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ii Aberystwyth University Contents Penglais Campus 2 Department list 22 Top 10 things to do in Aberystwyth 4 How to apply 42 Why study in the UK 6 Getting in touch 44 Visas and Student Support 7 Our residences at a glance 8 Sports Centre and Societies 10 International Office social programme 11 Recent research highlights 12 Campus community 14 International English Centre 15 Study Abroad Exchanges 16 Employability18 Living costs 19 Fees and funding 20 Welcome Choosing a university is probably one of the biggest decisions of your life. It is a place where you can broaden your horizons, expand your knowledge and develop your critical thinking skills; a place that can set you firmly on the pathway to your future career and a place where you can make friends for life. So it is important to choose the right university for you. As you consider your options, I want to make sure you have all the information you need about Aberystwyth. Established in 1872, we are a University known for our world-leading research across a range of disciplines. Our research makes a global impact. It also informs the high standard of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching here at Aberystwyth, with lecturers who are leading researchers in their field. Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from across the world for almost 150 years. Today, we have students on campus from more than 90 different countries who are drawn here by our reputation for research and teaching excellence. We study, work and live in a diverse and supportive community, in a historic seaside market town with a cosmopolitan Welsh culture. At Aberystwyth, you will be part of a campus university with an active Students’ Union and more than 150 clubs and societies. We have our own well-equipped sports centre as well as a thriving Arts Centre. The National Library of Wales is just a short walk away and is an important centre for study and research.
Aberystwyth University 1 Take your time to find out more by reading our prospectus and browsing our website. If you can, come to visit the place for yourself so that you can talk to some of the staff GOOD who will be teaching you, and hear from other students UNIVERSITY about their Aber experience. You can also take a virtual GUIDE tour during one of our online Open Days. Ask as many 2018 questions as you want. We are here to help so that you can UNIVERSITY make the right decision for you. I wish you well and hope OF THE YEAR to welcome you in the future to Aberystwyth University. FOR TEACHING QUALITY Professor Elizabeth Treasure Vice-Chancellor
2 Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus 1 Accommodation a - Seafront Residences 3 Art Centre b - Pentre Jane Morgan c - Cwrt Mawr 4 Hugh Owen Library 2 Student Union 5 TaMed Da 6 Student Welcome Centre 1a
Aberystwyth University 3 7 IBERS 10 International Politics History 8 Geography Maths 11 Psychology Physics Information Studies Computer Science Education International English Centre 12 Theatre, Film and 9 Business English and Creative Writing Television Studies Law Welsh and Welsh History Modern Languages 1b 11 6 5 1c 12 9 8 4 7 3 10 2
4 5 The National Library TOP 10 Aberystwyth is home to one of only five copyright libraries in Britain entitled to receive a copy of every things to do whilst book published in the UK. you’re in As a student, you have free access to the National Library Aberystwyth of Wales and its millions of books, journals, archives and so much more! 1 Watch the sunset Aberystwyth is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets. Sit back and enjoy the sight of the sun disappearing behind the horizon. 2 Barbecue on South Beach Have a barbecue on this Seaside Award winning vibrant beach. They’re great for parties with your friends and toasting marshmallows whilst looking out at the glistening sea. 4 Vale of Rheidol Railway 3 OneFest One of the most popular nights out in Aberystwyth, it takes over the Students' Union, Concourse and Arts Centre to bring Board the narrow gauge steam train and embark on a journey through the Rheidol Valley to the legendary village of Devil’s Bridge. Discover parts of Abersytwyth you funfair rides, silent discos and some live music and the surrounding area that entertainment. are harder to find by foot and car.
Aberystwyth University 5 6 Nant yr Arian Located a few miles outside Aberystwyth, Nant yr Arian is home to the first ever purpose-built mountain biking track in Wales. You can also enjoy the scenic walks or sit back and enjoy the views of Aberystwyth. 9 Coastal walk to Borth The exquisite and unspoilt scenery on the shores 7 Rugby 7s Aberystwyth is home to the biggest Rugby 7s tournament in Wales, run by the Students' Union. Anyone can take of Cardigan Bay boasts six Blue part in this action-packed weekend Flag beaches. Relish these views whether you're an experienced by taking a walk to Borth along player or novice. the coastal path - you might even see a bottlenose dolphin offshore. 8 Watch a performance at the Arts Centre Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre has a wide range of entertainment to suit everyone, from comedy to dance and film to art - some of the biggest names appear here. 10 Kick the bar and go up Consti Take a walk along the promenade and kick the bar at the very end by Constitution Hill - a famous tradition here, reputedly for good luck, and some say to ward off the evil spirits! You can also go up Constitution Hill by boarding our electric funicular railway, which is the longest of its kind in Britain.
6 Aberystwyth University Why study in the UK? World Famous Education Course Flexibility UK University Education is amongst the best in the Many courses offer a range of core and elective world and is internationally renowned for high academic modules, so that you can build a degree that suits your standards. Aberystwyth University was recently named interests. University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Practical Experience Learning Environment Several courses in the UK include or allow a wide range of opportunities for practical work experience, many Within the UK higher Education system, students are of which will count towards your degree. There may encouraged to think independently and express their also be opportunities to gain professional accreditation own ideas. It is an interactive environment, designed whilst studying. to encourage debate, critical-thinking and decision- making.
Aberystwyth University 7 Visa and Student Support International Office The University has a dedicated International Office which is responsible for promoting the University overseas, co-ordinating student recruitment, developing and nurturing institutional and other links world-wide, along with managing study abroad and student exchange opportunities. Staff attend exhibitions and fairs in many parts of the world and can provide advice and guidance to you on studying in Aberystwyth. Supporting you International Student Adviser Mentoring Scheme We have an International Student Adviser based in the Our Signpost Mentoring Scheme is free, friendly and International Office who can offer advice and support confidential. Our mentors, who are either third year on a wide range of issues, as well as providing specialist undergraduates or postgraduate students, will assist you immigration advice and help with applying for visas. with any aspect of University life and help you to settle in smoothly. Welcome Week Compliance Team A special international induction week is organised for international students at the start of your first semester. We have a Visa Compliance Team offering guidance and We hold a Welcome Ceremony where you will get the support on Visa Compliance issues before and after you opportunity to meet the International Office staff and arrive at Aberystwyth University. For further information other international students and enjoy a buffet and please see www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/visa- drinks to welcome you to Aberystwyth. immigration-compliance
8 Aberystwyth University Our residences at a glance: GUARANTEED accommodation for International students Price Band Catered / Part-Catered Residence Café Shower en-suite GUARANTEED Laundry Rooms first year Wi-Fi accommodation for Dedicated Welsh Residences EU students Social and Study Areas P Parking Learning Centres Catered/part-catered residences Cwrt Mawr Pantycelyn-Penbryn Pantycelyn P P P • accommodation and • dedicated residence for The University’s traditional residence part-catered food package learners or Welsh-speaking for Welsh speakers and learners is students who wish to live in a being fully refurbished to provide • single rooms, in flats of 6-10 Welsh speaking environment catered, en-suite single study students • accommodation with a catered bedrooms with wi-fi and dedicated • shared communal facilities with food package shared communal facilities. The fully-equipped kitchen • single rooms in flats of 12-25 University is working towards • use of The Lounge @ Rosser students reopening Pantycelyn by September • on Penglais Campus • shared communal facilities 2019. Pending completion including use of kitchenettes’ of construction, alternative • use of The Lounge @ Rosser accommodation is available at • award-winning TaMed Da Pantycelyn-Penbryn. restaurant
Aberystwyth University 9 Self-catered residences Fferm Penglais Pentre Jane Morgan Cwrt Mawr P (student village) P • single en-suite rooms P • single rooms, (with double beds), in flats of in flats of 6-10 students • single rooms, 6-8 students with shared in houses of 5 or 6 students • shared communal facilities kitchen/living area • shared communal facilities • use of The Lounge@Rosser • single self-contained studios • has an area dedicated to Welsh • use of The Lounge@PJM • on Penglais Campus speaking students • 5 minutes’ walk from Penglais • on site shop, café, with social and Campus study areas • 5 minutes’ walk from Penglais Campus Rosser Trefloyne Seafront Residences P P • single rooms, • single rooms (some en-suite), • single en-suite rooms, in flats of 7 students in flats of 2-10 students in flats of up to 8 students • shared communal facilities • shared communal facilities • shared communal facilities • use of The Lounge@Rosser • use of learning centres on • use of The Lounge@Rosser • on Penglais Campus Penglais Campus • on Penglais Campus • 20 minutes’ walk from Penglais Campus For information on our accommodation fees, and much more, visit www.aber.ac.uk/accommodation
10 Aberystwyth University Sports Centre and Societies Medieval Re-enactment Society Nomadic Players Debating Society Theatre Society Fencing Hiking Society Sports Centre Clubs and societies The Sports Centre offers a range of equipment and The Students' Union is home to Team Aber, which offers facilities to support your wellbeing. From the basics, a range of competitive and non-competitive sport clubs including gym, treadmills and a swimming pool, to for all abilities. There is even a Sports Week before the extras, including a female only weight room and Welcome Week to give you the chance to start at uni sauna. If you don’t fancy exercising on your own you early and try out some of the sports on offer. In addition could always join one of the wide range of classes to the Students' Union over 100 academic, international, at the Sports Centre. All of these will be free to you recreational, cultural and faith, arts and shared interest with the use of your Platinum membership that you’ll societies, so everyone can find a new or existing hobby receive if you live in one of our halls of residence! that interests them. You can even set up your own club or society if it doesn’t exist yet!
Aberystwyth University 11 The International Office Social Programme The Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA) Machynlleth International Student Trips The International Office organises a social programme which allows students to explore places outside of Aberystwyth whilst meeting new friends. Day trips are organised all year round to places such as St Davids, Cardiff and Portmeirion and afternoon trips to local beauty spots such as Newquay, Nant yr Arian and the Elan Valley. One World Week at Aberystwyth One World Week is our annual Aberystwyth University event celebrating the diverse culture of our University. This is a student driven programme, including the One World Gala Evening with traditional dance and music, country themed evenings, international film afternoons, debates, and the World Fair, with traditional food and drink from student's home countries, as well as menus reflecting our diverse nationalities served in our University restaurant TaMed Da.
12 Aberystwyth University Recent research highlights… Making life easier Smashed smartphone screens could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new discovery by university researchers. A team of scientists from Aberystwyth University, the Australian National University, the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris, and Orléans University in France have been studying the structure of alumino-silicate glasses which are used in a range of industrial processes, including the manufacture of screens for hand-held devices, and how the resistance of such glasses to breakages could be improved. Food security Scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are celebrating the top listing of two new high sugar ryegrasses developed at Aberystwyth, adding further to the Aber High Sugar Grass (Aber HSG) range that has become a worldwide success story since the first variety was launched in 2000. Now grown around the world, on farms as far afield as New Zealand, the award- winning Aber HSG varieties are renowned for their combination of dry matter yield and quality and offer livestock farmers a significant opportunity to produce more milk or meat from homegrown feed. Addressing famine Aberystwyth Computer Science student Nathan Hughes has been researching CT technology in a pioneering wheat study. By extracting novel information from 3D images of wheat grain heads, Nathan’s work will help scientists to develop new types of wheat which can thrive in a changing climate.
