List of universities in Wales

There are currently eight universities in Wales which have the authority to award academic degrees. Welsh universities have the power to award degrees at all levels: undergraduate, masters, and doctoral. Education in Wales is controlled by the Welsh Government under the terms of the Government of Wales Act 2006. The minister responsible for higher education is the Minister for Education & Skills. University status in Wales and throughout the United Kingdom today is conferred by the Privy Council which takes advice from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.[1][2]

In the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, three Welsh universities are among the top 400 worldwide: Cardiff University (at 201 - 225), Aberystwyth University (at 301 - 350), and Bangor University (at 301 - 350). [3] The 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities only ranks one Welsh university amongst its top 400 - Cardiff University at 101 - 150. [4]

All Welsh universities are public universities and funded by the Welsh Government (through its Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) and financial support is provided for Welsh-domiciled students by the Student Finance Wales. Students ordinarily resident in Wales or the European Union do not pay tuition fees for their first undergraduate degree, but tuition fees are charged for those from the rest of the United Kingdom. All students are required to pay tuition fees for postgraduate education (e.g. MSc, PhD), except in certain priority areas funded by the Welsh Government, or if another source of funding can be found (e.g. research council studentship for a PhD).


Rank English Name Welsh Name Image Year of foundation Location Students Attending
1 Cardiff University Prifysgol Caerdydd 1883 Cardiff 30,480 (2014/15)[5]
Founded as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and merged in 1988 with the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, and with University of Wales College of Medicine in 2004
2 University of South Wales Prifysgol De Cymru 2013 (origins 1841) Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd 27,710 (2014/15)[5]
Formed by the merger of University of Wales, Newport (1841) and Glamorgan University (1913) in 2013. Also Incorporates the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
3 Swansea University Prifysgol Abertawe 1920 Swansea 16,020 (2014/15)[5]
Founded as the University College, Swansea
4 Cardiff Metropolitan University Prifysgol Fetropolitan Caerdydd 1865 Cardiff 13,670 (2014/15)[5]
Formed as Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011. Founded as the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in 1976. Founded as the Cardiff School of Art & Design in 1865.
5 Bangor University Prifysgol Bangor 1884 Gwynedd 10,765 (2014/15)[5]
Founded as the University College of North Wales
6 University of Wales, Trinity Saint David Prifysgol Cymru, Y Drindod Dewi Sant 2010 (origins 1822) Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, London and Swansea 10,425 (2014/15)[5]
Formed in 2010 by the merger of University of Wales, Lampeter (1822), Trinity University College (1848) and Swansea Metropolitan University (1992)
7 Aberystwyth University Prifysgol Aberystwyth 1872 Ceredigion 9,835 (2014/15)[5]
Founded as the University College Wales
8 Glyndŵr University Prifysgol Glyndŵr 1887 Wrexham 6,765 (2014/15)[5]
Founded in as the Wrexham School of Science and Art

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