Aberystwyth University

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  • International Fees From

    £13,000 UG
    £13,759 PG

  • World Ranking

    301-350th in Times HE

  • Students

    8,800 UG
    1,200 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £95.20 p/w

Visualisation Building, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion , SY23 3BF United Kingdom

Aberystwyth University is integral to the town’s economy as students make up a significant percentage of the town’s total population. The closest international airports to Aberystwyth are Liverpool, John Lennon Airport and Cardiff Airport, both are about 115 miles away. However, neither airport has regular flights to Heathrow, so for international direct flights it is easier to fly from Manchester airport which is about 120 miles away. Aberystwyth is situated by the sea and in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains. The average temperatures in December and January are 3 and 4 degrees centigrade and 14 degrees centigrade in July.

  • History

    Opened in 1872 the university moved to a new site in the town in 1960’s. The university is keen on promoting the Welsh language and Welsh heritage and culture.


    The town and university are both compact and students make up a large proportion of the town’s population. According to the UK Crime Statistics in June 2009, Ceredigion (Aberystwyth area) experienced the lowest rate of crime per capita anywhere in England or Wales.


    Aberystwyth university is ranked between 301-350 in the Times Higher Education World university rankings. It is not in the Shanghai Jaio Tong rankings. Aberystwyth is not a member of the Russell group of universities.
    Aberystwyth university is ranked =7th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction results.


    There are over 90 countries represented within the student population at Aberystwyth and they account for approximately 8% of the total student numbers.


    There are approximately 10,000 full time undergraduate and post graduate students at Aberystwith. The study numbers are split approximately 8,800 undergraduates and 1,200 postgraduates.


    85.5% of Aberystwyth graduates were in work or involved in further study – (source HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    About a half of all students are members of the University’s Athletic Union. Watersports is a particular highlight of non-academic life at Aberystwyth, as the town is on the Cardigan Bay coast. There is also a pool and indoor sports centre and many clubs and societies.


    Both self-catering and catered options are available at Aberystwyth, plus car parking spaces.

    Penbryn is the university’s catered halls of residence; single and twin rooms are available, with shared bathroom facilities. It is about a 2 minute walk from the main campus where the majority of lectures take place. Halls can be paid for 32 (term) or 37 (sessional) weeks per year. There is also plenty of choice of self catered accommodation within close proximity to the university.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £95.20 per week.
    An example price for catered accommodation is £116.41 per week at Penbryn.


    International students
    International undergraduate tuition fee examples – BA or BSc:
    Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £13,000 for Creative Arts and rise to £14,500 to study subjects such as Computer Engineering and Astrophysics.

    International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
    Full time masters (taught) postgraduate course fees start at £13,759 for Arts related subjects and rise to £15,000 for Science related subjects.

    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
    • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • English Language and Literature
    • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
    • History
    • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

    Online Courses

    Aberystwyth does not offer any undergraduate online courses, but does offers Masters courses by Distance Learning through the Departments of Law and Criminology and Information Studies and approximately 500 of the total 1,200 postgraduate students are distance learners.

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