Aberystwyth University 13 Advising policy makers A leading expert on international trade policy from Aberystwyth’s Business School has been providing specialist research advice to the National Assembly for Wales on how Brexit is likely First in the world again! to impact the Welsh economy. Part of Professor Nicholas Glaciologists from Aberystwyth have successfully drilled 150m deeper Perdikis’ brief was to examine than they did when they completed the first ever drilling of the world’s how a range of scenarios could highest glacier. The team of scientists from Aberystwyth University and impact on trade in Wales, the University of Leeds undertook a six-week mission to the Khumbu including no deal or trading glacier in the foothills of Mount Everest as part of the EverDrill project. on World Trade Organisation Working at an altitude of roughly 5,000 metres, the team drilled into terms as well as membership of the 17km-long glacier at three different points. Sensors for recording the European Economic Area the glacier’s internal temperature and how it flows were installed to as a transitional arrangement. collect data and help scientists to monitor climate change. Aberystwyth on Mars Scientists from the University are part of an international team who are developing and testing the data processing tools for the camera system that will feature on the European Space Agency’s 2020 mission to Mars. The PanCam instrument will be the eyes of the ExoMars Rover and the images it produces will be key to the success of the mission. Addressing the problem of human trafficking The work of Professor Piotrowicz from the Aberystwyth Law School, addresses the problem of human trafficking by outlining the human rights obligations of states towards people at risk of being trafficked. Professor Piotrowicz’s work has already influenced the guidelines published by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and he participates in the European Commission’s Group of Experts. This will directly affect the treatment of victims of trafficking by states.
14 Aberystwyth University Campus Community Arts Centre Libraries The Arts Centre is the perfect place to see a show, watch Aberystwyth University’s libraries offer flexible study a film, enjoy some treats, buy your books and socialise spaces to suit everyone’s learning, including group with friends. There is something here for everyone and individual study rooms, well-equipped computer whether it is a London West End show on tour, Abertoir facilities, and a wealth of learning resources that will (Horror Film Festival), Christmas Spectaculars or our enable you to thrive in your studies. The Hugh Owen annual food and craft fair. Library is open 24 hours during term-times. The libraries also hold several rare and special collections providing The Arts Centre is the hub of culture at Aberystwyth. you with access to unique learning materials. Its Theatre, Great Hall and Studio have hosted performances by nationally-recognised theatre and dance companies, like the National Theatre of Wales. Student lounges The Arts Centre cinema screens new releases and live screenings by theatre companies, including the Royal On Penglais Campus we have two buildings dedicated Shakespeare Company. to relaxed studying, and some departments offer their Recognised by the Arts Council of Wales as one of the own study areas. The Rosser Lounge and Pentre Jane major galleries in Wales, the Arts Centre is the principle Morgan Lounge are perfect for social study or studying regional contemporary art gallery for mid and west Wales. in a more relaxed setting. The Music Centre E-learning The Music Centre provides you with the opportunity to Our Blackboard virtual learning environment gives you join our choir or orchestra, or to continue playing your access to your course materials anywhere and anytime. particular instrument. Located in the Old College, our This includes recordings of your lectures, submitting teaching and practice rooms hold numerous pianos, your assignments online, departmental announcements a two-manual electronic organ, harp, harpsichord and online reading lists to assist your studies. Across and chamber organ, as well as percussion and other campus we have around 800 computers available to instruments. There is even a Music Scholarship available use in libraries and dedicated computer rooms, some of to students who are skilled orchestral instrumentalists. which are available 24 hours.
