Aberystwyth University

United Kingdom

Why choose study in United Kingdom

Easy to research
It’s easy to research the right course for you by visiting the UCAS website. Everyone who goes to UCAS.com has access to the Course Search database containing details of around 38,000 courses from archaeology to zoology.

Studying in the UK will help you develop excellent language skills
The English language is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. (Most UK universities offer language support to international students but institutions have their own criteria for the level of English that students need to master.) The cultural diversity of life in British higher education is unrivalled
From cosmopolitan cities like London, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow, to historic counties like Warwickshire and Yorkshire, the UK is a place of contrasts and culture, where ancient buildings sit alongside contemporary architecture.

Short undergraduate and postgraduate courses
Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK tend to be shorter than in other countries which can help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down. Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete, although in Scotland it would be typically four years and postgraduate courses can be from one year upwards.

Work flexibility
Typically, international students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during term time and full-time during holidays. If you are from an EU country, there will be even more flexibility. Full details about the conditions for working are on the UK Border Agency website and also on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.

University Overview

Department structure

Aberystwyth University is divided into six distinct institutes made up of seventeen academic departments, including:
Institute of Arts and Humanities (IAH)
IAH is research and teaching profile sits within seven distinctive but related departments: The School of Art, English and Creative Writing, International English Centre, Modern Languages, School of Education, Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Welsh and Celtic Studies. 
IAH is also home to the award-winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the University Music Centre.
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
Institute of Business and Law
Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology
Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science
Institute of Professional Development
For the postgraduate students, the University offers programmes on Information Management, Libraries and Archives.
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International English Centre - Top 3 UK university for English Language Tuition
The University also has a designated International English Centre (IEC) that offers a variety of English courses to the international students, and general support in the development of their English language and literacy skills. The quality of English language tuition enjoyed by international students at Aberystwyth University is rated among the best in the UK according to figures published on Friday 13 October 2017. The International English Centre (IEC) at Aberystwyth University has been ranked third in EL Gazette is league table of university English language centres in the UK. The IEC provides a comprehensive programme of English language courses including the International Foundation Certificate, Pre Masters and Pre-Sessional courses, and general English courses. Further information is available online.
All departments are well structured with a combination of teaching, research and service staff to support students throughout their studies.
Most academic departments and their associated teaching facilities are conveniently based on Aberystwyth University is main Penglais Campus.

Entry requirements

International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English which must be provided before they will be formally accepted to commence their studies.
While the University accepts IELTS or TOEFL results as proof of English proficiency, it also has recognised other suitable qualifications such as Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) and tests where Aberystwyth University will make its own assessment.
IELTS score requirements for undergraduate courses
6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component for Science Courses.
Students who wish to pursue BSc Computer Science requires a score of 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component.
For Arts and Social Science Courses, students must score 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component.
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IELTS score requirements for postgraduate courses
6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component for programmes under Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.
6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component for courses in Art; Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences; History and Welsh History; Information Studies; Law and Criminology (Taught LLM courses); Management and Business; Modern Languages, and Welsh.
Students require a score of 7.5 with minimum 7.5 in each component for English and Creative Writing (PhD).
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Aberystwyth University offers excellent academic and non-academic facilities for students, including:
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Wales i largest arts centre - situated on the main Penglais Campus - boasts of an extensive artistic programme in music, drama, dance, film, visual arts and more.
National library of Wales
Right next door to the main Penglais Campus, the students can access the National Library of Wales, which has a huge collection of reading materials as it has the right to store a copy of every publication printed in the UK.
Sports centre
Students can enjoy the facilities at the University is modern-fitted gym, free weights room, various exercise classes, pool, climbing wall, running track, 3G all-weather artificial pitches among others.
Students i Union
With over 50 sports clubs and close to 100 societies, volunteering initiatives and support services, the Aberystwyth University Students i Union is a great way to pursue the students i interests, make friends and enjoy social events.
Learning resources
Throughout the University, students will find modern lecture halls, hi-tech practical labs, large computer rooms, libraries, learning hubs, online provisions - all of which assists students in their studies.
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Aberystwyth University was ranked in the top five for student satisfaction in the UK, and number one in Wales by the NSS 2017. The University has state-of-the-art facilities across its three campuses, including an arts centre complete with a cinema, bar and shop, a fitness centre and swimming pool, and 24-hour library services.
The University has an impressive employment rate, with 95% of graduates going into a job or further study within six months of finishing their degree. Help is available at all stages of the job hunt through the Careers Service, which includes advice on CV writing, cover letters and interviews.
Aberystwyth has a global reputation for research quality, and the Research Excellence Framework found that a huge 95% of the research conducted at the institution is internationally recognised or higher.
Committed to providing the best education for its students through industry experts, Aberystwyth was recently voted University of the Year for Teaching Quality (The Times Good University Guide 2018).
Aberystwyth itself is located between the mountains and the coast, surrounded by stunning scenery. The town welcomes over 9,000 students and holds the Purple Flag award for a welcoming and safe nightlife. With museums, shops, sandy beaches and parks to enjoy in the day; and lots of bars, pubs, live music venues and night clubs come the night, the town has something for everyone.
The Students' Union team offer support and representation in everything from welfare to finance, while an entertainment team organise activities throughout the year, including the University's annual Summer Ball. 
The University actively welcomes international students and offers a range of initiatives to ensure that they settle in quickly. This includes a mentoring scheme and a dedicated Orientation Week, designed for students to get to know the area and meet their peers from overseas.


