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Where higher education began in Wales and teaching excellence and real-world research continues

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Where higher education began in Wales and teaching excellence and real-world research continues

UWTSD is a dynamic learning and research environment that embraces innovation and collaboration. Many of our postgraduate taught, research and professional programmes offer a choice of part-time, full-time or online/distance learning.


UWTSD has three main campuses, Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter, a campus in London and centres in Cardiff and Birmingham.

Art & Design, Business & Management, STEM, Teacher Training, Education and Psychology are based in Swansea, a vibrant, student-friendly city with a five-mile beach.

Humanities teaching and research is based largely on the historic Lampeter campus where the University was first founded in 1822.

Our Carmarthen campus, situated in the beautiful Welsh countryside and within walking distance of the town centre, is home to our Social Sciences, Early Childhood, Welsh and Bilingual Studies, Performing Arts and Outdoor and PE programmes.

Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts (WAVDA), based in Cardiff, builds on the success of WIAV and CBC.

Where higher education began in Wales and teaching excellence and real-world research continues

Equipment and facilities

UWTSD offers excellent equipment and facilities, from studio spaces and well-equipped workshops for Swansea College of Art students, to the new £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development, with state-of-the-art equipment for a variety of STEM subjects. Carmarthen provides superb sports facilities and exercise science equipment, plus a well-equipped theatre and media technology. Impressive research facilities at Lampeter include the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives.

Subject areas

Teaching staff

Our postgraduate teaching centres on the expertise of our are research-active staff.


UWTSD is a historic, research-led university that has drawn international acclaim for a variety of projects. Experienced staff advise and support research students within their area of study. UWTSD also seeks to provide research students with the skills they need to develop their academic and professional careers, as well as helping them feel part of a wider academic community.

Doctoral College

Building on the existing UWTSD Researcher Development Programme, postgraduate research training and support will now be provided by the University’s new Doctoral College. It will have a dedicated online platform designed to allow collaboration across research groups and interests, as well as being your hub for resources and events, accessible wherever you chose to study with us.

Where higher education began in Wales and teaching excellence and real-world research continues

Student support

New Student Hubs (Hwb) bring a range of services together to provide a one-stop-shop to deal with queries and issues, including providing access to counselling and mental health support.

Careers Service

The UWTSD Careers Service is available to all students during their studies and after graduation.


All three main campuses have on-site accommodation and officers can help you find a place to live on or off campus.

Department / School information and available programmes:

The Swansea based Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) is a multidisciplinary faculty, covering subjects in the built environment, computing, electronics, environmental conservation, logistics and manufacturing engineering.

The Faculty has a principle of purchasing industry-standard equipment and leading software applications to ensure that all students are able to build real-world, practical skills throughout their studies, to prepare them for employment. Throughout the faculty we give our student access to equipment and software including:

* Composites Autoclave
* Thermographic cameras
* Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer
* 5 axis CNC machining centre
* Engine dynamometers
* Solidworks
* DeltaVision
* Siemens NX
* ANSYS Fluent
* Visual Studio
* SQL Server
* Proteus

We also pride ourselves on the excellent levels of support that we provide to all of our students, throughout the faculty, both on campus and online. Our experienced tutors are friendly and approachable and are available for one-to-one advice throughout the semester, either in person or via email, phone or Skype.

The Faculty continually aims to:
* Create programmes that are designed and updated in close co-operaton with organisation and professional bodies to ensure our students receive the most up-to-date and industry-relevant education.
* Build and maintain enthusiastic teaching teams to provide active local and international links that feed up-to-date skills and real-world scenarios into learning activities and coursework
* Produce graduates that are highly employable
* To use our research expertise to work with industry to provide solutions to problems

Industry links
Our academic staff work to develop knowledge within a specialist area of research and participate in scientific conferences. A particular strength is the strong industrial experience of many staff and this brings a real-world context for much of the student project work.

The Faculty works closely with external organisations and professional bodies to ensure that our programmes are relevant to the needs of industry and prepare our graduates for employment. We aim to achieve professional recognition for all of our programmes, which range from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, British Computer Society and BREAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment.

All academic disciplines within the faculty are wholly dependent on research-led and research-informed teaching.

