and forward-thinking, and has an impact upon the economy, the environment, on public policy and cultural life in Wales and beyond. Our researchers are at the forefront of innovation and the impact of our research has far-reaching international benefits. From investigating glaciology, improving food quality and production, to experiences of domestic abuse relationship and even developing artificial intelligence or helping to advance space exploration.

You will be surrounded by expert academic staff who will support your development and will collaborate on aspects of your research. Our excellent teaching and research enable innovation and discovery as 95% of the research activity submitted by Aberystwyth University was of an internationally recognised standard or higher, with world leading research (4*) identified in all 17 of the Units of Assessment submitted.

*REF 2014

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The Graduate School

The Graduate School exists to support postgraduates, and to enhance the academic side of their time at Aberystywth. It oversees and supports the further development of postgraduates through the provision of facilities for postgraduates, the Researcher Development Programme, careers enhancement programme, and teacher training programme.

Click here for more information on our Graduate School.

AberDoc Scholarships

AberDoc Scholarships are part of a prestigious fund for Research Postgraduates at Aberystwyth University. These awards are tailored to enable students to develop the necessary skills required to meet their career choices and offer a breadth of development opportunities to enhance their research, teaching and transferable skills. Those awarded an AberDoc Scholarship will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees (up to the UK rate of £4,500 per annum*). A maintenance allowance of approximately £15,609 per annum* and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £1,000 per annum*) will also be provided. For more information please visit our webpage.

*Value of award is subject to confirmation for 2022-2023.

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Becoming a specialist in your chosen field is a great achievement. While you undertake this advanced level of study and research it's good to also make preparations for your next career step - whether in academia or another profession. Aberystwyth’s Careers Service is experienced in helping postgraduates identify and achieve their ambitions and is dedicated to offering a tailored and high-quality service to you, as a postgraduate, whether your requirements are precise or uncertain.

If you have questions about taught degrees, research degrees, fees or how to apply, you can visit our research FAQ page for more information.

Choose Aberystwyth University and you’ll be studying in a location like no other. A place where students have been coming since 1872, drawn by our reputation for teaching excellence and an exceptional student experience.

"By doing a research degree at Aberystwyth, students work closely together with world-leading researchers." Head of Graduate School, Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar.