Undertaking a research degree requires a huge amount of commitment, determination and passion for your subject, but there is little doubt that the benefits on completion are numerous. 

Here at Swansea, we open a world of opportunity for our postgraduate researchers and help them make ground-breaking discoveries and innovations of lasting, global impact.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a research degree at Swansea:

1. Enhanced Skills and Employability
The skills and qualities you develop throughout your studies will enhance your CV and get you noticed in a competitive graduate employment market.

With relatively few graduates opting to study for a research degree, an advanced level qualification will help you stand out from the crowd, as well as developing your transferable skills in:

  • Communication and teamwork
  • Project management
  • Data analysis
  • Advanced IT
  • Problem solving
  • Independent thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Organisation
  • Time management

All of Swansea’s research degrees will provide you with an internationally recognised qualification which employers in all industries will recognise and reward.

Holding a research qualification makes you more likely to secure a job and attract a higher salary, meaning you can be confident of getting a return on your investment in your postgraduate education.

2. Prepare for an Academic or Research Orientated Career
If you wish to pursue a career in academic research, a doctorate will be essential in giving you the required skills, experience and qualification(s).

For careers in research outside academia, a research degree is preferred as you will have both the theoretical grounding and practical experience required by research institutions and industries.

3. Programme Flexibility
A research programme is ideal if you’re looking to undertake study in a particular topic that you are passionate about, or crave the freedom to choose what and how you study.

Research degrees give you the opportunity to pursue a specialist area of interest, allowing you to shape the topic of your studies in a unique and distinctive way.

With no timetabled lectures or seminars to attend, you’ll have the flexibility to carry out independent study and choose when and where you study.

4. Networking Opportunities
As a student at Swansea, you’ll join our 4,000 strong postgraduate community. While independent research might be lonely, Swansea brings its postgraduate students together to create a supportive, vibrant community where you can socialise and collaborate outside of the classroom. You will have many opportunities to meet students from across our faculties and to get involved with postgraduate research activities and projects—including our PGR Showcase, Three Minute Thesis CompetitionPGR Society and many Research Groups and Centres.

5. Join an Emerging Force in Global Research
Here at Swansea, we boast interdisciplinary research across all areas, leading research facilities and collaborative partnerships with global businesses and academics. Our research is making a real global impact on business, industry, healthcare, technology, culture, and the well-being of society, and is committed to creating a sustainable future for all. As a postgraduate researcher, you’ll have the opportunity to access this global research community and help make a real difference. Browse some of our most recent research highlights and be inspired.

6. Reach your Full Potential
A research degree puts you in the driving seat to steer the direction of your studies. From identifying the research problem and selecting the appropriate research methodology, to carrying out the research, analysing and writing up the results, you will manage your own research project and have the freedom to explore new avenues as they arise.

As a result, you will be rewarded with an intellectually stimulating programme which gives you the chance to add to the body of knowledge in your subject area and to publish your results. Your research could even lead to world-changing developments in your field of expertise.

You will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading academics and become an expert in your own right. Your final leather-bound thesis will continue to be a source of tremendous pride for many years after you complete your studies.

 Explore Swansea's range of postgraduate research programmes