School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments

Architecture and the Built Environment spans disciplines, from the perspectives of design, construction, sustainability and environmental impact.

Our design teaching is specialised on building design and specification development, with a strong sustainability focus. We have the possibility to develop innovative block learning for design studio work and modelling. 

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Architecture BSc 

Built Environments BSc | HND 

Natural Environments BSc | HND 

Foundation in STEM

Post Grad MSc

Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC)

The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is a unique all-Wales Hub & Spokes training facility funded by the CITB with its Hub situated within the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s waterfront Innovation Quarter development. The Hub, which wil open in September 2018, will offer specialised training and include a purpose built scaffolding centre.  A demand led training programme is already underway and being delivered by the Spokes located throughout Wales.

The Hub & Spokes will deliver training courses from level 1 (e.g. pre-apprenticeship, school tasters etc.) to level 7 (degree, professional etc.) in specialised construction activities that are NOT already offered in sufficient volume or quality by existing education and training providers or their supplier networks in Wales.

In addition, this pan-Wales partnership is holding engagement events for those in full-time education and those seeking a career in construction.

Who is it for?

  • Large employer organisations engaged in construction projects including supply chains and support services.
  • Sole-traders and micro businesses involved in construction related activities.
  • Individuals interested in a career in construction and related activities.

Find Out More about our fully funded CWIC short courses: Current Training Courses and Engagement Events.

Studying in Swansea is not just about academic excellence although this is extremely important. It's about the whole expertience of living as a student in the area - the excellent night life, great shopping, friendly locals, low crime levels, stunning scenary, amazing beaches and excellent road and rail links. 

Come to an open day or book yourself onto one of our Taster Days and see for yourself. 

Swansea Open Day

STEM Taster Day

Our links with the industry are extensive and during the course, we offer our students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience working on live projects. These projects address contemporary issues facing the sector, thus having tangible impacts and enhancing students’ employability skills. These partners also provide guest lectures, providing an insight into the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Student could attain the necessary core skills to prepare them for a career in technical and managerial positions in a construction-related field, such as, Architecture, Building Management, Building Surveying, Facilities Management, Conservation Agencies, Public Sector, Conservation Consultancies and Quantity Surveying, etc. Since 1998, former students have been employed in various environmental organisations including: RSPB, Environment Agency, CCW - Countryside Council for Wales, Local Authorities, Ecological Consultants, Sustainability Officers, Waste and Energy Management.

The overriding focus of our courses are on providing the student with practical knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of the industry.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers modern and exciting programmes in a location that is second to none. Located by the sea, Swansea is Wales’ premier waterfront city and is a great place to spend your university years. As one of the most vibrant yet affordable cities in the UK.

The programme team is committed to offering the students a varied and innovative learning experience to help harness student potential and develop appropriate academic and vocational skills. Examples of such approaches are:

  • Industrial links with the BRE Academy. 
  • EU funded collaboration with six universities to teach coastal management COZIP – Coastal Zone Intensive Project in Turkey, Ireland, Southampton, Malta and Spain.
  • Waste and Travel Projects for the City and County of Swansea, Wales.
  • Tree project at World Heritage Site, Blaenavon.
  • Various reviews of local habitat management with professionals in the field.
  • Earth Watch student Scholarships.
  • Environment Week and Student Environment Society.
  • EU funded Azores whale watching project.
  • Collaborating with Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland on rocky shore surveys to investigate global warming.
  • Students have published/presented work in academic journals/conferences from each year.

At UWTSD we believe that architectural and construction theory and practical 'hands-on' experience should work hand-in-hand.

94% of UWTSD’s Building students agreed that staff are good at explaining things – NSS 2018.

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Students studying built environment programmes at UWTSD will see first-hand, real-world assessment and, as part of the BREEAM module, will work with contractors, engineers, etc. It takes them away from the academic theory so that students can ask real questions and deal with real issues.


Jamie BestMelin Consultants- BREEAM Module Assessor