Department profile

College of Human and Health Sciences

Swansea University
2020/21 edition

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About College of Human and Health Sciences

As the largest provider of health care education in Wales, Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences makes a difference to people’s lives the world over. With our cutting-edge research and through our work with the NHS, Social Services, voluntary and private sectors, the College is a forerunner in meeting human and health science demands.

Our connections and collaborations ensure that your postgraduate studies will be led by staff with relevant expertise and qualifications, and that our teaching meets employer needs.

Here are a few reasons why you should study for your postgraduate degree with us…

The right postgraduate course for you

Our range of full and part-time master’s, CPD and PhD programmes include subjects within the fields of:

Find out more about the full range of postgraduate programmes we offer and discover what our students and alumni love about studying with us.

When deciding upon where to study for my Masters, Swansea seemed to be the obvious choice, since it offered the MSc Clinical Psychology and Mental Health, and is recognised as being extremely competitive, offering the opportunity to study a wide range of clinical topics. I was also enticed by the enthusiasm and helpfulness of both Psychology department staff and students.

Kirsty Hill, MSc Clinical Psychology and Mental Health graduate

Outstanding research and teaching:

We are a UK top 30 university for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and all of our postgraduate degrees are guided by the latest research findings and innovations. As Swansea University celebrates its centenary year in 2020, we can look back and celebrate some of our finest achievements:

  • three quarters of the research from the College of Human and Health Sciences is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).
  • Our researchers in ageing studies, social work and social care achieved the highest ranking in Wales for the originality, significance and rigour of their research (REF 2014)
  • Our Psychology Department have demonstrated excellence, being ranked in the UK top-30 in its field (REF 2014)
  • Many of our programmes are accredited, approved or have support from established external organisations, including, the Royal College of Nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • As voted for by our students, in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2019, we were named University of the Year and were runner-up in the Postgraduate category

My MSc in Healthcare Management has enabled me to develop skills aligned with the most important aspects of health care, particularly the skills to manage and lead a group of people and services. The qualification is already helping me to accomplish my career goals as it has led me to find a job within the healthcare sector.

Dimosthenis Maligiannis, MSc Healthcare Management graduate

Future career prospects…boost your employability

Our postgraduate courses will do more than extend your knowledge of your subject area; they’ll also give you valuable, transferable skills to take into a competitive jobs market. Many of our postgraduate course give you the opportunity to carry out industry-linked research projects and undertake work placements and observations with partner organisations including the NHS.

The Swansea Employability Academy offers workshops in CV writing, job searching and interview techniques, giving you the best possible chance of success in the employment market.


Postgraduate funding

We understand that the cost of your studies is one of the most important factors when choosing a university for your postgraduate degree. Last year, we offered just under £10 million in postgraduate scholarships, providing funding across a range of subject areas and qualifications. Scholarships are advertised throughout the year, so check out our scholarship list regularly for details of new opportunities.

Postgraduate government funding is also available for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses at Swansea. If you’re an English, Welsh or EU student looking to start a PhD with us, you may be able to borrow up to £25,700 towards the cost of your studies. Find out more on our postgraduate loans webpages.

Swansea has recently been named the UK’s ninth most affordable university town ( With affordable housing options and a low cost of living, you’ll find it easy to make your money stretch a little further.

The MA in Childhood Studies is an excellent way to ground you with theoretical knowledge and understanding of child development. Swansea University also encourages you to do volunteer work with children and this is an opportunity to see, understand and apply what you learn in the classroom. Swansea University provides a great platform to learn and prepare you for a great future!

Ashelle Paras, MA Childhood Studies graduate.

Fantastic facilities

Based at Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus, we offer state-of-the-art facilities from clinical practice rooms to specialist psychology laboratories. Our state-of the-art Health and Wellbeing Academy offers support, advice and services to the public. Research is an important element of the Academy and it provides world class teaching and learning opportunities for its students, with the aim of maximising benefits to the wider community.

You can take a tour here.


A warm welcome to international students

Swansea is a truly global university, offering you a high-quality education in a safe and friendly environment, with guaranteed university accommodation and academic language support classes. Visit our international website for further information or read more about some of our international students’ postgraduate experiences at Swansea.

A spectacular seafront location

The College of Human and Health Sciences is based on Swansea University’s Singleton Park Campus, which occupies an enviable position right on the coastline of Swansea Bay.

Whether you feel more at home on the beach or in the city, Swansea offers something for everyone. The University is just a short walk or bus ride away from Swansea’s city centre and just along the beach lies the spectacular Gower Peninsula - the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Why not pay us a visit at one our Postgraduate Open Days and discover Swansea for yourself? We hold Postgraduate Open Days in November and March each year.

The experience of self-directed study and the support from the professors in my department really improved my skill set and confidence, which will go a long way in my future prospects as a researcher.

Nyasha Pedula MSc Gerontology and Ageing graduate

How to apply

Apply online via the Swansea University application form.

Contact details

01792 295111
01792 295110
College of Human and Health Sciences
Swansea University
Singleton Park Campus
Singleton Park