Aberystwyth University 15 International English Centre Our British Council Accredited International English Centre (IEC) can support you before you begin your degree and all through your studies. We offer pre-sessional courses of you have not yet reached the level of English needed to study here, ranging from 6-42 weeks in length. These intensive courses enable you to develop the language and academic skills needed for degree success. If you do not meet the entry requirements as stated below, successful completion of the IEC's International Foundation Certificate or Pre-Masters Programme offers guaranteed entry onto a bachelors or masters degree at Aberystwyth. We also offer a Target English course for students who want to improve their language skills and gain confidence studying in English. We are also here to help you throughout your studies with a wealth of language support. This includes one-to-one language consultations; free writing and communication skills classes; and credit- bearing modules aimed at improving your written communication. English Language Requirements Subject IELTS Undergraduate Computer Science/Physics/Mathematics 6.0 As our degree courses are taught in English, you will be English Literature and Creative Writing (MA) 7.0 required to demonstrate proficiency in English in order English Literature and Creative Writing (PhD) 7.5 to study here. Examples of our typical English language Geography and Earth Sciences 7.0 requirements are: International Politics 7.0 Law and Criminology (LLM by Research, MPhil, PhD) 7.0 • IELTS – minimum of 6.0 (some subjects will require a Psychology7.0 higher level) Theatre, Film and Television Studies 7.0 • TOEFL – score of at least 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) For more information on other English language tests • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English that we accept, including the specific component scores • Pearson Test of English Academic – score of 55 that are required, visit www.aber.ac.uk/postgrad/apply/ • Brunei Cambridge O Level – grade C english-language • Hong Kong UUse of English AS level – grade C • INDIA Standard XII – 70% • Malaysian SMP 1119 – grade C • Singapore Cambridge O Level – grade C Postgraduate Most subjects require a 6.5 IELTS score. However the following subjects require a different overall score:
16 Aberystwyth University Study Abroad Exchanges Exciting opportunities to expand your studies International Exchange Programme Through the University's International Currently our partners include: Exchange Programme, you can spend a semester or a full academic USA year studying at one of our partner - American University - University of Alabama universities. The time spent abroad - Boise State University - University of Georgia will usually take place during your - Bowling Green State University - University of Montana second year and is an integrated part - Carroll University - Utica College of the degree with many departments. - Purdue University - Washington State University We have an exciting collection of - Queen’s University of Charlotte - Willamette University partners around the world and we Canada are delighted to be able to send out - Dalhousie University - University of Ottawa students every year to countries such - McGill University - University of Victoria as the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong - University of Guelph Kong, China and Thailand. Australia We are also delighted to welcome - University of New South Wales - Murdoch University many incoming students through - Deakin University - University of Newcastle our link with intuitions across North - Griffith University America, Asia and Australia as well as in all other areas of the world. The rest of the world - Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy - Renmin University, China (Business and Management (International Politics specific) specific) - Thammasat University, Thailand - Hong Kong Baptist University - T.K. Zhurgenov, Kazakhstan *partnerships subject to change
Aberystwyth University 17 Erasmus+ Erasmus+, the European Union's educational programme, provides opportunities to study and work abroad in a number of degree programmes. The period of study or work abroad is an integrated part of the degree with many departments and is a fantastic way to broaden your horizons and experiences. Students who undertake an Erasmus+ placement will be Study Year Abroad eligible for a non-means tested grant, calculated by how many months you spend there and dependent on which We offer international students the opportunity to study country you will live in and whether you study or work. at Aberystwyth for one academic semester of for the We have a variety of partners in the following countries full academic year. Grades and qualification gained at including: Aberystwyth can be transferred to your home University. Germany: Heidelberg University We welcome application from international students France: La Sorbonne who are currently studying at university or higher Spain: University of Cadiz education institutions overseas who wish to experience Norway: University of Tromso life at a British University. Italy: University of Padova If you have any queries at all regarding a study abroad Ireland: Trinity College Dublin programme please contact out Study Abroad Office at Poland: University of Wroclaw email@example.com Austria: University of Natural Resources Denmark: Aarhus University Turkey: Bilkent Univeristy Malta: University of Malta If you have any queries at all regarding any of our Erasmus+ exchange opportunities please contact our Erasmus Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Aberystwyth University Employability These are just some of the opportunities waiting for you... University and departmental opportunities Become a University Ambassador and share your experience with applicants looking for the perfect university to start their next chapter. This role will include showing visitors around campus and assisting your department with other visits and events. AberWorks Year in Employment Scheme This scheme offers opportunities for part-time or Our Year in Employment Scheme allows you to casual work within the University, ranging from catering undertake a work experience placement between your and administrative work, to ambassador roles and second and third year. The University will keep your more. During term-time, if work is available, you may place on your degree course, and when you return you choose to work up to 15 hours per week, with more will enter the third year of your degree, as if you’d never hours possible during vacation periods. Work could be been away! Taking part in the scheme may also provide based on any of the University’s campuses including you with the opportunity to make or test decisions the Old College and our Farms. What’s great about the about a chosen career path; work abroad and learn a scheme is that you can accept work that fits around your new language; secure sponsorship for your final year, schedule, so that you’re not disrupting your studies but or a promise of work after graduation. Most graduates are still gaining experience, and additional money. return saying they feel better placed to take on the challenges of the third year by being more motivated, energized, can take a fresh approach to their work, and have acquired better time management skills.
Aberystwyth University 19 Living costs This is a general example of the kinds of costs incurred by an undergraduate staying at Aberystwyth. Remember, these will vary according to lifestyle. Costs are calculated over the academic year which is usually around 39 weeks. University Residences Private Sector Expenditure Cost per week Cost per annum Cost per week Cost per annum Room From £85.40 From £3330 From £65 From £2890 Food, Laundry & Toiletries £45 £1,800 £45 £1,800 Bills (energy, internet) Included Included £15 - £25 £600 - £1000 Contents Insurance Included Included £88 – £178.13 Phone Contracts £12.50 + per month £12.50 + per month Books, Equipment & Stationery £150 £150 Clothing £200 £200 Social £30 £1,170 £30 £1,170 Aber Sport Residential Package Included Included £70 / £125 TV Licence £150.50 £150.50 Extras £10 £400 £10 £400 Please bear in mind that these are average costs. The residential costs at Aberystwyth are much lower than in some parts of the country. Travel costs within the town are low and general living costs are much cheaper.
20 Aberystwyth University Fees and funding How you will finance your studies is a major consideration when you're choosing where to study. In this section we've included the main points of information to help you. For full details please see: Undergraduate: www.aber.ac.uk/scholarships Postgraduate www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/calculator European Students *The Welsh Government is still to confirm tuition fees Tuition Fees – Entry 2018* for 2019/20 onwards, which means that for students Undergraduate degree Amount (£) starting in 2018/19 or after, tuition fees may rise for any Full Session 9,000 successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Single Semester 4,500 Welsh Government. These increases would also apply Exchange out (Full Session) 1,350 for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry 1,800 Year in Industry. Year Abroad 1,350 Student Finance Wales (Entry 2019) Postgraduate courses Amount (£) European students are eligible for financial help towards the cost of studying in Wales. Arts and Social Sciences 6,280 Undergraduate students can receive a loan to cover MBA 12,000 the full cost of the tuition fees and Postgraduate Sciences 7,160 students can receive a loan of £13,000. PGCE (Teacher Training) 9000 The Welsh Government has confirmed that funding PhD 4,260 will continue into 2019/20. Scholarships and Awards - Entry 2019 Award Amount (£) Notes Entrance Scholarship & Up to 2,000 The Entrance Scholarship competition involves sitting two exams Merit Award per year on Tuesday 29th January. Scholarships are worth up to £2,000 (Undergraduate) a year. All award holders are given a reduced offer of a place at the University and a guarantee of a place to live in a University residence throughout their time as an Undergraduate student. Academic Excellence 2,000 To reward academic excellence achieved prior to beginning Studentship in first year your degree we are pleased to offer Academic Excellence (Undergraduate) Studentships worth £2,000 in the first year of study to applicants from the UK/EU who place Aberystwyth University at their Firm choice through UCAS and go on to achieve at least the equivalent of Grade AAA at A level. Please contact us for grade equivalences. Departmental Awards Up to 500 A number of our academic departments offer Department (Undergraduate) per year Awards – Department of Mathematics, Department of Physics, Department of Computer Science. Aberystwyth Bursary 500 Applicants from the UK and EU whose residual income is (Undergraduate) £35,000 or lower will be entitled to receive £500 a year towards their living costs. Applicants from EU should complete and return the tuition fee support from (EU18N) for new students from Student Finance Wales.
Aberystwyth University 21 International Students Tuition Fees – Entry 2019 Undergraduate degree Amount (£) Full Session Arts 13,450 Full Session Sciences 15,000 Exchange out (Full Session) 1,800 Year in Industry 1,800 Year Abroad 1,800 Postgraduate courses Amount (£) Masters Arts and Social Sciences 14,500 MBA 16,000 Masters Sciences 15,750 PGCE (Teacher Training) 14,500 PhD - Arts and Social Sciences 14,500 PhD - Sciences 15.750 Scholarships and Awards - Entry 2019 Level Name Amount (£) Deadline Undergraduate International Excellence Year 1 – 4,000 30th June 2018 Scholarships Year 2 – 2,000 Year 3 – 2,000 Undergraduate & Postgraduate Aberystwyth International UG - 2,000 per year 31st July 2018 Scholarship (AIS) PG – 2,000 Postgraduate Taught International Postgraduate 5,000 27th July 2018 Excellence Scholarship (IPES) PhD AberDoc Scholarship Competition Full grant for up 26th July 2018 to three years covering tuition fees and maintenance allowance
22 Aberystwyth University Department list School of Art 23 Information Studies 32 Biological, Environmental and International Politics 33 Rural Sciences (IBERS) 24 Aberystwyth Law School 34 Aberystwyth Business School 26 Mathematics35 Computer Science 27 Modern Languages 36 Education28 Physics37 English and Creative Writing 29 Psychology38 Geography and Earth Sciences 30 Theatre, Film and Television Studies 39 History and Welsh History 31 Welsh and Celtic Studies 40
+44(0)1970 622460 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/art Aberystwyth University 23 School of Art Key Facts The School of Art offers stimulating and creatively 94% Student Satisfaction challenging courses. Our school has accredited museum (NSS 2018) status and our international significant art collections 2nd in the UK for Student and galleries are a fitting symbol of our aim to bridge experience and 3rd for Teaching traditional skills with new technologies. quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018) Undergraduate courses 97% of our graduates were in work or further study within Art History 6 months (HESA 2018) Creative Arts Top 10 in the UK for the Subject Fine Art of Art and Design (The Times Liberal Arts and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018) Postgraduate courses Art History Art and Art History Our graduates are: Fine Art • University educators • Secondary school teachers • Art gallery managers • Museum or exhibition curators • Journalists • Art directors in publishing • Conservators of easel painting, ceramics and works on paper “I study Fine Art and Education here at Aber. I love how stunning the area is with hills rolling straight into the sea. Aberystwyth is amazing for walks; I find myself taking my sketch book out with me. I will take so many memories with me, being surrounded by people that make me laugh and all the fun antics we get up to.” Paulina Kyprianou
24 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 621986 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) Key Facts At IBERS you will become part of a world-class teaching Internationally recognised and research Institute. We are known for our innovative research and teaching centre work that impacts on international, national and 92% Overall student regional challenges in biology and health, and we pride satisfaction (NSS 2018) ourselves on training skilful graduates that are ready to Top 5 in the UK for research make their own impact on these challenges. Quality (The Complete University Guide in the Times & Sunday Times) Undergraduate courses 6th in the UK for research power ratings (REF 2014) Agriculture 20 course accredits by the Animal Behaviour Royal Society of Biology Animal Science 98% of graduates were in work Biochemistry or further study within six Biology months (HESA 2017) Conservation / Countryside Management Ecology Equine Studies Genetics Our graduates are: Genetics and Biochemistry Human Biology and Health • Research Scientists Life Science • University Professors Marine and Freshwater Biology • Zooplankton Taxonomists Microbiology • Executive Secretary, International Whaling Plant Biology Commission Sport and Exercise Sciences • Environmental Officers Veterinary Biosciences • Development Scientists, Thermo Fisher Scientific Wildlife Conservation • Veterinarians Zoology • Lab Technicians • Journalists Postgraduate courses Animal Science Biosciences Biotechnology Environmental Management Equine Science Livestock Science “My degree in Genetics and Biochemistry Parasite Control gave me a good grounding that prepared Statistics for Computational Biology me very well for my PhD. In fact, one of the courses, Gene Expression and Developmental Genetics inspired me to work in Developmental Biology, which is what I work at today. I will be eternally grateful for the chance I was given and the teaching I received.” Roger – Professor of Neurosciences, University of Copenhagen
