Studying at USW - Postgraduate

Postgraduate courses and postgraduate research degrees will expand your skill base, further your knowledge and can greatly improve your career prospects.

USW offers extensive support to help you complete your postgraduate course. This includes accommodation, funding, library services and the Disability and Dyslexia Service.

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Why choose postgraduate study?

The additional qualifications will improve your career prospects, making you an asset to your employer or a better interview candidate. Many employers look for the advanced knowledge and skills of postgraduates, as well as the commitment they have demonstrated in achieving a further qualification. Alternatively, you may be very passionate for a subject and want to explore it at an advanced level, such as a Masters degree or postgraduate research.

Professional qualifications

To progress in certain careers, such as accountancy, a professional qualification is essential. There are also many fields in which a research degree is desirable, like working in laboratories or education. Postgraduate study can provide not only the opportunity of continued professional development but a complete career change.

How will I fund my 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 can I fit study around my busy schedule?

Though daunting, it is possible. Many of our students fit further study around work and family. At the University of South Wales, we take a realistic approach to postgraduate study and do all we can to help you achieve your goals.

Nearly all our taught courses have part-time study options, while others are available through distance or ‘block’ learning. The University also has extensive e-learning facilities, which means you can access the information and materials you need whenever it suits you. 

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 course 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.