We offer MPhil and PhD research supervision for research students. Current research topics include: data acquisition, data mining of large data sets, pedagogy for programming, security threats within wireless networks, medical devices, non-destructive testing, environmental monitoring, smart and intelligent buildings, business analytics, manufacturing systems, health informatics, motorcycle dynamics and composites, tidal lagoons, coastal erosion and environmental conservation.

For further details on the Faculty’s research activities please visit

“The Faculty offers excellent learning satisfaction with 96% of UWTSD students at the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering being satisfied with Learning Support.”
Global International Student Barometer and Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2014

“89% of the Faculty’s General Engineering research outputs were rated internationally for originality, significance and rigor.”
2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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The postgraduate portfolio of the Faculty of Business and Management concentrates on higher level skills developed as part of continuing professional development and career progression. Whether you are studying a professionally accredited programme in Marketing or Human Resource Management, for an MBA or participating in Master’s programme in Outdoor Education, the emphasis is always on ensuring that the award is vocationally relevant and provides the knowledge and skills demanded by industry.

The Business and Management programmes are delivered primarily at Swansea Business Campus on a full-time and part-time basis. The part-time delivery is structured around professional working lives, and the evening and weekend teaching makes study accessible, particularly as the campus is only a few minutes’ walk from Swansea railway station. All of the teaching is supported with online provision through the University’s virtual learning environment, enabling students to work confidently at a distance taking account of work and family commitments.

Industry relevance is ensured by a programme of guest speakers and master classes from the professional associations that we work closely with, such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

The Faculty also offers a bespoke MA in Technology Enhanced Learning for those students interested in translating an interest in online learning into a postgraduate award that will enhance your career prospects within a range of employment contexts.

Accessibility for learners is also at the heart of MA Outdoor Education where a blended approach to study, integrates online learning with high activity weekends at challenging outdoor locations around Wales and the United Kingdom. These venues are always chosen with the student cohort in mind to avoid unnecessary travel time whilst maximizing the student experience. The MA Physical Education has a similar blended approach with the face-to-face teaching taking place at our Carmarthen campus, perfectly situated as the gateway to West Wales.

Studying at exciting locations is integral to postgraduate study in Heritage Tourism, Tourism Marketing, Hospitality Management and International Tourism Management. The School of Tourism and Hospitality has extensive industry links with major international hotel chains, premier visitor attractions and key government agencies in order to provide the very best opportunities for practical projects and academic research.

Swansea’s waterfront offers a range of opportunities and located at UWTSD Technium 2 is the only Onscreen Trading Company (OSTC) outside of London. Working with OSTC as the placement provider, Swansea Business School is offering a new MSc Trading and Financial Markets programme which integrates academic study with an intensive period of training, on-screen at OSTC. Regardless of your undergraduate programme, this is an excellent career opportunity for those interested in financial markets and trading.

Wales Institute for Work-based Learning takes studying in the workplace to another level with its Professional Practice Framework, where the workplace itself, with all its complexity and challenges provides the basis for your academic studies, offering the opportunity for accreditation of leadership and management at masters and doctoral level.

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Established in 1822, the Lampeter campus has a long and distinguished academic tradition in the field of Humanities. The Faculty offers a range of graduate courses in Anthropology, English, History, Archaeology, Creative Writing, Heritage Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

The Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts combines its traditional, rich heritage with cutting-edge, 21st century technologies, encouraging collaborative learning for both residential and distance learning students. We are proud of the friendly, community of learners that has developed within the Faculty and of the level of support that we are able to provide.

Our staff to student ratio means we can offer excellent guidance and support to all of our students, whether campus-based or at a distance. For more information about the individual schools within the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, please visit:

The Faculty has a long-standing record of providing online courses, and currently has more than 600 postgraduate students studying via distance learning. We are committed to supporting all of our learners and providing a great learning experience irrespective of where in the world our students are based.

All distance-learners can access our Virtual Learning Environment, which provides access to lecture and seminar material, reading and research material and the opportunity to discuss ideas and views with peers and lecturers. All learners are allocated a personal tutor, who is their main point of contact and support for the duration of the course. Distance-learning students also benefit from a dedicated Outreach Librarian who can assist with individual research queries, and with retrieving journals, articles, and books.

