Drawing on the cutting edge research of the College of Human and Health Sciences, our ethos of multi-disciplinary, collaborative research is key to bringing in research leaders from across the Health Care, Social Care, Academic, Private and Voluntary sectors.  Such a robust approach enables us to take forward high quality research which ultimately benefits patients, users, managers and policy makers.

Research also plays a vital part in informing our teaching and courses through textbooks and publications in professional journals to ensure practitioners receive high-quality training throughout their studies.



Research Centres

Particular areas of the College have grown in recent years to become recognised by the University as centres of excellence for their discipline, and they encompass any relevant research taking place across the University:

Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA)

As Wales’ leading centre for ageing studies, the CIA is underpinned by a strong philosophy of translating research into practice, and an unashamedly positive view of ageing and older people. The centre is also committed to fostering collaboration between business and academia, with the intention of multiplying the benefits of public and private investment in knowledge.

Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research (CGBIPR)

The Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research at the College of Human and Health Sciences provides global leadership on strategies to decrease the worldwide incidence of burns and improve outcomes, particularly in resource poor regions.

Children and Young People's Health and Well-Being

CCYPHW is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and young people from birth through to early adulthood through rigorous multi- and interdisciplinary research. The unique amalgamation of disciplines within the centre makes it an ideal resource for expert insight into wide-ranging child health and well-being issues.

Swansea Centre for Health Economics (SCHE)

The Swansea Centre for Health Economics is one of the College’s newest developments grown from our track record in delivering first class research and consultancy to organisations in the healthcare sector. SCHE looks to bridge the gap between academia and industry and be leaders in health economics and health technology assessment research across Wales and the UK.

Research Groups

In addition to our centres of excellence, the College also has growing areas of research strength across all areas of the College: 

Health Humanities

Leading the way through the application of the humanities to health research, this group applies the concepts and methods of philosophy, history, literature, ethics, the visual arts and law to the analysis of health and healthcare provision. 

Nursing and Practice Development

Committed to transferring research from ‘the bench to bedside’, this theme addresses the issues of professional working and contributions to patient care which cut across traditional boundaries.

Medicines Management

Exploring the administration and monitoring of medicines, the identification of adverse drug reactions, and undertaking student preparation to reduce harm and ensure high standards of patient safety.

Social and Health Care Research

Ensuring the systems underpinning a range of social and health areas such as service policy and organization, social outcome measures, mental health services, and social care workforce are evaluated and enhanced.


By unlocking the secrets of the human mind our psychological research is helping us make sense of how we understand the world, what makes us laugh or cry, why we are conscious, and why we make the choices we do.

Research Initiatives

Our skill and expertise means that we are frequently asked to lead or participate in research initiatives which contribute to the central research infrastructure for Wales which was put in place by the Welsh Government.

Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences (RIASS)

RIASS is a flagship, cross-University collaboration bringing together the very best research expertise within the social, human, health and environmental sciences, ensuring that the applied social sciences are embedded throughout the University and its research culture.

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) 

Building on existing internationally recognised and transformative research networks the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) is a world class research centre addressing key internationally important questions in ageing and dementia.  

Welsh Health Economic Support Service (WHESS)

WHESS was established to support research and improve decision making in health and social care at national and local levels in Wales. WHESS provides health economic support at the early conceptual stages of proposal planning, in research funding applications, in research practice and in the dissemination of information.

Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales (RCBC)

Established in 2006, the RCBC works to increase the volume of research taking place across the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions in Wales and to also contribute toward the development of clinical academic roles.

Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN)

WICN is a multi-centre initiative which draws together psychology research from across the breadth of Wales to create a world leader in the study and application of cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

Mental Health Research Network Cymru (MHRNC)

MHRNC is an all-Wales network which supports vital large-scale research which will help to raise the standard of mental health and social care research and practice throughout Wales. They also have strong links to the mental health charities HAFAL and Mind Cymru.

All-Wales Social Care Research Collaboration (ASCC)

The ASCC is a three year programme of activity designed to increase the social care research capacity in Wales through a combination of collaboration, training and joint-working  across the HEI, private, voluntary and local authority sectors.


Latest News

Our researchers and their studies frequently appear in the news and media both across the UK and worldwide. Some of our latest developments include:

Reduced Portion Sizes - Professor Dave Benton comments
Alpha Galileo (U.S) PhysOrg.com (U.S), Science Codex (U.S), Health Medical and Science Updates (U.S) and Pressnew.org (Poland) all report that Professor Dave Benton’s research has highlighted complexities of the Public Health Responsibility Deal’s call for reduced portion sizes.

Deadline pressure distorts our sense of time
New research by psychological scientist Gabriela Jiga-Boy from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences suggests that deadline pressure might contribute to our distorted view of how much time we really need to get everything done.

Find out more about these breakthroughs and our latest news here.