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Aberystwyth is an attractive town on the western coast of Wales, around 75 miles northwest of Cardiff and 180 miles northwest of London. It is home to one university, the University of Aberystwyth, with around 8,500 students.
Postgraduate students in Aberystwyth benefit from proximity to excellent scholarly resources while living and studying in a relatively calm and sheltered part of the UK.
Aberystwyth itself is a popular seasonal tourist destination and students have year-round access to the picturesque coast, national park, scenic landscapes and Welsh heritage sites that attract these visitors. Transport to other parts of Wales and England is also possible via rail connections to Birmingham, across mid-Wales.
The hills and valleys that are a hallmark of Welsh geography mean that journeys to other Welsh cities such as Cardiff take longer than might be expected, with train services taking between four and five hours. On the plus side, such trips mean the chance to witness the beautiful Welsh scenery and, once in Cardiff, connections to London and other major English cities are readily available.
University education has been an important factor in Aberystwyth’s development from a small market town to an important Welsh educational hub. Founded in 1872, the University of Aberystwyth was originally part of the University of Wales, the first Welsh university-level institution with the power to grant its own degrees.
Since 2007, Aberystwyth has been completely independent and it is now usually ranked within the top 50 UK universities.
In addition to its university, Aberystwyth is also home to the National Library of Wales, which is one of only six legal deposits libraries in the UK (institutions that are entitled to request a free copy of any publication issued in the UK).
Aberystwyth has a small but vibrant economy, with major employers in the town including the NHS, the university itself and the National Library of Wales.
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The Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth has a strong research focus on techniques and applications of intelligent systems, working with many major companies. Read more
An MRes is a Masters programme with more research than taught elements, a ‘Research Masters’. If you undertake the MRes in Agriculture you will need to successfully complete any two modules from the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production and the Research Methods module. Read more
Our MSc in Animal Science provides students with research-led, high quality postgraduate teaching and education. By providing you with biological, scientific and professional training in the field of Animal Science, this course will enable you to pursue leading careers in a wide range of Animal Science related fields throughout the world. Read more
By studying the MA in Archive Administration at postgraduate level, you will learn professional principles and techniques and acquire the core skills which will enable you to play a part in the preservation, management and exploitation of an invaluable informational and historical resource. Read more
Archival material is unique and irreplaceable; its range infinite and inexhaustible. Often described as the 'documentary heritage' or the 'raw material of history', it has a significant dual role. Read more
This balanced programme of art practice, professional preparedness, and academic study will suit students who wish to explore working as professional artists or as art academics. The School of Art at Aberystwyth provides supervision and specialist knowledge in a broad range of subjects and is committed to excellence in both studio practice and academic study. Read more
This course makes an ideal stepping-stone for those considering PhD or company-based research and provides an opportunity for you to explore your interest in the biosciences in depth while showing a commitment to a research-focused career. Read more
The Biotechnology MSc within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) provides you with key skills, specialist knowledge and essential training for a career in industrial or academic bioscience. Increasingly, biotechnology companies are recruiting Master’s students with specialised skills to perform jobs previously the reserve of Doctorate level scientists. Read more
The Chemistry course aims to give student teachers the professional skills needed to become successful teachers who can develop learners' skills and understanding of Chemistry and its application. Read more
Our MSc in Computer Science aims to provide an intensive, professionally-oriented introduction to computing for able graduates in other disciplines, especially the humanities, to enable them to enter the software industry. Read more
The Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a community of people with a commitment to sustainability and specialist knowledge of architecture, low impact building, renewable energy engineering, climate change and environmental science. For the last 40 years CAT has pioneered sustainability practice and theory in the UK, and it promotes an integrated understanding of environmental solutions.