Aberystwyth University 25 “Aberystwyth as a town is fabulous and the best part about it is the coastline, and the friendliest people out there, they are truly amazing and welcoming. Aberystwyth University has made me more confident in life and has taught me.” Vikram Kittagali Mahadevaiah
26 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 622500 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/abs Aberystwyth Business School Key Facts The Aberystwyth Business School has an excellent Best in Wales for Marketing reputation for the quality of its teaching, learning (Complete University Guide environment and the cultural experience it offers its 2018) students. We emphasise small-group teaching on our 97% of graduates were in work workplace-relevant degree schemes and are highly or further study within regarded by both students and employers. 6 months (HESA 2018) 10th in the UK for student satisfaction in Management Undergraduate courses (NSS 2018) 4th in the UK for Assessment Accounting and Finance and feedback in the subject Adventure Tourism Management area of Finance (NSS 2018) Business Economics Business Finance Business Management Economics Our graduates are: Marketing Tourism Management • Chartered Accountants • Economists • Retail Bankers Postgraduate courses • Financial Traders • Marketing Executives Accounting • Advertising Copywriters Finance • Media Buyers International Business Management • Hotel Managers International Finance International Finance and Banking Management and Marketing “I enjoy learning about how the economy Management and Finance works. How money isn't just printed out at MBA Management any time but is controlled by the government. Economics allows me to understand the fundamental problems that all societies face. Moreover, it focuses on the interaction of the market and people, how economic agents behave or interact and how the economy works.” Fon Yih Young
+44(0)1970 622424 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/cs Aberystwyth University 27 Computer Science Key Facts We are one of the longest established departments of One of the longest established computer science in the UK. Our commitment to our departments of Computer students has helped us build an outstanding reputation Science in the UK amongst employers for producing innovative and 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales forward-thinking graduates. The Department’s strong (REF 2014) links with major international companies offer our 98% of our graduates were in graduates and students the opportunity to work all over work or further study within 6 the world. months (HESA 2018) Year in employment and industrial year options available Undergraduate courses Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Business Information Technology Our graduates are: Computer Graphics, Vision and Games Computer Science • Software designers Computer science and Artificial Intelligence • Web developers Data Science • IT Consultants Internet Computer and Systems Administration • Game designers Robotics and Embedded Systems Engineering • Computer Sales Executives Software Engineering • Educators Space Science and Robotics Postgraduate courses Computer Science (Software Engineering) Computer science Software Engineering (inc. Integrated Industrial and Professional Training) Data Science Statistics for Computational Biology Idris is the 4 x 4, 4-wheel steering electric vehicle used for our research in field robotics, especially visual navigation. It is shown here undergoing field trials in Tenerife as part of the EU-funded PRoViScout project (Planetary Robotics Vision Scout) for future autonomous planetary exploration missions.
28 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 621580 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/education Education Key Facts At the School of Education we lead by example and Top 5 in the UK for teaching believe that education should be inspiring and creative quality for the subject of to stimulate students’ minds. Our courses, along with Education and for student the School’s supportive and inclusive atmosphere, have experience (The Times and ensured that 98% of our students are in work or further Sunday Times Good University study within 6 months of graduating (HESA 2018). Guide 2018) 98% of our graduates were in work or further studying within Undergraduate courses 6 months (HESA 2018) Placement modules available to Childhood Studies provide work experience Education Highly supportive learning environment and excellent Postgraduate courses teaching facilities Education PGCE Our graduates are: “I came to Aber to study my PGCE in • Nurses Modern Foreign Languages. It is very easy to • Social Carers fall in love with Aberystwyth; a place full of • Speech therapists • Teachers life and unforgettable sunsets. It has the charm • Social Workers of a town but the possibilities of a city. I met • Play therapists my boyfriend here, watched sunsets on the pier and it is something I will never forget. It is a magical town with beautiful views.The people here are all very kind and have a heart of gold. The atmosphere is always very international, and you feel at home.What I will miss the most will be the familiar atmosphere. Every student is important, and teachers listen and have an interest in you.” Beatriz Gómez
+44(0)1970 622534 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/english Aberystwyth University 29 English and Creative Writing Key Facts The Department of English and Creative Writing at Top 10 in the UK for student Aberystwyth delivers an outstanding student experience experience for Creative Writing – our students are some of the happiest and best taught (The Times and Sunday Times undergraduates in the country. Our staff are world- Good University Guide 2018) leading literary scholars and award-winning writers who 97% of research is of inspire our students and support their development as international standing or higher experts in their chosen fields of study. (REF 2014) Staff comprise of a team of literary scholars and award- Undergraduate courses winning writers Provides research led teaching Creative Arts of the highest quality Creative Writing 96% of graduates were in work English Literature or further study within English Literature and Creative Writing 6 months(HESA 2018) Liberal Arts Postgraduate courses Our graduates are: Creative Writing • Art Directors in Publishing English • Graphic Designers Literary Studies • Editors • Journalists • Marketing and Communication Directors • Teachers
