Swansea Business School
TypeBusiness School
Established1897 (Swansea Technical College)
2010 (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
DeanRoger Maidment
AffiliationsUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David
WebsiteSwansea Business School

Swansea Business School (Welsh: Ysgol Fusnes Abertawe) is a public research institution focusing on business studies and is situated in the city of Swansea, Wales, UK. It is based near the High Street at the Swansea Business Campus of the University of Wales Trinity St David and is part of the Faculty of Business and Management. It offers numerous undergraduate courses in Human Resources, Law, Accounting, Business and Finance, Business Management, Leadership, Marketing and Skills for the Workplace.

Postgraduate can be studied full or part time and include MBA, online MBA, MSc Financial Management, MA Human Resource Management and MSc Trading in Financial Markets. In terms of professional courses, Swansea Business School is an Accredited Study Centre for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. The Diploma in Professional Marketing and the Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing are available for part-time study. As an approved university for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the School offers the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource and the Intermediate Certificate in Human Resources.


The current building was a part of Swansea Metropolitan University and was formed in 1897 under the Swansea Technical College. It was based on High Street Swansea, the site of the former Swansea College of Technology, and offered a portfolio of programmes which includes business, leisure and tourism, public services, management and health and social care.

The School, and the colleges that originally formed Swansea Institute of Higher Education, have existed for more than 150 years. All postgraduate and undergraduate qualifications were then awarded by the University of Wales, including the MBA programmes that existed from 1991.

Although initially a part of Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea Business School moved to its current campus when Swansea Metropolitan University became a part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010. The university came into existence through the merger of the two oldest higher education institutions in Wales, the University of Wales, Lampeter and Trinity University College in 2010, under Lampeter's royal charter of 1828. In 2011, it was announced that the University of Wales would also be merged into Trinity Saint David. On 1 August 2013 the university merged with Swansea Metropolitan University which included Swansea Business School.[1][2]

Swansea Business School achieved an "Excellent" grading for the quality of its teaching from the Higher Education Funding Council (Wales) and has a long and successful tradition of providing business education.[3] In 2019, Swansea Business School started to offer online MBA courses for students in partnership with Ducere.[4]

The School also teaches select business courses in the Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen campus.



Swansea Business School offers a range of first degrees (BA) including single honours programmes covering the main business and management disciplines, and a choice of joint honours programmes. It also offers a qualifying law degree (LLB) and business foundation degree programmes. A distinctive feature of their first degrees is the business placement year which gives students valuable workplace experience.

Courses provided by Swansea Business School include Accounting, Applied Business, Business Management, Digital Marketing, Events and Festivals Management, Law and Business and Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace[5]


At postgraduate level, the Swansea MBA is offered through full-time, part-time and online learning, together with a wide range of taught MSc courses. These also include business and industry placements. Their research degrees programme includes the DBA, PhD/MPhil in Management and MSc in Management Research. The Centre for Executive Development provides bespoke and accredited development programmes for senior managers and businesses around the world. Other postgraduate courses provided by Swansea Business School include Financial Management and Trading and Financial Markets.

Rankings and reputation

1st in the UK for student satisfaction in teaching quality in Business Studies[6]

8th in the UK for university of the year
1st in the UK for course & lecturers.[7]

Teaching Quality Assessment - Excellent[3]

TEF Rating: Silver[8]

1st in the UK for satisfaction with feedback in Business, Management & Marketing


Student life

Students' union

Students of Swansea Business School are represented by the Trinity Saint David Students' Union.[11] The Students' Union has a building located in the Llys Glas studios on Alexandra Road which is accessible by students. The Students Union relocated from the former Campus due to the university relocating to SA1 Waterfront [12]


In 2015, former dean Nigel Piercy was warned and criticised for his "hostile and sarcastic tone" in his emails to his PhD students. Comments made by him in his emails included “This comment does not rate high on an independent thinking criterion”, “your political value judgements are irrelevant”, and “the budget activities are nothing to do with postgraduate research students”.[13]

In 2016, a man was given a suspended prison sentence after taking an imitation Glock pistol into the Swansea Business School library in his bag.[14]


  1. ^ BBC News (2009): £14.3m funding for new university; accessed 15 June 2010
  2. ^ "Campuses, Centres and Locations". UWTSD. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Entries open to honour best in HR at CIPD Wales Awards 2019". June 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Ready, Ben (2019-02-11). "Ducere Unveils New Online MBA In Partnership With University of Wales Trinity Saint David - MBA News Australia". mbanews.com.au.
  5. ^ "Swansea Business School - University of Wales Trinity Saint David". www.uwtsd.ac.uk.
  6. ^ "Press Releases 2018 | University of Wales Trinity Saint David". www.uwtsd.ac.uk.
  7. ^ "Results of the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for University of the year". www.whatuni.com.
  8. ^ "Ratings and Rankings | University of Wales Trinity Saint David". www.uwtsd.ac.uk.
  9. ^ "About Us - University of Wales Trinity Saint David". uwtsd.ac.uk.
  10. ^ "Business and Management Staff - University of Wales Trinity Saint David". uwtsd.ac.uk.
  11. ^ "Students' Union". UWTSD. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Eat, Drink and Shop". TSDSU. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  13. ^ Shipton, Martin (January 21, 2015). "Swansea business school boss earns £30k more than the First Minister". walesonline.
  14. ^ Thomas, Steffan (May 15, 2017). "Pupil excluded after 'taking two knives into school'". walesonline.