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Aberystwyth University

UCAS Code: A40

Location: Aberystwyth on west coast of Wales (map 2). Show on Map

Site: 3 sites in and around town

Traditional and research-intensive institution; member of University Alliance group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:15,605
FE Students:25%


Total undergraduates:9,910
Full Time:81%
Mature on Entry:8%
UK Students:87%
State school entry:94%

Teaching Staff

320 full-time

Broad study areas

Biological sciences; computer sciences; education; English; European languages; geography & earth sciences; history; information studies; international politics; law & criminology; management & business; maths & physical sciences; psychology; rural sciences; sport & exercise science; theatre, film & TV studies; Welsh and Welsh-medium studies.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted, usually in combination with 2+ A-levels (4 AS- and 1 A-level may be acceptable in some cases). Key skills level 3 (IT, communication, application of number) if offered, count towards UCAS tariff.
Points on Entry (Mean):308
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed university accommodation.


Founded:1872, receiving charter in 1889. Founding college of Wales University, with Bangor and Cardiff in 1893.
Structural features:Part of University of Wales, though awarding its own degrees.
Site:Old College on sea front; Penglais 400-acre campus overlooking Cardigan Bay; Llanbadarn campus and accommodation within walking distance of Penglais. (Nearly all students live within walking distance of main teaching buildings.)
How to get there:Regular rail service from London Euston via Birmingham (5 hours) and coach service (Trans Cambria). For university, bus service from station (Waun Circular).
Special features:Extensive package of entrance scholarships and bursaries.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student health centre, university chapel (available for baptisms and marriages), SU student advice & counselling service, learning support unit, childcare manager, nursery, after-school club, half term and holiday schemes.
Amenities:SU houses nightclub venue, bar, travel shop, food outlets, bank, shop, etc. Over 100 societies.
Sporting facilities:50+ acres of playing fields, swimming pool, all-weather floodlit pitch, dance studio, climbing wall, 2 sports halls, squash courts, computerised technogym, health suite, weights room, boathouse at marina, equestrian centre. 45 student guild sports clubs.
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed university accommodation (50% of all students housed). 4000+ places, all with internet access: 2940 self-catering places at £78–£104 per week (£75 pw shared), 1070 catered places £108.50-£110.50 pw (£94.50-£96.50 pw shared), 31 or 39 week contracts. Students usually live in privately-owned accommodation for second year: rents approx £67–£98 pw self-catering (plus bills). Very few students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:4 libraries, with total of 750,000 volumes, 3500 periodicals, 1100 reader places; also departmental collections. Information provision, £183 pa spent for each student (FTE). Access to National Library of Wales (copyright). IT and library services converged. Approx 700 PCs available in public rooms and halls of residence, 2600 residential rooms with network access points, 700 in academic departments. IT facilities open 24 hours/day; IT support from helpdesks. Talks, tours and courses on library and information services for new students; introductory and follow-up IT courses on various software.
Other learning resources:Film, audio and video facilities; video conferencing; language laboratories. Specialist collections: 600 books printed pre-1701; private press books; first editions collection (Matthew Arnold, Swinburne and Shelley); 1747 edition of Shakespeare annotated by Samuel Johnson.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with universities across Central and Eastern Europe – many open to non-linguists.
Careers:17 full-time staff. Information, education and guidance for both students and graduates. Work experience and placements, graduate work and optional year-in-employment schemes.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £5500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Part-time work restricted to 15 hours pw during term. Some work on campus in bars and library (plus office work out of term-time); Job Link scheme helps students find work (term-time and vacation).
Financial help:Bursaries of £1100 pa for UK/EU students whose family income is up to £18.4k pa, of £950 pa where it is £18.4k−£23.6k pa, of £800 pa where it is £23.6k−£28.8k pa and of £700 pa where family income is £28.8k−£34k pa. Also scholarships and awards worth £1000 in Year 1 to £1500 pa, including music and sports awards; care leavers bursary of £1800 pa. £437,000 government funds, £16,000 own funds (average award £600). Special help for mature students, those with disabilities or childcare costs or whose financial circumstances worsen suddenly; also available for international students. Apply for help to Student Financial Support Office.
University tuition fees:Students from Wales and the EU pay £2465 pa, other UK students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £8870 pa (classroom), £11,250 (lab-based).