Humanities academics in UWTSD are active researchers with publications at the cutting edge of their fields. All students have the opportunity to engage directly with the academic staff, from lecturers to world-renowned professors. Humanities at UWTSD benefits tremendously from the opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration across subjects and disciplines, which has resulted in some innovative and unique post-graduate programmes, such as the MA in Ancient Religions, and the MA in Heritage Practice.

Many of our students take the unique opportunity to work in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archive which houses more than 30,000 volumes, printed between 1470 and 1850. The archives are accessible to all students, both digitally and in the library. It is an invaluable and unique resource that further assists and contributes to students’ research projects.

In addition to the taught MA programmes, the Faculty offers a number of intensive research masters programmes. These Masters by Research degrees (MRes) are specifically designed for students who wish to engage in high-level independent research, often before continuing on to a research degree (MPhil/PhD).

The Faculty also offers MPhil and PhD supervision, to find out more about how to apply or to submit a research proposal please contact the Postgraduate Research Office:

Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV)
Under the Directorship of the renowned Dennis O’Neill, with Dame Kiri te Kanawa as its patron, the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) is located in Wales’ bustling capital, Cardiff. A limited number of students are chosen annually to study at WIAV; usually 15-20 students are selected each year, giving each student the opportunity to receive one-to-one learning experience from coaching staff of the highest calibre.

World-respected coaches and consultants visit the students, including Joyce Fieldsend from Venice, Joseph Rouleau from Canada and Richard Bonnynge from Switzerland. Besides individual coaching, students also participate in group sessions, where they can listen and appraise their colleagues’ performances.

WIAV’s central location provides the students with ample opportunities to perform. For example, previous students have given/presented solo recitals at The Hoddinott Hall in the Wales Millenium Centre.

Thanks to the intensive coaching and expert teaching at WIAV, two graduates of WIAV have recently received the prestigious Adler Fellowship Awards from the San Fransisco Opera Centre.

* 95% of students studying at the Faculty of Humanities & Performing Arts were satisfied with Learning Support – Global International Student Barometer and Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2014.

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Swansea College of Art at UWTSD, founded in 1853 and has an established and vibrant postgraduate culture that embraces a dynamic MA/MSc taught master’s portfolio and offers supervision for MPhil/PhD research programmes and post-doctoral research of the highest standard.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) categorised 95.8% of our research as being of world renown or recognised as internationally excellent.

The College’s Creative Industries Research and Innovation Centre (CIRIC) acts as a catalyst for developing and maintaining our strong international partnerships and industry links. CIRIC is an innovative, entrepreneurial and commercial centre that fosters knowledge transfer between the University and the private sector.

Research and Expertise
Our Taught Master’s Portfolio benefits from these strong research and industry links and promotes creative enquiry through practice and the interrogation of theoretical ideas, establishing a journey of discovery into the world of Art, Design and Media and onward to many different work destinations. Our aim is to facilitate choice; to develop personal inquiry and exploration beyond medium specificity, through a lively postgraduate programme comprising of seminars, research forums, visiting lecturers, artists’ talks, symposia and exhibitions.

The research environment benefits greatly from the input of our teaching staff and visiting lecturers, most of whom are research-active artists, designers, and theoreticians of national and international standing. Expertise is wide-ranging, from fine art, photography, film and video, animation and interactive media, to textiles, visual communications, art historical studies, ceramics, product design, automotive design and glass. We hold regular public symposia and research forums throughout the year, inviting speakers of international renown. The research and practice of all staff in the College enriches our post-graduate programmes and ensures their currency. Staff are invited to exhibit at prestigious international events and venues such as the Venice Biennale and the Three Gorges Museum in China.

The College of Art has four integrated research hubs covering Contemporary Fine Arts, Contemporary Crafts, Life-Science and Health and the Digital Creative Industries. These hubs cover a wide and growing number of specific research centres such as CLASI (The Centre for Lens Arts and Science Interaction), CIC (Cerebra Innovation Centre), ISD (Institute for Sustainable Design), IPCRES (The International Project Centre for Research into Events and Situations) and ATIC (Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre). For more information about our areas of research please visit:

Our postgraduate students benefit from our wide range of technical facilities, from the traditional to the multimodal digital. We have made a conscious decision to retain technologies such as chemical darkrooms, firing kilns for glass and ceramics and an impressive line-up of printing presses. Alongside these we have the most up-to-date digital computing suites, video editing and a fully equipped TV studio, as well as laser and water-jet cutters, digital print, 3D printers and textile printers. Our studio facilities are excellent and we have developed a range of studio settings tailored to the needs of our students, many of whom take advantage of our location in the heart of Swansea’s Arts Quarter and are located alongside practicing artists’ studios across the city.
The combination of location, cutting edge facilities and an internationally recognised research profile makes Swansea College of Art at UWTSD the ideal place to base your post-graduate studies.

