Why choose USW - Postgraduate

Improve your career prospects

Postgraduate courses and postgraduate research degrees expand your skills, further your knowledge and improve your career prospects. Over 4,500 students choose to study postgraduate courses with us each year. 

Our quality courses, award-winning lecturers and excellent employability records make us a top choice.

The University of South Wales offers extensive support to help you complete your postgraduate course. This includes accommodationfundinglibrary services and the Disability and Dyslexia Service.

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Quality courses

The University of South Wales offers a range of postgraduate degrees, from business and engineering to health and psychology. Our postgraduate qualifications are available at different levels, from postgraduate certificates and masters to PhDs.

Many of our courses have accreditation from professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. This allows you to gain a qualification recognised in your profession, such as an ACCA or LPC.

Expert teaching staff

Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their area of expertise. Half our research is rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF2014), which ensures our programmes reflect the latest thinking and advances.

Flexible learning

At the University, many of our students fit their studies around work and family commitments. We take a realistic approach to learning, with many taught courses having part-time study options and distance learning available.

Career service

USW Careers offers valuable guidance on your future and choice of qualification. The service works hard to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity available to make your CV stand out. We run employer-led events, including employability clinics and networking opportunities, and can even help you set up your own business.

Student support

We care about our students, and provide support from our Disability Service to our confidential Wellbeing Service. There is plenty of learning support on offer for those returning to learning, as well as a library on each campus and many resources and services available.

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How will I fund my postgraduate studies?

Funding is a big factor and students will often need to manage their education with salary upkeep and a mortgage. However, financial support is available, including bursaries and scholarships. There are also flexible study options, so you can fund your education by fitting study around your job. If your course is relevant to your job, you could even get support from your employer towards fees or study costs.

We have a Money Advice Team on hand to provide advice and guidance when you need it, as well as a scholarship programme. 


How will my career be improved?

Having a career plan is important – you need to know how to use your new qualification to your advantage. Which specialist area will offer the best career opportunities? If you are using further study to change career, what are the industry-standard qualifications required? What do employers look for on a CV? The University has a Careers and Employability Service that offers guidance on your future and your choice of qualification. You can get their advice or talk to an academic at one of our Open Evenings. 

We also have two employability programmes at the University – Grad Edge and Bright Ideas. The programmes work with you to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity and reach your potential. We want you to complete your studies with an enviable CV and a bright future.

What kind of masters should I study?

Postgraduate qualifications are available at many different levels, from Postgraduate Certificate to PhD. Taught courses involve more traditional seminars, coursework or exams. Alternatively, you could choose study that is entirely research-based. Research study involves producing an original thesis from mainly independent work, with support from a supervisory tutor or team.

Some qualifications are delivered by the University on behalf of professional bodies. These are prescriptive in what you learn and how you study, so you can gain a qualification that is a recognised standard in that profession.