Engineering at USW

Engineering Degrees

We offer traditional engineering courses such as civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, or more specialist courses including aircraft maintenance engineering and lighting design technology.

Professional bodies set the benchmark for employee standards and can unlock doors to high-level jobs. We build these standards and accreditations into our engineering courses.



At USW Engineering, we offer a range of postgraduate engineering courses, across civil engineering, the built environment, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and aeronautical engineering.

You also may be eligible to apply for the HEFCW Postgraduate STEM bursary of £2,000 for a full master’s course. Click here for more information

For more information on our postgraduate offering, support and funding, please visit our postgraduate Engineering page.


At the University of South Wales, our dedicated engineering facilities include an Aerospace Centre, which houses its very own aircraft, a suite of practical training facilities approved by the aerospace industry, and electronics labs supplemented with world-leading Renesas technologies. We have recently refurbished our civil and mechanical engineering labs equipping them with the latest computer-aided and controlled machinery.

Aerospace Centre

The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested £3.3 million into its aerospace facilities. The investment includes a two-storey extension to our Aerospace Centre has added 1,000m2 of dedicated practical workshop and laboratory space for engineering students.

Engineering Workshops

Engineering Facilities: Civil

Civil engineering facilities include new laboratories for structures, materials and geotechnics. These allow us to demonstrate fundamental engineering principles and help you carry out project and research work. We test steel, concrete and masonry lintels, together with other structural materials, to improve product design and discover new methods of construction.

Electrical and Electronic Suites

Michael Scott, Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate

We have three suites that include an embedded systems lab, general electronics lab, and power and renewable lab. Our embedded systems lab contains 25 high-end terminals that run cutting-edge development tools that have been designed in conjunction with our sponsor, Renesas – the world’s leading supplier of microcontrollers. This sponsorship means our students are taught using the most up-to-date technologies and development tools.

Technology Studios

Engineering Facilities: Lighting

On our Lighting, Sound and Live Event Production courses, you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities at our ATRiuM campus in Cardiff's city centre. You will work in our television and sound studios, video and show networking laboratory and the University theatre, to put your skills into practise and realise your designs. We benefit from the proximity of, and links with many local venues, including: Cardiff arena, major BBC TV studios, Cardiff stadium, cinemas, concert venues, recording studios and world-class theatres.


Engineering research facilities

Engineering Research

We offer a number of postgraduate research programmes including Masters by Research and PhD, all of which allow you to make an in-depth study of an Engineering topic that interests you. You can study full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance (subject permitting). We have research strengths in a number of individual disciplines and interdisciplinary areas including mobile and satellite communications; aerospace; advanced materials engineering; sustainable energy; electronic product engineering; wireless and optoelectronics and automotive and power systems engineering.


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Engineering Placements

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.

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Women In Engineering

At the University of South Wales, we are proud of the staff, students and graduates we have in engineering. To celebrate women in engineering, we spoke with several of our outstanding women at USW to see what engineering means to them.

Gabrielle Wheeler  BSc Hons Project Management _ Surveying


Professional bodies set the benchmark for employee standards and we build these standards and accreditations into our engineering degrees.

USW Rocketry Society

USW Rocketry Society

The rocketry society works with students who volunteer to take part in designing, propelling, monitoring and constructing rockets from scratch. Since it's foundation in November 2018, the rocketry society has designed, built, launched and successfully recovered 3 rockets, reaching 3,000ft - alongside winning the National Rocketry Championship 2018/19 - a huge achievement!

Engineering Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

The University of South Wales, working in partnership with the Welsh Government, is offering Engineering Degree Apprenticeships. These combine work-based learning with studying a degree part-time at university. You achieve a degree, learn professional skills and gain industry knowledge.




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