University profile

Aberystwyth University

2016/17 edition

About Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth: the first University Institution in Wales


  • Join a thriving and cosmopolitan postgraduate community.
  • Be part of an institution with many years of excellence in teaching and research
  • Study on a scenic coastal campus that is convenient, compact and located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK
  • Attend a convenient, compact and friendly campus institution in a stunning environment
  • Enjoy access to the National Library of Wales (one of the five great copyright libraries), adjacent to the campus.
  • Utilise information services that are among the best in the UK.
  • Study in departments that are highly graded for their research and teaching, and are approved and recognised by UK Research Councils.
  • Know that you are in the one of the UK's safest learning environments

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Where is Aberystwyth University?

Aberystwyth is a medium sized town in beautiful unspoilt scenery on the shores of Cardigan Bay in mid-Wales. Our coastal location makes Aberystwyth a stunning place to live for all postgraduate students and we provide a safe and friendly environment for study.


Why Aberystwyth University?

Aberystwyth University is well known for its quality of services for postgraduate students including a designated Graduate School and guaranteed accommodation with many exclusive postgraduate residences.

Our postgraduate students benefit from a diverse and international student population and there are plenty of opportunities for multi-disciplinary research and learning through the diverse programmes on offer. We are home to over 9,000 students, including over 800 international students from over 90 nations. All degree programmes are internationally recognised and we have many international alliances offering opportunities for research and student and staff exchanges

Click here to see our latest research highlights and the research themes at Aberystwyth.

You can also read more about our accolades and achievements.

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What can I study with my degree and experience?

Progression or specialist...?
If you love a subject and want to specialise in a field related to your undergraduate degree you can complete a progression Masters. This means you study a higher degree related to your experience and previous study. You’ll be expected to have some prior knowledge of the subject. For example, if you have studied English literature but now want to specialise in post-modern writing, or you have studied history and want to complete a Masters in International History and Politics - this would still be a specialist Masters.

Do you offer conversion Masters?
Yes. Conversion Masters allow for graduates (or mature students with related experience) to gain expertise in a new discipline without having to complete another undergraduate degree. At Aberystwyth our Conversion Masters are mainly within the School of Management and Business, though we offer other conversion degrees in Law.

This is the name given to higher degrees that give you access to a particular career. At Aberystwyth this refers to the PGCE Teacher Training qualification, though many higher degrees may also be classified as professional if they have affiliation with particular accrediting bodies. Many of our postgraduate degrees have this, especially within geography, biology, information studies and law.

Can I study by Distance Learning?
Yes. This is a mode of study which means you can study without being based on the University Campus. We have loads of options for short courses and also full Masters and PhD, mainly in information studies, law, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

I want to undertake research
Largely research at Aberystwyth refers to the MPhil or the PhD. The MPhil is a one year research Masters that will allow you to complete high level independent research under academic supervision, the MPhil can often be 'topped up' to a PhD. It is likely, though not essential that you will need to submit a research proposal as part of your PhD or MPhil application. We also have some taught research Masters which means a large part of your course will involve learning how to undertake quality research.

What are short courses and lifelong learning?
These courses are all about continuing professional development, learning for life and education for your own pleasure, enjoyment and self-fulfilment. These courses are varied and diverse, ranging from a module spent in north Wales observing and identifying wildflowers to professional modules in information leadership.

This all sounds great! But… what are the costs of postgraduate study at Aberystwyth?

Your costs at University will made up of two main financial factors, these are your maintenance costs (accommodation, food, etc.) and your tuition fees. Obviously there are always variations on fees depending on which course you study, for how long and in what mode. You should check the fees and living costs depending on the course you like. We strive to provide excellent value for money. We keep our costs of living and tuition fees affordable to allow as many capable students as possible access to our full-time education. We are not in a large city and the cost of living is therefore generally cheaper, saying that; we pride ourselves on the quality of life you’ll enjoy in Aberystwyth. You’ll benefit from access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, café culture, an internationally recognised social and cultural life all combined with excellent educational services. This makes Aberystwyth a continuously popular and affordable choice for postgrads.

Practical information about studying at Aberystwyth University

Your journey in choosing Aberystwyth for a postgraduate course will probably be determined by analysing the practical information related to the costs, time and effort involved in undertaking the programme, alongside how the content of the course meets your professional or personal development.

We recommend you make a note of learning outcomes, interesting modules, tuition fees, living costs, length of study, start dates, important staff contacts and any funding you may like to apply for.

Here are the areas we recommend you look into for information on postgraduate study


This will link you though to the accommodation section of our website which hosts information on the types of rooms available and the costs of these. Surveys and feedback from past postgraduate students tell us that you should anticipate a spend of between £6,000 and £10,000 for 12 months on your living and lifestyle costs (accommodation, food, social events etc.)

Careers and employability

This will link you through to our careers advisory service. We recommend new postgraduate students book an appointment with a specialised career advisor in order to develop their CV throughout their time with the University.

Student Life
This will link you through to a section of our website which will inform you about the many activities open to all students at Aberystwyth University. The campus is a bustling centre of activity involving sports, special interest groups, music, a thriving cafe culture and plenty of academic and research seminars going on.

Order a prospectus
This will give you an overview of the university, research and taught postgraduate courses in one publication.

Tuition fees and funding
This section will take you through to information about the costs of your course and also any available funding we offer. You should also check the alternative guide to postgraduate funding (AU subscribes to this please e-mail us for the passcode)

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What next?

Book an appointment with an Educational Advisor!

We recommend you book an informal appointment with a postgraduate Educational Advisor in order to gain an overview of postgraduate study at Aberystwyth and do discuss the practical elements of applying to a course with us. To book an appointment (which can be done via an online web chat, skype, a telephone call, social media, or in person) please e-mail