Why choose USW?

success starts here

At the University of South Wales, it’s all about being bold, independent and fulfilling your potential. We are one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects. 

Our industry connections and emphasis on equipping students with real world experiences make our graduates among the most employable in the UK.

course at USW is more than just a degree. Inside and outside the classroom, we help you achieve your potential professionally and personally. Here’s what you need to know about studying here.

the perfect location

South Wales is an exceptional part of the UK, with city life, countryside and coast.

With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, you can enjoy all that south Wales has to offer – city life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside. 

South Wales is a welcoming place to study and our students love the friendly atmosphere at USW. All our campuses are easily reached by road, rail and air, so wherever you come from you’re never far from home.


Employability is at the heart of everything we do. We seek to ensure you’ll be ready to start a successful career as soon as you graduate. 

We’ve even made employability part of the curriculum, with teaching informed by what happens in the real world and skills you’ll need for the workplace.

It’s an approach that works. 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Research that matters

Research at USW makes a real difference. It provides solutions to problems and informs decisions that affect society, culture and the economy.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), half of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. 

This means you’ll be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of their fields, giving you a window to the latest thinking and developments.

Accredited courses

Many courses at the University have been accredited by professional bodies. 

This means they are of the highest standard and can grant you exemptions from professional exams as an added extra. You’ll find details of professional accreditations next to each course in this prospectus.

Professional Skills

We continually invest in our campuses to ensure you have the best possible student experience and gain all the skills you need. 

Our students learn about their profession in environments that recreate the workplace, using the same equipment and software they’ll find there too.