Student Satisfaction

Top 5 University in UK and Best in Wales for Overall Student Satisfaction*

Aberystwyth University is celebrating another great performance in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.

With an overall satisfaction score of 91% - seven percentage points higher than the UK average of 84% - we are proud to have some of the most satisfied final-year students in the UK. We are also ranked 2nd overall in the UK for Assessment and Feedback.

The Department of Welsh & Celtic Studies received a student satisfaction rating of 100%, with almost every other Department scoring more than 90% for overall satisfaction.

"The latest NSS results speak volumes about Aber’s talented and hard-working community of staff and students. We are an innovative university which seeks to inspire through its teaching and transform the lives of our students. We do that within an environment which is inclusive and supportive, and which enables our students to engage with the wider world and embrace its challenges. As we celebrate these NSS results, we do not rest on our laurels and will use this valuable feedback to build further on these firm foundations of success." Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor. 

  • Welsh & Celtic Studies students are satisfied overall (NSS 2017)
  • School of Education students are satisfied overall (NSS 2017)
  • Department of Theatre, Film & TVStudent video
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  • School of Art students are satisfied overall (NSS 2017)
  • Psychology students are satisfied overall (NSS 2017)
  • in the UK for Microbiology student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • in the UK for Zoology student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • student satisfaction for our Biochemistry degree scheme (NSS 2017)

2017 NSS results:

Art

School of Art: 97% student satisfaction

3rd in the UK for the subject area of Fine Art student satisfaction

95% student satisfaction for learning resources
95% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course

95% student satisfaction for our W100 Fine Art degree scheme

Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS)

IBERS: 91% overall student satisfaction

Top in the UK for the subject area of Microbiology student satisfaction
Top in the UK for Molecular Biology student satisfaction
Top in the UK for Zoology student satisfaction
2nd in the UK for Genetics student satisfaction
4th in the UK for Animal Science student satisfaction

95% student satisfaction for our C100 Biology degree scheme
96% student satisfaction for our C164 Marine & Freshwater Biology degree scheme
100% student satisfaction for our C300 Zoology degree scheme
94% student satisfaction for our C400 Genetics degree scheme
100% student satisfaction for our C500 Microbiology degree scheme
100% student satisfaction for our C700 Biochemistry degree scheme
100% student satisfaction for our CC47 Genetics and Biochemistry degree scheme

Business & Management

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with Teaching on the course for the subjects of
Finance/Marketing/Economics

91% student satisfaction for our L100 Economics degree scheme
90% student satisfaction for our N500 Marketing degree scheme
89% student satisfaction for our N400 Accounting and Finance degree scheme

Computer Science

100% student satisfaction and Top in the UK for the subject of Electrical Engineering
(AU Artificial Intelligence, Space Science and Robotics students)

92% student satisfaction for our G400 Computer Science degree scheme
90% student satisfaction for our G401 Computer Science (with Integrated Industrial and Professional Training) degree scheme

Education & Lifelong Learning

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning: 98% student satisfaction

2nd in the UK for subject area Education student satisfaction

93% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course

98% student satisfaction for our X320 Childhood Studies degree scheme

English & Creative Writing

Department of English & Creative Writing: 97% student satisfaction

Top 10 in the UK for the subject area English student satisfaction

97% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course

96% student satisfaction for our Q300 English Literature degree scheme
97% student satisfaction for our QW38 English Literature and Creative Writing degree scheme

Geography & Earth Sciences

Department of Geography & Earth Sciences: 90% student satisfaction 

Top 5 in the UK for Learning Opportunities (Human Geography)

91% satisfaction for the teaching on the course
92% of our Geographical Studies students are satisfied overall with their course

90% student satisfaction for our F750 Environmental Science degree scheme
90% student satisfaction for our F800 Geography degree scheme
94% student satisfaction for our F840 Physical Geography degree scheme
91% student satisfaction for our L700 Human Geography degree scheme

History & Welsh History

Department of History & Welsh History: 92% student satisfaction

90% student satisfaction for the academic support

94% student satisfaction for our V100 History degree scheme

International Politics

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction

Top 10 in the UK for Politics subject area Student satisfaction

94% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course

96% student satisfaction for our L241 International Politics degree scheme
100% student satisfaction for our L250 International Politics and Intelligence Studies degree scheme
92% student satisfaction for our L251 International Politics and Strategic Studies degree scheme
92% student satisfaction for our LV2H International Politics and Military History degree scheme

Law & Criminology

Aberystwyth Law School: 90% student satisfaction 

92% student satisfaction for learning resources

89% student satisfaction for our M100 Law degree scheme
92% student satisfaction for our M900 Criminology degree scheme
93% student satisfaction for our M9C8 Criminology with Applied Psychology degree scheme

Mathematics

3rd in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on the course for the subject of Mathematics and Statistics 

94% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course
93% student satisfaction for academic support
94% student satisfaction for learning resources

Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages: 93% student satisfaction 

96% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course

Physics

Department of Physics: 91% student satisfaction 

100% student satisfaction for our F300 Physics 100% degree scheme

Psychology

3rd in the UK for the subject area Psychology student satisfaction

1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Assessment and Feedback
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Academic Support
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in ‘My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt’
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in ‘My course is well organised and running smoothly’
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in ‘I have been able to access course-specific resources when I needed to’
1st in the UK for student satisfaction in ‘Marking and Assessment has been fair’

2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Learning Opportunities
2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Learning Resources
2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Student Voice

Theatre, Film & Television Studies

94% student satisfaction for our W400 Drama & Theatre Studies degree scheme

93% student satisfaction for our WW64 Film & Television Studies/Drama & Theatre Studies degree scheme

Welsh & Celtic Studies

Department of Welsh & Celtic Studies: 100% student satisfaction 

Top in the UK for student satisfaction for the subject of Celtic Studies
99% student satisfaction for the teaching on the course
98% student satisfaction for academic support

*Aberystwyth University's rankings are compared against the HE institutions listed in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018