Why choose USW - Postgraduate


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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Flexible Learning

We take a realistic approach to learning, with many taught courses having part-time study options and distance learning available.

At the University, many of our students fit their studies around work and family commitments. 

Depending on your circumstances, the flexible learning route can allow you to keep your wage while studying. Take a look at Matthew's story for more information on how you can benefit from flexible learning.

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Student Support

We care about our students, and provide support from our Disability Service to our confidential Wellbeing Service

We offer free advice and support relating to health, mental health and counselling to all USW Students.

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.

Amie McDonald from Gloucestershire is studying the part-me Masters in SEN course at USW.

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.


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? 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.

We also have two employability programmes, Grad Edge and Bright Ideas. The programmes work with you to ensure you take advantage of every opportunity and reach your potential.


How will I fund my postgraduate studies?

Funding is a big factor and students will often need to manage their education with personal upkeep. 

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.

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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. There are alternative postgraduate options, such as choosing a 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 and how you study, so you can gain a qualification that is a recognised standard.