Cyber Security at USW

Why study cyber security?

Our cyber security courses will equip you for the wide variety of exciting and important careers available in this field, and cover bleeding edge technologies such as mobile forensics, ethical hacking and big data. Taught by experts in their field, you can be confident knowing you will be supported throughout your studies. USW has been named Cyber University of the Year for two consecutive years at the National Cyber Awards 2020 and 2019.

Many of our computing degrees are fully accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited computing degree is likely to be internationally recognised. 

Depending on your course, you will be trained to a sufficient level to enable you to take industry standard qualifications alongside your studies, such as Cisco Cyber Ops (Cyber Academy), CompTIA Security+ and Access Data’s Forensic Toolkit Certified Examiner. 


Cyber Security Placements

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Undertaking a work placement is a great chance for you to apply your current skills and gain new ones from a real-world setting, as well as putting you ahead of the competition when you graduate.

At USW we create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. We offer learning that reflects employer demands, and equip our students with the skills and experience to succeed. We produce employment-ready graduates who are a step ahead of their competitors.

National Cyber Security Academy

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Here at USW, we have a National Cyber Security Academy based at our Newport City Campus.

The academy plugs the skills gap in the industry by training some of our brightest and best undergraduate to spearhead the fight against cyber crime.

The academy also gives students the opportunity to work with clients on a variety of live projects including pen testing, digital cleansing and the investigation of security risks.


Attending an open day, whether online or on-campus, is the ideal way to learn more about our Cyber Security courses and get a feel of what it's like to study at the University of South Wales.

Speak to the lecturers and expert staff who teach the courses, take tours of our campuses and facilities, view accommodation, speak to our advice team about placement and career opportunities and discuss finances. Plus, speak to current students and hear about their experiences first hand.

Cyber Security - Online Open Day


Cyber Research at USW

Our Information Security Research Group focuses on issues associated with the design and development of early warning systems that are capable of detecting and responding to a variety of cyber based attacks. 

The group develops technologies such as secure XML, threat assessment methods, vulnerability management, IDS data integration, data minding and data fusion, and secure wireless mobile computing applications.