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University of South Wales

4.1 out of 5 (28 ratings / 17 reviews) Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects.A course at USW is more than just a qualification. Inside and outside the classroom, we help you achieve your potential professionally and personally.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (33)
Medicine & Health (30)
Business & Management (29)
Engineering & Technology (12)
Arts, Design & Architecture (10)
Computer Science & IT (10)
Education & Training (10)
Humanities (8)
Applied Sciences & Professions (6)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Law (4)
Journalism & Media (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



The University of South Wales was formed in 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport.

Both the institutions that have come together to create the University of South Wales have a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years.


Our Chancellor the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams has said that the University is “both a substantial presence in Britain and in the global higher education community, and a major force for change in Wales.”

The University hosts a number of public lectures per year as part of its Global Choices series, which invites leading artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners to address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today.


Research at the University of South Wales is focused on providing solutions to problems that affect society and the economy.

Researchers are increasingly working across disciplines, either within their own Research Institutes or interdisciplinary. The big problems society faces require researchers who are knowledgeable and experts at extracting impact from their research.


Students from all over the world have been coming to our university for many years for a high quality educational experience and to gain employment around the world.

A degree or postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future, and we want to make sure that your investment pays off. That’s why all our courses are designed with employability in mind. 

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Why Apply to this University?

  • The University of South Wales has campuses in Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd, and Dubai.

  • Study at the second-largest university in Wales, with over 33.500 students coming from over 122 countries worldwide.

  • Join some of the best research facilities in the UK, from a university that was described as 'world leading'and 'internationally excellent' by The Research Excellence Framework.

  • Study one of over 90 Bachelor's degrees, or over 140 Master's degrees available.

  • Choose a degree in disciplines like: Arts & Design, Computer Science & IT, Medicine, and Social Sciences.

  • Tuition fees can be around 6000 GBP /year for EU/EEA students, or 13000 GBP /year for international students.

  • The applications are on a rolling basis, so you can apply anytime.

  • Prepare at least 850 GBP /month to live in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

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Select a programme offered by University of South Wales and start the application process. You will have to answer a few questions about who you are and what you want to study and create your application account. After you load your required application documents, you will be contacted by one of our application counsellors. The counsellor will make sure you’ll have the best chances of getting into the university. Finally, Studyportals will apply on your behalf.

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Student services

The Immigration & International Student Advice team’s main area of expertise is in the immigration law and rules and offer specialised advice and information for international students and their dependants. We also offer a dedicated advice service for non-academic, welfare-related matters and endeavour to provide opportunities that improve the international student experience and promote internationalisation both on and off campus.

Housing services

Live and study in a friendly, community atmosphere that our students love. Not only is it convenient, but it's competitively priced too.There are nearly 1,200 rooms of different sizes, and 20 self-contained studio flats. All our accommodation is self-catering, so each kitchen is well-equipped with microwaves, ovens, toasters and fridges.

ICT services

IT and media resources are a common thread behind many of the activities which help to enhance your learning experience, such as your online student account (giving you access to email, printing and payments and more), Blackboard (your online learning environment), open access to computers on each campus, printing services, and media equipment.

Medical services

The University Health Service offers free health advice and support to all USW Students. We form part of your overall healthcare provision, alongside your GP, pharmacist, dentist, the National Health Service and other parts of the University.

We are based on the Treforest Campus and also have a presence at both Cardiff and Newport City Campuses.

Student Life

Campus life

We’re a modern, industry-focused University that will broaden your horizons and prepare you for your chosen career. We have campuses located across the region's vibrant cities and inspirational countryside, in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, as well as a brand new campus located in Dubai.


  • Treforest, Pontypridd Campus
  • Glyntaff, Pontypridd Campus
  • Cardiff Campus
  • Newport City Campus
  • USW Sport Park
  • Caerleon Campus

Sports facilities

  • The University of South Wales has a strong sporting background, an excellent reputation for sport degrees, and impressive facilities for our students to study and train in. We have some of the best facilities in the UK, offering clubs, courses and qualifications.
  • The USW Sport Park is our purpose-built site, designed to train and develop our students to their highest potential. Our largest campus hosts the Treforest Sport Centre, with facilities and programmes that cater for top-class elite performers and students who want to want to keep fit and healthy. The labs at Pontypridd Campus, Glyntaff provide a strong, scientific background to learning, and complement the specialist equipment available in the Sport Park.


Many of our courses have 'official’ industry approval, through accreditations from a host of professional bodies, including ACCA, the British Computer Society (BCS), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the British Psychology Society (BPS), Skillset Media Academy Wales, the Institute of Fire Safety Engineers, RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and CILECT – the association of the world’s major film and television schools.

Student Reviews

University of South Wales MBA review
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

Some of the lecturers can't speak proper English, or they do not have a proper business education. (I had a civil engineer teaching us how to do a business research and a lecturer from Asia with a horrible accent). Yet, our course leader is amazing but it doesn't really make a big difference for the other things. The quality of teaching is poor in general, yet the Uni...

Minor kinks but great program
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I love my program. It is truly unique and no other school offers anything like it. It is however the only program offered via distance education and therefore there are communication gaps that need to be worked out - particularly regarding fees.

Program with excellent potential
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great and unique program. The topics of study are very interesting. I do with the international placements had more hands on health care opportunities, however I expect that the program will leave me prepared for international deployment.

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom