Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth, Wales


Aberystwyth University (Welsh: Prifysgol Aberystwyth) is a public research university in Aberystwyth, Wales. Aberystwyth was a founding member institution of the former federal University of Wales. The university has 8,455 students studying across 3 academic faculties and 19 departments.

Founded in 1872 as University College Wales, Aberystwyth, it became a founder member of the University of Wales in 1894 and changed its name to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. In the mid-1990s, the university again changed its name to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. On 1 September 2007, the University of Wales ceased to be a federal university and Aberystwyth became independent again.

Aberystwyth University is placed in the UK’s top 50 universities in the main national rankings and it has become the first university to be awarded with the prestigious prize “University of the year for teaching quality” by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019). According to the Research Excellence Framework REF 2014, Aberystwyth ranks in the top 50 out of 154 in the UK for impact, quality of publications and research environment.

It is the first university in the world to be awarded Plastic Free University status (for single-use plastic items).

39 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1872
Size Medium
6,000 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFLCambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)

Cost and Scholarships

£ 11,250
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Total Worth £1,000 in the first year
Eligibility and Requirements Required to sit two exams from the choice of subjects we offer. Each exam lasts for an hour and a half. Awarded to students who do well in the Entrance Scholarship competition but narrowly miss out on attaining a Scholarship
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Merit Award holders also get a reduced offer to study at the university.
Sports Scholarships
Total Worth £1,000 a year
Eligibility and Requirements demonstrate that the candidate has reached a high standard in their chosen sport, and a commitment to develop their performance in the field of sports while in the University.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline June 30
Other Details Prize holders will also receive Platinum Membership for the University Sports Centre, free of charge in each year of study, and guaranteed a place in accommodation managed by the University throughout their course.
Aberystwyth International Scholarship
Total Worth £2,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements International (non-EU) students commencing a full-time undergraduate programme in September. An application for a place on a relevant programme at Aberystwyth University must be received by 20th August
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. Acceptance of an offer of an award must be received within 2 weeks of being offered. Decisions for 2019 will be made centrally in-line with the decision making process. Scholarships are available essentially for self-financed students.