A postgraduate qualification will help you improve your prospects or even change career. If you can’t visit our campuses in person, you can still find out about courses and get your questions answered through our online Open Day.

Find out about fees and funding, our outstanding student support and USW Careers. Read how postgraduate study has helped our students, and even chat with us online. Jump Back In with USW.  

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We offer a range of qualifications, from postgraduate certificates and diplomas, to Masters degrees and PhDs. Many courses are accredited so you will gain a recognised qualification. We also offer flexible study options, with many courses available part-time or through distance learning. We help students fit study around work and family life.

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In this area, courses fit under the following subjects:

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Sport
  • Health Sciences
  • Policing and Security

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In this area, courses fit under the following subjects:

  • Animation and Games
  • Film and VFX
  • Art and Design
  • Photography
  • Music and Sound
  • Performance
  • Journalism and Media

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In this area, courses fit under the following subjects:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Built Environment
  • Computing
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Science

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In this area, courses fit under the following subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management
  • Law
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Public Services and Governance
  • Religious Studies
  • Youth and Community Work


We offer research degrees at Doctoral and Masters level at USW, with more than 400 postgraduate research students. Working collaboratively across sectors, our researchers provide solutions to problems that affect society and the economy. Students also benefit from our Graduate School, which provides a quality support service and research community.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

By thesis, portfolio or by publication.

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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

For the MPhil, you will submit and defend via oral examination, a thesis of up to 60,000 words demonstrating critical investigation and analysis of a topic. 

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Masters by Research (MA or MSc)

For a Masters by Research (MA or MSc), you will complete a programme of supervised research and present and defend a thesis of up to 40,000 words.

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Professional Doctorate - DBA and DPSych

You will complete taught elements at an advanced level and supervised, independent research of clear value, relevance and application to a defined area of professional practice. 


Thousands of students choose to study a postgraduate course with USW each year. Our quality courses, expert teaching staff and impressive employability records make us a top choice.

We work with over 3,500 organisations worldwide to connect you to employers, offering networking opportunities and the practical skills employers want.

USW was ranked a top ten university for postgraduate courses at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

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Many of our courses have accreditations, so our students gain a qualification recognised in their profession. Courses are also informed by research, so students are taught the latest thinking and advances.

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Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research. Half our research is rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2014).

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USW Careers support students through advice, CVs, mock interviews, employer events, career coaching and more. Working with thousands of organisations worldwide, from the BBC to John Lewis, we connect you to employers.


A postgraduate course can help you expand your skills, further your knowledge and improve your career prospects. Employers often look for the advanced skills of postgraduates, as well as the commitment they show to achieve a further qualification.

You may want a career where a professional qualification is essential, or it could even form part of your continuing development. Postgraduate study can allow you to change career completely, or simply study a topic that you enjoy at an advanced level.

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"I love games, so I taught myself how to design and develop them. Having landed a job at a games company, I knew I needed to expand my skills to progress. At USW, I had great support from tutors and used amazing equipment, and now I’m a full-time game designer. I turned my passion into a career. All I had to do was jump back in".

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"After my undergraduate degree my career path took a wrong turn. I couldn't quite get where I wanted to be and I knew I needed to advance my skills to get there. I jumped back into my studies. I'm now a marketing executive travelling the world with my work!".

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Understanding the financial and immigration processes involved with applying to university is important. 

At USW, we have an International Student Advice Team made up of qualified advisers who can speak with you on any issues you may be having during the process. In the meantime let us guide you through the application process at USW while looking at finance and immigration in particular.


Living in Halls is a big part of the student experience – it’s much more than just a place to stay and we can make you feel right at home.

There are lots of accommodation options at USW, so you can choose what suits you best. We can also offer lots of advice on finding private rental properties if you would prefer not to live in Halls.

So before you take a look, find out more about the accommodation options at USW and how to apply. 

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Studying with us means you will never be short of support. Our services care for your every need and our award-winning student support team will help you.

We have Advice Zones located in our libraries across all campuses. They are easily accessible and a first point of contact for any issues. They can connect you with disability and wellbeing support, health clinics, money advice, USW careers, and even our chaplaincy or childcare support.

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We care about the wellbeing of our students and offer support for health, mental health and counselling. We run regular workshops, from mindfulness sessions, to coping with depression and anxiety.

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We have a library on each campus with long opening hours, self-service facilities and many resources available online. Students can also access our Study Skill Centres and the latest learning technologies.

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There’s a network of people at USW ready to help and look after your wellbeing. We’re here to support you every step of the way as you build your future.