30 Aberystwyth University Geography and Earth Sciences The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the largest and most well-respected of its kind in Key Facts the UK, celebrating its centenary year in 2018. We offer a Best in Wales and in the top 15 range of exciting, contemporary degree schemes across in the UK for research quality Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. (REF 2014) One of the oldest Geography Departments in the UK Undergraduate courses 100% Student satisfaction for Human and Social Geography Environmental Earth Science (NSS 2018) Environmental Science No 1 in Wales and top 20 Geography in the UK for the subject of Human Geography Geography and Environmental Physical Geography Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Postgraduate courses 2018) 100% overall student Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation satisfaction for our F840 Geography and Earth Sciences Physical Geography Degree Practising Human Geography (NSS 2018) Remote Sensing and GIS Options of integrated masters Year in employment or year in industry available Our graduates are: • Environmental consultants • Planners • Civil Servants • Surveyors • Teachers “Geography at Aberystwyth is a match made in heaven.With two rivers running through the town, being a coastal environment and a tourist town as well as breath-taking scenery, the possibilities for research are endless.There are a vast amount of options you can study, all taught by world renowned experts who are happy to give you help whenever you need it. It can be summed up as the perfect place to study!” Thomas Cottrell
+44(0)1970 622606 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/dges Aberystwyth University 31 Student walking out of an ice cave on the Franz Joseph Glacier
32 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 622662 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/history History and Welsh History Key Facts From the ancient world to contemporary America, Oldest History Department in from the Samurai of Japan and the monks of medieval Wales (1872) and one of the Wales to Victorian scientists and twentieth-century oldest in the UK dictators, the Department of History and Welsh History Work placements available at Aberystwyth will introduce you to cultures from Small group and one to one across the globe and throughout time. The department teaching has a staff of leading historians in their fields and a 92% student satisfaction for the commitment to research-based teaching and small- subject of History (NSS 2018) group classes. 99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months (HESA 2018) Undergraduate courses History History and Welsh History Our graduates are: Liberal Arts Medieval and Early Modern History • Law professionals Modern and Contemporary History • Archivists Politics and Modern History • Publishers • Politicians Postgraduate courses • Civil Servants • Armed Forces professionals • Entrepreneurs History and Heritage History of Wales Medieval Britain & Europe “What I love about studying History at Modern History Aberystwyth is everything! It is such a great degree scheme, with a wide range of modules to choose from in each year of study.The tutors are fantastic and always helpful and knowledgeable. Everyone within the department is friendly - staff and students alike - which creates a lovely working atmosphere. We have a fantastic resource just down the road, the National Library ofWales, which not only contains every book published in the UK after 1911, but is also a beautiful building to study in and commands the best view over the whole of Aberystwyth town. Studying History at Aberystwyth is the best decision I have ever made!” Rachel Twomey A colorful sunset over Pentre Ifan burial chamber
+44(0)1970 622157 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/dis Aberystwyth University 33 Information Studies Key Facts Information Management, Libraries and Archives at International research Aberystwyth is one of the largest providers of specialist, reputation professional education in information studies in Flexible learning options the UK. We offer a wide range of tailored courses in Access to the National Library contemporary information, archives and records, of Wales, one of the Top digital curation and library studies. European Libraries Dedicated Virtual Learning Undergraduate courses Environment for Distance learners Distance Learning Information and Library Studies Our graduates are: Postgraduate courses • Information Officers Campus Based • Information Managers Archive Administration • Information Systems Officers Digital Curation • Information Analysts Information and Library Studies • Computer Systems Officers Distance Learning Archive Administration Digital Curation Digital Preservation Information and Library Studies Librarianship Management of Library and Information Services
34 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 622709 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/interpol International Politics Key Facts International politics today is about understanding First department of its kind in and tacking global challenges. As a student in the the world, founded in 1919 Department of International Politics you will be perfectly Best in Wales and 7th in the UK placed to gain a deeper understanding of what those for research quality (REF 2014) challenges are and what opportunities and obstacles 94% of graduates were in work shape how we manage them. or further study within 6 months (HESA 2018) 8th in the UK for student Undergraduate courses satisfaction for the subject area of Politics (NSS 2018) International Politics International renowned faculty International Politics and Global Development focussed on understanding how International Politics and Intelligence Studies we tackle the challenges of the International Politics and Military History 21st century International Politics and Strategic Studies Politics Politics and Modern History Strategy, Intelligence and Security Our graduates are: Postgraduate courses • Development sector professionals • Local and national government officials • Civil servants International Politics • Government researchers Welsh Politics and Society • Social researchers Politics, Media and Performance • NGO professionals • Journalists “The location, the course itself, feeling like home, being able to live on the seafront, and the affordability of the course compared to other universities in Britain, whilst maintaining the same quality of teaching, were all factors that influenced my decision to come here. It was clearly a good decision, as I have loved every second of it!” Nora May Engeseth
