Aberystwyth University

Number of students:?8,500?

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Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University was founded in 1872, making it?the oldest?university institution in all of Wales. It?excels in?teaching, research, and student?experience.?There are 20 academic departments?that?offer undergraduate?and postgraduate?study, including?the oldest International Politics department?in?the world.

The?town of Aberystwyth is an inexpensive place?to live, is safer?than many places in?the UK and has plenty?to keep students occupied outside of?their studies.?The campus overlooks?beautiful?Cardigan Bay.


  • University of the?year for?teaching?quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 2019)?
  • 90% overall student satisfaction (National Student Satisfaction survey 2018)

Bangor University

Number of students:?11,300?

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external view of university campus
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Bangor University

Sitting in?the north of Wales, between?the mountains of Snowdonia and?the waters of?the?Menai?Strait, Bangor University is one of?the most?scenically-placed universities in?the UK. It?was founded in 1884 and has always balanced academic excellence with great student?experience.?

The University is made up of?three colleges?that?house 14 academic schools spanning?the arts, humanities and sciences.?The quality of?the courses and lecturers is very good – in fact, Bangor was rated the second best in?the UK for it at?the Whatuni Student?Choice Awards 2018.?There are over 200 societies and clubs for students?to join, plus?the whole of Snowdonia National Park?to enjoy as a back garden. Direct trains?to Bangor run from?London, Manchester, Crewe and Cardiff.


  • Best?university in?the UK for?clubs and societies?(WUSCA 2019)?
  • Best?creative writing degree in Wales (The Complete?University Guide 2020)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Number of students:?11,000?
Website: cardiffmet.ac.uk

Cardiff Metropolitan University (or 'Cardiff Met', as it's known locally) is a practice-focused city centre university. While Cardiff Met?was founded in 1996, its first?iteration was formed in 1865 when?the School of Art?opened. It?has long been known for its high quality creative and sports-related degree courses.?

There are?two campuses, Llandaff Campus and?Cyncoed?Campus, both of which are located in Cardiff. Across?them are five schools: Art?& Design; Management; Sport?& Health Sciences;?Technologies; Education and Social Policy. Alumni include journalist?Michael Buerk and rugby legend Sir Gareth Edwards.


  • 95% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016)?
  • Silver award for teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)

Cardiff University

Location: Cardiff?
Number of students: 31,600?
Website: cardiff.ac.uk

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Cardiff University

Ambitious, innovative and creative, Cardiff?University is Wales’ largest?institution of its kind and?the?10th largest?university in?the UK. It is located in?the centre of Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, and has a global reputation as a first-class place of study.

The?Russell Group?university prides itself on its academic quality and rigorous research; it?ranks fifth in?the UK for research quality in the Complete?University Guide 2020. When it?comes?to choice,?there are?300 degree courses split?into over 20 schools. 12 of?these schools are in?the?top 10 for?their subject?in?the UK.?

Cardiff University still uses some of?the architecturally striking buildings?that?it?occupied when it?was founded in?1883,?as well as modern purpose-built?facilities. It?is positioned in?the most?active part?of Wales when it?comes?to culture, sport?and business, with great opportunities for extra-curricular activities.


  • Best?university in Wales?(The Complete?University Guide 2020)?
  • 83% student?satisfaction (National Student?Survey 2018)

Swansea University

Number of students:?19,200?
Website: swansea.ac.uk

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Singleton Campus, aerial view and Singleton Abbey, Swansea University

Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a research-led university?that?consistently performs well in?teaching quality and student satisfaction. It?has?two campuses, both of which are on Swansea’s waterfront.?The leafy Singleton Park campus?overlooks Swansea Bay beach, with?the Bay Campus on?the beach?to?the east.

There are seven academic colleges and over 50 undergraduate?and postgraduate?degree courses.?The university also invests a lot?of time and money into research. Approximately 90% of its research is world-leading or internationally excellent?in?terms of?the difference it?makes?to society.

Outside of?the academics, Swansea University has a?thriving social scene.?There are 120 societies and 50 sports clubs, not?to mention a city of entertainment?and activity outside of?the university.


  • University of the year (WUSCAs 2019)?
  • Welsh university of the year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

University of South Wales

Main locations: Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd
Number of students:?23,500?
Website: southwales.ac.uk

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Male employee working at a computer?CEMAS - Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services, University of South Wales
External view of the university campus
University of South Wales Treforest campus, ?a student?at CEMAS (Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services) and ATRiuM building, Cardiff campus

The University of South Wales is?a modern?and ambitious university?that?puts great?effort?into preparing students for life after graduating. It?was established in 2013 after a merger between?the University of Glamorgan and?the University of Wales in Newport, institutions?that?date?back over 170 years.?

With?three campuses in South Wales (Cardiff, Newport?and Pontypridd) and a campus in Dubai,?the university has a wide reach and a choice of locations.?The University has four faculties, namely: Business and Society; Computing, Engineering and Society; Creative Industries; Life Sciences and Education. Within?these are 12 schools?that?offer further specialisation.


  • Cyber?university of the?year (National Cyber Awards 2019)?
  • 95% of students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016)

University of Wales?Trinity Saint?David

Location:?Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea?
Number of students:?10,000?
Website: uwtsd.ac.uk

The?University of Wales?Trinity Saint?David – or UWTSD for short?– is an?employment-focused?university?that?teaches students?the knowledge and skills?they need?to?thrive after university. Quality?teaching and equipment?are complemented by excellent?student support.?

There are?three main campuses in South West?Wales (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Swansea), campuses in London and learning centres in Cardiff and Birmingham,?with over 70 courses?to choose from across?the board. Its Fashion &?Textiles course?ranks?the best in?the UK in?the Guardian 2020 University league?table.


  • Best?in Wales for learning community (National Student?Survey 2018)?
  • 8th?in?the UK for?university?of?the year (WUSCA 2019)

Wrexham Glynd?r University

Main location: Wrexham?
Number of students:?6,500?
Website: glyndwr.ac.uk

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Wrexham Glynd?r University

Wrexham?Glynd?r?University is one of?the youngest?universities in?the UK. It?was founded in 2008 from already existing educational institutions.?The name and ethos come from Owain?Glynd?r?(c. 1349-1416), an enterprising Welsh scholar who loved learning, Wales, and embracing?the world around him.

While?the university is relatively small, it?has four campuses in North Wales (Wrexham Plas Coch, Wrexham?Regent?Street, St?Asaph and?Northop) and a satellite?campus in Kingston-upon-Thames in London.?Across?them,?there are 14 schools and many degree courses.?

The university has ambitious plans for its future, including?the £60m Campus 2025 project?to improve all areas of its campuses.


  • Silver award for?teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)?
  • 11th?best?UK university for courses and lecturers (WUSCAs 2018)

Find more information about the studying in Wales?and how to apply by visiting the?Study in Wales website.

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