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The Faculty of Education and Communities is all about people: how we learn, how we live and how we organise ourselves in society. We are rooted in the values of justice, equity, democracy, human rights, citizenship and encouraging aspirations.

All of our faculty staff are actively engaged in research and we aim to encourage staff and students to ask, debate and research difficult questions. We have strong links with employers and design our courses so that their content and structure is focused on employability. We are committed to enabling students to develop into skilled, creative and employable graduates who will make a contribution to society.

Our Schools offer part-time and full-time postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes. Our taught programmes provide opportunities to undertake primary research, including a research-based dissertation, and students can also work with staff to publish the findings from their research work. We offer a range of MRes programmes in addition to MPhil and PhD supervision.

Staff from the School of Psychology offer expertise in both experimental and applied psychology and provide many opportunities for students to undertake ‘hands-on’ research in these areas. Our courses provide progression routes for graduates as well as CPD opportunities for professionals.

The School has dedicated postgraduate research facilities and postgraduate researchers work closely with academic supervisors to produce world- class research. We hold regular postgraduate and staff seminars, statistics workshops and research training, and monthly Journal Clubs.

The School of Social Justice and Inclusion offers postgraduate taught courses focused on equality and diversity in society, education and youth and community work. Theory and policy are embedded within these courses so that students are able to understand the multi- dimensional nature of social justice and inclusion in practice. School staff maintain links with current practice and debate through research projects. The School also has expertise in research and evaluation within both the public and voluntary sectors in Wales.

The School of Welsh and Bilingual Studies is based in Carmarthen and Lampeter and specialises in all aspects of applied linguistics, such as language planning, translation and language teaching methodology, as well as the cultural and literary heritage of Wales. Staff expertise includes medieval Welsh literature, history and folklore, as well as Celtic saints’ cults and spirituality.

Our MA in Bilingualism and Multilingualism takes full advantage of the rich linguistic experience offered by Wales’ own bilingual context, but also looks in detail at the wider international picture. Equally popular with students worldwide is our MA in Celtic Studies which enhances students’ understanding of our Celtic heritage. Both MA courses are available completely online and are available to students from around the world.

The focus of the School of Early Childhood’s research interests and activities are: Eco schools and sustainability; widening access; young children’s literacy; outdoor learning; young children’s well-being; and, young children’s creativity. Staff work independently on some projects but there is also a focus on collaborative work. The School of Early Childhood offers two flexible delivery programmes in Early Childhood and Early Literacy which offer excellent progression routes for graduates and CPD opportunities for professionals working in the education sector. These programmes provide opportunities to undertake primary research including a research-based dissertation.

Teacher Education
The Centre for Continuing Professional Learning and Development (CPLD) offers programmes specialising in school leadership, learning and teaching with flexible pathways closely aligned to school improvement priorities. At the heart of the centre’s provision is the belief in shared professional learning where teachers learn together in order to have an impact on the educational outcomes of children and young people. Programmes include the MA Education and Graduate Certificate in Professional
Learning and a part-time and full- time PGCE PCET.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (SWWCTE) offers postgraduate routes to gain Qualified Teacher Status. Please see pages 94-95 for details or visit:

SWWCTE has a large group of research students and a thriving research culture. Our research strategy focuses on two main themes: “Policy and Curriculum Development in Educative Contexts” and “Pedagogy in the 21st century”. We strive to push the boundaries of
understanding pedagogy with regard to 21st century learners and our research is focused on classroom-based practices.

PhD /MPhil supervision is offered under these themes and currently includes projects related to, for example: Early Years and Foundation Phase pedagogy; IT in education / digital literacy; Mathematics Education; Literacy and numeracy; Thinking skills, metacognition and problem- solving; Bilingual education;
Classroom Practice, Innovation and Impact; Equity in Education; Technology in Education; and, Leadership in Education.

If you wish to discuss a proposal for research in Education contact:

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