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The university

Founded by industry in 1920 Swansea University (SU) delivers world impacting research, and is ranked 22nd in the UK (REF 2014.) SU is a vibrant, research-led university at the forefront of academic and scientific discovery, which is based across 2 campus, Singleton, which is set within historic parkland overlooking Swansea Bay and the brand new Bay Innovation and Science campus, on the eastern approach to the City which opened in September 2015.

SU is a thriving academic community with over 15000 students, undertaking more than 500 undergraduate and 130 postgraduate courses. As a result the University provides world-leading research, innovation and educational in an enviable working and learning environment.

The school

Civil Engineering at Swansea is unique in the United Kingdom in that it has combined the maximum research rating possible (5* in 2001) with the award of Excellence in Teaching through the Teaching Quality Assessment Exercise.

Thus you can be assured of getting the best resources and teaching staff in the country. Our research and development centre, specialising in computer methods for the solution of engineering problems, is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world. This is why we have been part of the design teams for the NASA space shuttle and the record breaking THRUST Supersonic Car, amongst many other major projects. This gives YOU, the student, an immediate advantage when it comes to future employment or study. You reap the benefits of being a part of that same cutting-edge team.

We have a well-earned, international reputation for innovation of new techniques in Civil Engineering analysis and design. Thus, we attract eminent engineers from all over the world, whose input enhances our already global position.

We have approximately 80 students registered on our postgraduate research and taught courses and have an outstanding worldwide reputation for research in computational modelling applied to many areas of engineering and its academic staff members are internationally leading experts in this field. The School boasts state-of-the-art computer infrastructure and laboratories.

Civil Engineering at Swansea provides the ideal environment for research and taught masters programmes in the area of computational engineering.

The city

Cosmopolitan, convenient, contemporary- Swansea is a modern city with a maritime feel. Living here brings you all the benefits of living in a city, and the benefits of living by the sea.

From the Maritime Quarter with its beautiful marina scenery, exhibitions, places to eat and the beach beyond; to the town centre with its shops, multi-screen cinema featuring the latest film releases, bowling centre, museum, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and the Grand Theatre which presents live performances all year round and is one of Britain's finest regional theatres; there is always plenty to do.

At night, the city comes to life with its wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, many situated in the vibrant Wind Street, and the nearby village of Mumbles with its famous pub mile!

The University Campus is set between acres of green parkland and miles of sea and sand. It is a truly stunning location, just a couple of miles from the city centre and within easy reach of the beautiful Gower countryside and beaches. Founded in 1920, Swansea's thriving academic community is made up of over 10,500 students, of which over 2,000 are postgraduates, studying a wide variety of subjects.

For Sports Enthusiasts our modern sports centre includes a fully equipped gym, multi-purpose sports hall, squash courts and a climbing wall. Next to this you will find our state-of-the-art 50m Wales National Pool, Swansea. Outdoor facilities include rugby, football, lacrosse, cricket pitches and tennis courts. In addition, surfing and canoeing conditions on the Gower beaches are excellent.

For Arts enthusiasts the Taliesin Arts centre, based in the heart of campus, offers a lively programme of drama, dance concerts and an eclectic mix of films, including award winning foreign language titles not usually shown in mainstream cinema. What makes the city of Swansea so easy is its manageable size. Nothing is too far away from the centre. Regular buses run to and from the city centre and good coach, rail and motorway connections provide excellent links to many other cities in the UK.

Other useful information

Living in Wales

Living costs in Swansea are competitive to the rest of Britain. For information on the types of costs you may need to budget for, visit this website.


Swansea is ideally located for travel. A train from Swansea to London takes only 3 hours and you can take a ferry to Cork.


Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK.

Academic Services


Academic Services is responsible for the areas of academic administration for taught programmes and postgraduate research, collaborative provision, discipline, examinations, graduation, regulations and quality, as well as being home to the University's Welsh Translation Unit. Headed by the Director of Academic Services, Adrian Novis, it has a dedicated Student Liaison section and reception where students and staff can obtain advice or gain access to a number of services, including printing and dissertation/thesis binding.

In addition, any queries that might result in having to change your personal or academic details may have to be referred to Academic Services. For further information on what the Department offers see


Swansea has a good range of accommodation for new postgraduate students and priority is given to international students. For further information about accommodation at Swansea see

In addition, information on accommodation at the bay campus can be found at

Student Support Services


Student Support Services is part of the Student Services Directorate alongside Residential Services (Accommodation Office) and the English Language Training Service (ELTS). It offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ to provide information, advice and support to students and staff working with them. It comprises:

  • Disability Office
  • International Student Advisory Service (ISAS)
  • Money Advice - Student Financial Aid Office
  • Student Counselling Service
  • For further information on what services the office provide see

    Please note that each year the Student Services department at Swansea runs a meet and greet service to Heathrow on the weekend prior to the start of term. For more information see prior to the start of the September term.

    International Student Advisory Service (ISAS)


    The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) provides information, advice and support on non-academic matters to all international (non-UK) students and their dependants. The service operates according to the UKCISA / AISA Code of Ethics for those advising international students and the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. Common areas of advice include UK immigration, travelling in the EU, financial hardship, employment regulations and advice regarding visiting friends and family. ISAS operates the Home Office Batch Scheme to assist students with extending their visas, and arranges Police Registration on campus. Specific induction sessions are arranged for international students.

    The International Student Handbook is produced each year and sent to prospective students. It is also available on the University website at