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The University College Wales first opened its doors in 1872. Some years later the college became a founder member of the University of Wales. One of the significant moments in Aberystwyth's history came during the 1960s, with the relocation to the Penglais campus. Since then the institution has continued to expand, in some part thanks to financial assistance from the Welsh Assembly Government.
By rail: Although Aberystwyth is tucked away in Eastern Wales, it does have good train links with the areas as far away as the Midlands. Students travelling from south England or Scotland should prepare for a very long trip.
By road: The Welsh road network is surprisingly good and it shouldn't take too long to reach Aberystwyth once you're on the A44 or A487. Aberystwyth university has made a commitment to offering outstanding services to students with mobility issues. Special arrangements can be made regarding note taking and exam scheduling, if so required. The friendly library staff are very happy to help with the use of specialist computing software and learning material access.
The university has set very reasonable minimum attainment levels for the majority of its courses. Most courses demand 180 to 340 UCAS points.
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The student housing office has a list of approved student landlords. The cost of renting a room in their private lettings may range from £55 to £90 per week.
Department of Art
Museum & Gallery Studies with Art History, Fine Art, Art History
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
Agriculture, Animal Science/Zoology, Biochemistry, Biology, Conservation/Countryside Management, Environmental Biosciences & Ecology, Equine Science, Genetics, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Microbiology
Department of Computer Science
Computer Science, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Ubiquitous Computing, Computer Graphics Vision and Games, Internet Computing and Systems Administration, Business Information Technology, Open Source Computing, Software Engineering, Internet Engineering
School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Education, Childhood Studies
English and Creative Writing
English Literature, English Literature and Creative Writing, English and World Literatures, American Studies, Classical Studies
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences
Physical Geography, Human Geography, Geography, Environmental and Earth Science
Department of History and Welsh History
European History, History, History and Economic and Social History, History and Media, History and Welsh History, Medieval and Early Modern History, Modern and Contemporary History, Politics and Modern History
Department of Information Studies
Information and Library Studies, Information Management, Historical and Archival Studies, Business Information Management
Department of International Politics
International Politics, International Politics and Strategic Studies, International Politics and International History, International Politics and Millitary History, International Politics and Intelligence Studies, International Politics and The Third World, Political Studies, European Studies
Department of Law and Criminology
Law, Criminal Law, European Law, Business Law, Human Rights, Law with Languages, Econ Criminology, Econ Criminology with Applied Psychology, Law with Criminology
School of Management and Business
Business and Management, Accounting and Finance, Economics, Marketing, Business Finance, Business Economics, Tourism Management
Institute of Mathematics and Physics
Department of Psychology
Department of Sport and exercise Science
Sport and exercise Science
Department of Theatre Film and Television Studies
Drama and Theatre Studies, Film and Television Studies, Performance Studies, Sceneography and Theatre Design, Media and Communication Studies
Department of Welsh
Welsh, Professional Welsh, Celtic Studies, Welsh and The Celtic Languages, Literature and History of Wales
The quality of courses in Accounting and Finance, Biological Sciences, Business & Management, Computer Science, English and Creative Writing, Environmental Sciences, Geography and History is very high. Research is of a 'world leading' and 'internationally excellent' standard in subjects such as Geography, Information Studies, History, Art and Mathematics.
UK/EU: Fees have been set at a level of £9,000 for all students commencing their degree courses in the 2012 – 13 academic year. However, the charges may be different for students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Mann.
Overseas:Full Time Undergraduate programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences are priced at £9,500. For full-time science courses the fee is £10,500.
UK/EU: Prospective students are yet to find out the level of cost for postgraduate courses starting in 2012 – 2013. However, the expected expense is just under £4,000.
Overseas:For full-time taught courses in the Arts and Social Sciences the fee is £10,500. Research based Arts and Social Sciences and taught postgraduate science programmes are priced at £11,500. The research based postgraduate science course is priced at £12,500 and the MBA at £14,500.
Grants, Bursaries and Financial Support:
Students who perform well in their exams may be eligible for an entrance scholarship of between £3,000 and £3,600. Those who achieve high standards and enrol on courses in Science, European Languages, Welsh and defined Welsh-medium schemes could be given an excellence bursary of £2,000. Residential and Sports bursaries are also available.
Students are encouraged to register with a local GP upon arrival in Aberystwyth. Given the shortage of dentistry practices it is advisable to remain on the books of your home practice. All religions are embraced and there are a number of groups addressing matters of faith.
All those undergraduates and postgraduates who aren't sure of what to do upon course completion are advised to visit the careers centre. The staff can help with the writing of targeted job applications and interview practice. It is also possible to take psychometric tests and take part in practical 'work taster' sessions. Job fairs are regularly held, giving students the chance to meet local recruiters.
International students: 15%
Mature students: 34%
Part-time students: 2,905
Total students: 10,760
Male-to-female student ratio: 46:54
Student-to-staff ratio: 19.2:1
Overall completion rate: 86%
Percentage of students going straight into employment or further study: 89%
* Aberystwyth is the oldest university institution in Wales.
* The number of Aberystwyth graduates who have gone on to become members of parliament is higher than all other universities apart from Oxbridge.
* Famous alumni include the animated film maker Jan Pinkava, and television presenter Alex Jones.
* It could be the place to you if you are put off by the thought of studying at a big city university.
* Come to Aber if you have a love of the Welsh countryside.
* If you want to live beside the seaside but aren't sure about studying in Wales then why not try the University of Portsmouth or Plymouth?