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Aberystwyth University

About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University was founded in 1872 and was the first university institution to be established in Wales.

Spread over three campuses, the Penglais University and the Llanbadarn University are located close to the main town. Its Gogerddan campus is home to the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, a world-class research and teaching center It has also recently opened a Mauritius branch campus offering degrees in accounting and finance, business, computer science and law.

Penglais University Campus was the first in Wales to win the Green Flag Award for the high quality of its environment.

In 2015, Aberystwyth was awarded the title of 'Greatest Town' by the Academy of Urbanism for its shops, restaurants, nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Aberystwyth has also been recognized by the leading newspaper as one of the top five safest places to study in the United Kingdom, with some of the lowest crime rates in the country.

97% of graduates are in employment or further education 6 months after graduation, according to HESA. (The Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)

Aberystwyth University Campus 

The University is spread over three campuses, Penglais, Llanbadarn and Gogerddan. The Penglais Campus is home to 12 of the 17 departments of the University, as well as most of the student residences. Penglais and Llanbadarn campuses are conveniently located within a stone's throw from the city, and the Gogerddan Campus is the research center of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Facilities in Campus

  • State of-the-art lecture rooms 
  • Practical labs, Three libraries 
  • cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. 
  • floodlit 3G pitch, 
  • gym, 
  • weights room, 
  • dance studio, 
  • climbing wall 
  • 50 acres of playing fields.
  • There’s also the award-winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre, featuring theatres and a cinema.

Location Specialities 

  • Aberystwyth is a lively seaside town with a close-knit community and lots of shops, cafes, pubs and clubs.
  • It's recognized as one of the safest places to be a student in Wales. (Complete University Guide, 2018) Students also have access to the National Library of Wales, which is one of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom.
  • The award-winning Aberystwyth Arts Center is located on the university campus and the National Library of Wales is 5 minutes away.

Aberystwyth University Accomodation

The cost of living in Aberystwyth is among the lowest in the United Kingdom.

All first year students are guaranteed university accommodation, while international students (not EU) are guaranteed university accommodation for the duration of their studies.


The University won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology at the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards.

Aberystwyth University Ranking

  • 45th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 54th in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • 484th in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • Aberystwyth University ranks high on student satisfaction in the UK and has been ranked among the top five in the world in the recent International Student Barometer Survey.

Teaching Quality

Aberystwyth was awarded Gold in the Postgraduate category for the second consecutive year, and Silver in the University of the Year and International categories.

Academic Divisions

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business and Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences

Study Options

  • Physical sciences
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • Geography
  • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Computer Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Sport Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Business & Management
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics & Econometrics
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Law

Why Aberystwyth University?

  • Aberystwyth is the most popular research university, ranked as one of the Top 4 UK University and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (2016) of score of 92% - six percentage points higher than the UK average of 86%
  • In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17, Aber is listed as one of the top 40 universities in the UK
  • Aber was shortlisted in five categories (Best University, Accommodation, Courses & Lecturers, International and Postgraduate)Whatuni’s Top Ten awards
  • Situated next to the University’s Penglais Campus-the National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in Britain entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK
  • It currently has three subjects in the top 150 QS ranking in the world- English & creative writing, Geography & earth sciences and agriculture & forestry
  • 92% of graduates are in employment or further education six months after graduating

How to Reach? Or Travel

  • The campus is a 10-minute walk from the city center and the bus station.
  • The railway station is located in the center of town, adjacent to the bus station and the taxi rank. There is also a regular train service from London Euston, which takes about five hours.
  • The nearest airports are Manchester and Birmingham, however Aberystwyth is easily reached by road.

Aberystwyth University Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (1 Courses) 4 year GBP 14750
Science (13 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14000 - GBP 16350
Arts (2 Courses) 3 year GBP 14000
Law (3 Courses) 3 Week - 3 Year GBP 14000 - GBP 15200
Hospitality & Tourism (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14000
Information Technology (IT) (1 Courses) 1 year GBP 16350
Management (7 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 13200 - GBP 14000

Aberystwyth University Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering IELTS , PTE
Hospitality & Tourism IELTS , TOEFL
Management IELTS , TOEFL , PTE

Aberystwyth University English Language Requirements :

Undergraduate – 6.0 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5

  • Science Courses – 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component
  • Computer Science BSc require 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component
  • Arts and Social Science Courses – 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component International Politics 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component
  • SMB 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component

Postgraduate – 6.5 or equivalent, with no modules less than 6.0

  • Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Management and Business (MSc and MBA) – 6.0 overall
  • Art, Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Computer Science (Research only), Education and LifelongLearning, Food and Water Security (MSc), Information Studies, Law and Criminology (Taught LLM courses), Management and Business (PhD and MPhil) – 6.5 overall.


  • Science Courses – 88 with minimum scores in components: Listening and Writing – 21, Reading – 22, Speaking -23
  • Arts and Social Science Courses – 88-89 with minimum scores in components: Listening and Writing – 21, Reading – 22, Speaking – 23


  • Science Courses – 55 overall and a minimum of 51 in all components.
  • Arts and Social Science Courses – 62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component

The Requirements may Defer for few Programs.

For more Details on Entry RequirementsClick HERE.

Aberystwyth University Highlights

Type of Institution Public
Campus Setting Urban
Endowment £48.4 million
Number of campuses Three campuses
Number/Percentage of International Students 18%
Total number of Professors 395
Student Satisfaction Rate 90%
Graduate Job Rate 92%
Number of Residence Vacancy 3100
International Fee £13,200-14,750
Number of Academic Programmes Undergraduate & Postgraduate
Mode of Programme Full time, online and distance learning
Scholarship Investment £40,000
Average Graduate Salary £18,500 a year
Residential Investment £45 million

Aberystwyth University The Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Cost Amount per annum (GBP)
Tuition fees 13,600 – 16,800
Food, Laundry & Toiletries 1,800
Books, Equipment & Stationery 150
Social 1,170
Clothing 200
Travel Home 200
T.V. Licence 150.50
Extras 400
Total 17,670.5 – 20,870.5

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Aberystwyth University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 14,433


£ 14,433

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 7,080

Campus accommodation

£ 5,468

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.