Category of Partnership

Swansea University has developed...

a wide range of academic partnerships with external organisations. These partnerships normally result in the award of degrees or credits of Swansea University, with some being awarded jointly with the partner university. These partnerships fall into the following categories:

Articulation/Recruitment Based Collaboration

An arrangement whereby all students who satisfy academic criteria on one programme are automatically entitled (on academic grounds) to be admitted with advanced standing to a subsequent part or year of a programme of a degree-awarding body. Arrangements, which are subject to formal agreements between the parties, normally involve credit accumulation and transfer schemes​.

This includes articulation arrangements, whereby all students who satisfy academic criteria on one programme are automatically entitled on academic grounds to be admitted with advanced standing to a subsequent stage of a programme of a degree-awarding body.


Franchised programmes designed by Swansea University but delivered by non-degree-awarding partner institutions. A process by which a degree-awarding body agrees to authorise another organisation to deliver (and sometimes assess) part or all of one (or more) of its own approved programmes. Often, the degree-awarding body retains direct responsibility for the programme content, the teaching and assessment strategy, the assessment regime and the quality assurance. Students normally have a direct contractual relationship with the degree-awarding body.

Off-Campus delivery (Flying Faculty)

(Or 'fly-in, fly-out faculty') are arrangements whereby a programme is delivered in a location away from Swansea University (usually overseas) by staff from the degree-awarding body. Provision of learning support, student support, resources or specialist facilities may be provided by local staff.


Staff Mobility

Gives staff opportunities to spend periods of time in other institutions (including European and World-wide); the staff can share best practice and expertise with regard to administration, research and teaching, in parallel with learning about new cultures. This provides excellent staff development opportunities, whilst at the same time, building capacity between the two institutions.  

Student Mobility (visiting and exchange for students)

Study abroad, including student exchanges and student mobility programmes such as ERASMUS+.

Trans-National Education

(TNE) is the broad term used to describe higher education learning opportunities that are provided outside the UK but lead to an award that is managed and quality assured by Swansea University.


Validated programmes are designed by the partner and delivered by staff of and at the partner institution. These staff would have been granted honorary lecturer status by Swansea University. The programme and quality assurance will be overseen by Swansea University and the academic award will be granted by Swansea University.


Joint Programmes

Joint programmes are those co-designed by Swansea University and another/other degree awarding body(ies). The degree programme shall either be taught and assessed or co-supervised by both universities. The students will qualify for either a double, joint or multiple degree (see double, joint or multiple awards sections for further information).  


Contact Details

Academic Partnerships Directorate
First floor, Rooms 146-155
Talbot Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park Campus

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Telephone No:  +44 1792 295604

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