International students can benefit from a generous range of scholarship packages for undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. These scholarships are available to applicants from countries such as China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.
For international undergraduate students, the University offers:
Aberystwyth international scholarship International students will be considered for this scholarship automatically which is worth GBP 2,000 a year towards tuition fees for full-time studies.
International excellence undergraduate scholarship Awarded on the basis of the merits of international students, this scholarship provides a discount on the tuition fees worth GBP 8,000 over three years for full-time students pursuing a full degree.
International postgraduate students
International students commencing a Taught programme or a Research programme can be supported through a few University schemes or external schemes. A Taught programme involves two taught semesters consisting of traditional lectures and seminars, and a final self-study
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Teaching quality

Aberystwyth University takes pride in its nearly 150 year-long history of academic excellence that dates back to 1872. The University is committed to providing a first-class student experience which continues today, developing stimulating degree schemes containing relevant content and taught by research-led experts, all of which are supported by excellent facilities and resources.
The University aligns teaching and research to provide high quality, research-led programmes of study that makes use of the lecturers i disciplinary research to introduce the students to the latest findings and developments in their chosen discipline.
From lectures, practicals, presentations, workshops, field trips, individual projects and group work, Aberystwyth University aspires to provide a varied and engaging learning environment that will challenge and encourage its students to grow in knowledge and research skills.
The award by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, which voted the University as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality is a testament to the student-orientated and research-intensive approach of the faculty. Also, 95% of the research that is submitted by the University was acknowledged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
In its overall league table, the 2018 Good University Guide ranks Aberystwyth University fifth for teaching quality across the UK. The findings of the latest Good University Guide reflect the results of the National Student Survey (NSS) published in August 2017, which placed Aberystwyth in second place across the UK for the quality of its assessment and feedback.

What is new

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 awarded the prestigious accolade of iUniversity of the Year for Teaching Quality i to Aberystwyth University, which marks the first time an institution in Wales has been ranked number one by the Guide for this award. The Guide is league table also propels the University into the top 50 universities in the UK.
Aberystwyth University is also one among the top ten in the UK and first in Wales for student experience. It was ranked 47th in the UK among 131 higher education institutions.
Why Aberystwyth University?
The Editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide, Alastair McCall, said, Aberystwyth University had taken strides in recent years to improve the student experience.
Students at Aberystwyth know they are on to a good thing and have been swift to acknowledge it. The University has secured some of the most remarkable scores in the UK from students for the quality of teaching it offers. It is one of a very few universities to increase its student satisfaction scores in this area from last year, against a backdrop of a much tougher National Student Survey, said McCall.
The AberWorks scheme aims to help students gain practical work experience within the University, with the key aim to increase skills and self-awareness to develop employability. Students have opportunities to earn while they learn within the areas of catering, administrative work, Ambassador roles and more.
The AberForward scheme provides a range of work-related training and work experience opportunities to current students and recent graduates. Opportunities range from 5 day training courses to 4 weeks paid placements within University departments, plus weekly skills workshops from the careers team.

University Ranking

Diversity Index - Rank: 98

QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 481st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018 - Rank: 301st

Overall Cost of Living


Campus Accomodation




Overall Cost of Living Value

£ 9.534

Campus Accomodation Value

£ 4.832

Undergraduate Value

£ 14.090

Minimum IELTS Score

Post Graduate : 6.5

Undergraduate : 6

International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarships

£8,000.00 (US$ 10,558)

Applicants must be classed as full-time overseas students for fee paying purposes. The Scholarships are available to self-financing students only. This includes students using overseas government loans to fund their studies. Applicants must be undertaking a full degree at Aberystwyth University and must be applying to study a full degree (not gaining entry to years 2 or 3 of a course). Applicants may not previously have been degree students at any university for a period of more than 1 year. All international applicants who have applied to Aberystwyth by 30th June and placed Aberystwyth as their Firm choice of University will automatically be considered for a Scholarship. Students resident in Honk Kong are also eligible.

All international, American , Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Sri Lanka

Applicants must have applied to Aberystwyth by 30th June and place us as their Firm choice of University in order to be considered.

Overall Review

Overall Experience : 4.8 / 5

Admission Process : 5 / 5

Scholarships : 5 / 5

Life Experience : 5 / 5

Job Prospects : 4 / 5