Research underpins the University’s vision to transform, shape and develop futures. Not only is it expanding the bank of knowledge, UWTSD is listening to and working with industry and employers too, so you can benefit from its connections.

The University is committed to research that contributes to the economic vitality and regeneration of the region and is developing a reputation for working collaboratively with business, industry, government and other partners.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the largest peer-reviewed assessment of research in the world, 47% of our research has been deemed as globally or internationally leading, with a further 39% internationally recognised for its significance and rigour.

Cross-cutting themes such as education, design, environment, business, sustainability, heritage, and health and wellbeing mean our research is collaborative and works across faculties and fields of study. Our combined urban and rural mission means we are committed to developing new local knowledge to inform wider debates, especially on equality, inclusion and social justice.

As a student at UWTSD, you’ll benefit from real-world research insights that feed into our teaching, and from being part of a global learning community committed to making a positive impact on the wider world.

The University offers research supervision in each of its five faculties, covering the broad areas below. 

For more information about research at UWTSD and opportunities for supervision please visit the UWTSD research pages

Business and Management

Research supervision available in:

  • Business Management and Law
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Leisure, Events and Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Physical and Outdoor Education

Architecture, Computing & Engineering

Research supervision available in:

  • Applied Computing
  • Architecture
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Logistics and Transport
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Non-Destructive Testing 

Natural Environment

Research supervision available in:

  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Marine and Coastal Geography

Humanities and Performing Arts

Research supervision available in:

  • Archaeology
  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • History and Heritage
  • Literature and Creative Writing
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Theology and Religious Studies

Art and Design

Research and supervision available in:

  • Advertising
  • Arts Practice and Health
  • Community Arts
  • Design (automotive, transport and production)
  • Digital Media
  • Film
  • Fine Art and Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Glass
  • Illustration
  • Surface Pattern Design
  • Textiles
  • Visual Communication

Education and Communities

Research and supervision available in:

  • Teacher Education
  • Pedagogy 
  • Education Policy 
  • Early Childhood
  • Language and Society
  • Welsh and Bilingual Studies
  • Applied and Experimental Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Social Justice and Inclusion 
  • Equality in education

Celtic Languages and Literatures

  • Early Celtic Languages
  • Enlightenment and Romanticism in Wales and Europe
  • Medieval Welsh Literature
  • Welsh and British Name Studies;
  • Welsh Lexicography
  • Linguistic Diversity, Language Policy and Planning, Minority / Minoritised Languages.
  • Literary Translation

The University offers the following research degrees, by full and part-time routes, based on our campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen, Lampeter, Cardiff and London, as well as by distance learning.

  • Master of Philosophy by Research (MPhil)
  • Master of Research (MRes)
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Research (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works
  • Professional Doctorates

Further Information

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How to apply for Research Study

Applications for study are made through Admissions within Registry. To apply visit the PGRO pages where you will find information on

  • Forms for Research Students
  • Information and Regulations
  • Distance Learning
  • Residential Study
  • Areas of Research
  • Postgraduate Research Office
  • Postgraduate Fees
  • Doctor of Professional Practice