+44(0)1970 622460 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/als Aberystwyth University 35 Aberystwyth Law School Key Facts Law and Criminology, and their multiple facets, Founded in 1901 as the first Law influence and affect all areas of modern life and society. School in Wales. Since 1901, the Aberystwyth Law School has built upon 77% of graduates enter a rich heritage of academia and experience while also professional level employment embracing modern learning techniques and resources to or graduate level further study equip its students for careers in Law and Criminology. (HESA 2018) 98% of research activity rated Undergraduate courses internationally recognised and above (REF 2014) Strong international profile BA Law All LLMs are available through LLB Law Distance Learning Criminology Criminology and Applied Psychology Specialist/Themed LLB Degree in: Our graduates are: Business Law Criminal Law • Lawyers European Law • Solicitors Human Rights • Legal Consultants • Legal Directors Postgraduate courses • Partners • Investment Bankers Environmental Law and Policy • Corporate Finance Specialists Human Rights and Humanitarian Law International Commercial Law Law Legal Practice Distance Learning Environmental Law and Policy Human Rights and Humanitarian Law International Commercial Law Law
36 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 622802 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/maths Mathematics Key Facts A mathematics degree at Aberystwyth introduces you First University to teach to one of the most widely applicable of disciplines. Mathematics in Wales Aberystwyth has the longest tradition in Wales of All Mathematics research excellence in teaching and research in mathematics judged to be internationally and our inclusive community will help you realize your recognised (REF 2014) ambition and use what you’ve learnt to make your mark Top in the UK for teaching on the world. quality for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Undergraduate courses Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018) 100% overall student satisfaction Applied Mathematics / Pure Mathematics (NSS 2018) Applied Mathematics / Statistics Foundation year available Data Science 96% of graduates were in work Financial Mathematics or further study within 6 months Mathematical and Theoretical Physics (HESA 2018) Mathematics Pure Mathematics / Statistics Postgraduate courses Our graduates are: Data Science • Statistical analysts in computational statistics Mathematics • Teachers Statistics for Computational Biology • Aeronautical Engineers • Accountants and Bankers • Risk Analysts in actuarial work • Financial Managers in investment analysis “Maths is a great course with really friendly and approachable lecturers.The content is always really interesting but challenging to the right extent.The whole department works effectively to offer all the facilities needed to gain a good degree.” Jennifer O'Neil
+44(0)1970 622552 / 55 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/eurolangs Aberystwyth University 37 Modern Languages Key Facts Modern Languages is a warm and supportive 8th in the UK for Modern multilingual department that respects its students Languages (The Guardian and what they bring to the community. We value our League Tables 2019) students’ voice and we aim to motivate and engage 6th in the UK for student you, making your time with us an enjoyable and satisfaction for German stimulating experience. We strive to provide innovative (Complete University Guide teaching which allows you to excel and achieve your full 2018) potential, so that you are ready for life after your degree. 95% of graduates are in work or further study within 6 months Undergraduate courses (HESA 2018) Well-equipped language laboratories with computer and French video recording equipment Liberal Arts Modern Languages Spanish and Latin American Studies Postgraduate PhD courses European Languages Our graduates are: • Translators and Interpreters • Broadcasters • Teachers • Marketing professionals • Human Resources professionals • Website Developers • International Bankers • Civil Servants “The seafront is beautiful, the town is nice, and the university is great.The best memories are the moments I spent with the friends I met here, it was amazing to meet people from all around the world, and we had really good times in pubs or at the beach. I miss my friends the most, as well as the sunsets at the beach. Actually, I think I miss almost everything, as I had a really good time in Aberystwyth.” Maude Gonthier
38 Aberystwyth University +44(0)1970 62802 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aber.ac.uk/en/phys Physics Key Facts When you study Physics at Aberystwyth, you will be part Institute of Physics (IOP) of a friendly, informal atmosphere in a Department with accredited courses over 140 years of excellence in teaching and research. Top 10 in the UK for teaching We are committed to small-group and laboratory-based for the subject are of Physics & teaching and we place a strong emphasis on project work Astronomy (NSS 2018) where you can share our passion for the subject in our Research Led Teaching specialist areas of space, materials and quantum physics. Integrated Masters and integrated year in industry Undergraduate courses options available Astrophysics Engineering Physics Our graduates are: Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Physics • Medical Physicists Physics with Planetary and Space Physics • Radiation Protection Practitioners Space Science and Robotics • Research Scientists • Systems Developers Postgraduate PhD courses • Product Developers • Technical Authors Materials Physics • Meteorologists Solar System Physics “Aber has a very close-knit community with very kind people. Aber being a student town, it was very easy to adjust here. I was easily accustomed to the student life here with tons of friends who became a second family.” Avishaa Kulkarni
+44(0)1970 628796 email@example.com www.aber.ac.uk/en/psychology Aberystwyth University 39 Psychology Key Facts When you study Psychology at Aberystwyth you get more Top in the UK or teaching than an education in theory. You’ll receive a passionate quality and student experience understanding of the subject from staff who care not only for the subject of Psychology for psychology, but also the community spirit we are so (The Times and Sunday Times very proud of. You’ll find a home here, a personal and Good University Guide 2018) dedicated approach where you can be yourself. 96% of graduates were in work or further study within 6 months Undergraduate courses (HESA 2018) Department and all degrees accredited by the British Psychology Psychology Society (BPS) Psychology and Criminology 95% overall student satisfaction Psychology and Education for the department of Psychology (NSS 2018) Postgraduate MPhil / PhD course Psychology Our graduates are: • Clinical, Educational, Occupational, Sports and Exercise psychologists; • Psychotherapists and Counsellors; • Social Workers; • Health Care professionals; • Careers Advisors; • Marketing, Publishing, and Advertising professionals. “I love my tutors - they are truly amazing, passionate about their specific psychology areas and very, very kind! I also love my department - new, modern and accessible! I love how this course made me think deeper, explore new theories and come up with new ideas.The department is also very receptive to bilingual people coming from other countries!” Maryna Chwaszczewska
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