Undergraduate Pathway in Science


Program Description

Science at Swansea University incorporates a range of subjects, from biology through to zoology. All these subjects bring together a range of research centres and provide an understanding of the world we live in. Swansea University is renowned for its research excellence in aquaculture, climate change, geo-informatics, geography, glaciology and zoology.

Key Features

The College, Swansea University provides teaching in smaller groups, with a personalised and supportive educational philosophy that encourages students to reach their maximum academic potential. All courses are available with a choice of start dates and durations, depending on your qualifications and English Language proficiency.

When you study in The College, Swansea University, you are a full student of the University from the start of your course.



University foundation modules

(8 modules from the following depending on degree pathway)

  • Analytical Techniques 1
  • Biology 1
  • Biology 2
  • Composition and Style
  • Critical Thinking
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Globalisation
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Mass Communications
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Principles of ICT
  • Statistics

First-year degree modules

  • 120 Credits of Level 1 Swansea University modules in your chosen subject.


  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communications (ILSC) (worth 20 credits)
  • Academic Support (Tutorial Classes)


The following durations and start dates are available, depending on your IELTS Score.


  • Two semesters: September or January start
  • Three semesters: September, November or May start

First Year Degree

  • Two semesters: September start

Entry Requirements

There are both English Language and Academic Entry Requirements for Foundation and First Year study.

You can be admitted directly to First Year if your academic qualifications do not require a Foundation stage of study. For details please refer to our Admission Requirements by Country document.

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition at Swansea University to prepare you for successful entry into your chosen programme at a later date.

How to Apply

You can apply via our online form.

Before you submit your application, please make sure that:

  • You know which course you want to study and which date you want to start.
  • You have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application. Please note: the limit for all attachments is 25MB.
  • Alternatively, you can download the Application Form in PDF format, fill in and send to the-college-admissions@swansea.ac.uk with the necessary documents.

Please note: If you are a citizen/permanent resident of the United Kingdom and have not lived outside of the UK for at least three years, you may not be eligible to apply via The College, Swansea University. Admissions staff will review your application and get in touch to advise you.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

University Foundation £16,000 (2 Semesters)
£16,000 (3 Semesters - November Intake)
£19,000 (3 Semesters)
First Year Degree £17,450
Second Year Degree £15,700 - £18,500
Final Year Degree £15,700 - £18,500

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the University libraries, but you may choose to purchase personal copies. All software needed for the course is available on the University network for use within University computer rooms. Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus, including halls of residence. Personal costs such as the purchase of stationery, photocopying costs, parking fees or travel between the campuses are not included in your tuition fees.

For all courses, you will need to have or purchase suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear (wellington boots).

Depending on your degree pathway, you may have the following additional costs:

Biology, Zoology and Marine Biology:

  • Year One: Lab coat and dissection kit, approximately £30
  • Optional Tropical Marine Biology field course in Puerto Rico, costs ~£1200 - £1700
  • Optional Sikkim overseas field trip in Biology and Zoology, student contribution of £500 towards travel and accommodation

Geography and Human Geography:

  • Students choose from a range of overseas field courses, all of which are subsidised but require an additional payment, which varies according to the destination, e.g. Austria or Berlin, approximately £250; Vancouver or New York, approximately £900.

Level 2 Joint Honours:

  • Students may attend an international field course as space allows but pay the full cost of the field course (e.g. currently £450 for Mallorca).
  • Non-Physical Earth Science students can select GEL204 which includes a Pembrokeshire field weekend at a cost of £65 (for non-PES students).

Degree Pathways

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of one of the following from Swansea University:

  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Earth Science
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geography and Geo-Informatics
  • BA (Hons) Human Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology

Last updated Jan 2020

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