We are ranked 22nd in the UK for the impact of our research and 26th in the UK for research excellence. We have achieved our ambition to become a top 30 research-intensive University with over 90% of our research being classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. 

In the last Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014)* 'Swansea University made the biggest leap, from joint 52nd position to joint 26th' (Times Higher Education)

Our research is delivering significant, sustained, valuable economic and societal impact in Wales, UK and Internationally. 

*REF 2014 covers the period from 2014 until 2021 


Research with us

We have a thriving research student community and are here to support your research journey.  

Through collaboration with other leading universities and industry partners, we are developing the next generation of pioneering researchers in future-facing disciplines, from AI and materials manufacturing, to social sciences and policy. Find out more about our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). 

We offer a number of scholarships and awards for students pursuing PhD, MPhil, MRes or Master's by Research studies and training and development for research students and supervisors