Academic features:

Wide range of programmes, including HND, foundation degrees and year-in-employment options. Flexible degree schemes allow students to keep options open until end of first or second year.

Awarding body:

Aberystwyth University

Main undergraduate awards:

FdSc, BA, BSc, BScEcon, LLB, MPhys, MMath, BEng, MEng.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (BEng, MMath, MPhys, language and sandwich courses); 5 years (MEng); 2 years (FdSc).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astrophysics
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Celtic Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Countryside Management
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Crop Science/Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economic History
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Equine Studies
  • EU Studies
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geoscience
  • German
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Rights
  • Information Science
  • Information Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Irish Studies
  • Law
  • Library Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Peace Studies
  • Performance Arts
  • Physics
  • Plant Science
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Studies
  • Rural Environment Studies
  • Social History
  • Software Engineering
  • Soil Science
  • Space
  • Spanish
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theatre Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • Third World Studies
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • War Studies
  • Welsh Language
  • Welsh Studies
  • Zoology

Student view

Samantha Lumb, President (2nd year, PhD Law)


What’s it like as a place to live? Aberystwyth is an absolutely wonderful place to live. Students love the surroundings of the beach, the friendly atmosphere and the cheap cost of living.

How’s the student accommodation? Accommodation in Aberystwyth is a mixed bag. Most university accommodation competes with the best of other institutions some en-suite and some central housing posts. Private accommodation depends on how much you are willing to spend! In general accommodation is reasonably priced and all first year students are guaranteed university accommodation which makes starting uni a bit easier!

What’s the student population like? Aberystwyth is known for is friendly party environments. We have a diverse range of students from over 90 different nationalities which helps keep Aberystwyth the lively place that it is! There is a strong community network in Aberystwyth but the locals do love students really!!

How do students and locals get on? Locals need the students to sustain the economy, but essentially Aberystwyth is a student town so everybody gets on just fine. There are no areas where students cannot go. It is a very student centred town.


What’s it like as a place to study? Aberystwyth is an amazing place to study. With access to the national library of Wales, finding materials for research is second to none. We have good IT facilities and the environment sets Aber for a great place to study as you can watch the sun set over the sea from the library. I think Aber has a good vibe for those who like to study.

What are the teaching staff like? Aberystwyth has a large international community and a number of well established departments. We have also just launched the new IBERS department which is proving to be a big recruiter of excellent academics. Most students seem to like teaching staff although I am sure some would disagree!


What are student societies like? Sports and societies are the biggest part of student life in Aber, we have over 56 active sports clubs and 52 societies. They drive the entertainment and everyone is keen to be involved, these include traditional sports like football and rugby to climbing, caving and other show jumping. Societies play an equal role from political societies to conservation societies to the volunteering side of student life.

What’s a typical night out? Everybody general heads to their sports club sponsors then ends up in the union for an amazing night of banter. The union is by far the place to be on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.

And how much does it cost? Really depends but £20 will see you through the night including taxis! Its dirt cheap.

How can you get home safely? There is a main taxi rank in town and one outside the union. They cost about £1 a person.


Is it an expensive place to live? It’s not expensive to live in Aber because most things are organised for free by sports clubs and societies so life is pretty cheap living and lifestyle especially with the beach  being so close, beach parties are the way forward.

Average price of a pint? £1.60

And the price of a takeaway? 3 for £10 in the Chinese, or 2 for £10 in the Indian, both include rice and nibbles it’s a bargain!

What’s the part-time work situation? The union offers a lot of part time employment and the university itself employs a number of students as guides and similar jobs. Being a student town, Aberystwyth is very much catered to supporting the student network.


What’s the best feature about the place? Being so close to the sea and having the opportunity to study somewhere where most people are so friendly. That’s what keeps the crime rate so low!

And the worst? Travelling to or from Aber without a car is a bit of a problem but the truth is once you get to Aber, you don’t really want to leave!

And to sum it all up? Its a place full or beauty and banter, with a great union making sure there is fun to be had all year round. Its so much fun, ex students try to find permanent work in Aber just so that they don’t have to leave!

Past Students

Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, Arthur Emyr (rugby player), Most Rev. George Noakes (Archbishop of Wales), Berwin Price (Olympic athlete), Angela Tooby (Olympic athlete), Prince Charles.

More info?

Ring 01970 621700, email union@aber.ac.uk or see website www.aberguild.com.



Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
SY23 3FB


01970 622 021





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