Public Services Degrees
We have hosted incredible guest speakers from the police forces, equality organisations and local government
Students can undertake a 10-week internship to gain confidence and skills in their second year
Study for up to a year in Europe or the USA to get an international perspective and a CV boost
Social Policy at USW is rated top in Wales for learning community - National Student Survey 2022
Public Services Degrees
Public services affect our day-to-day lives in many ways; from the collection of refuse to community regeneration, and the protection provided by the emergency services and the health service.
Looking at issues of power and decision-making, you’ll investigate how decisions come about, who makes them and what difference they make in the real world. Both friendly and inclusive, we provide an environment that ensures students achieve the outcomes they deserve.
Taught by Leading Experts
Staff teaching public services at the University of South Wales have years of experience in delivering awards for the public sector, all of whom have a strong research profile in the field. Our students benefit from a range of guest speaker events, including from police forces, equality organisations and local government.
Looking at issues of power and decision-making, you’ll investigate how decisions come about, who makes them and what difference they make in the real world. Social Policy students have access to the Global Choices Series, featuring high profile guest speakers including Sir John Major and Lady Shami Chakrabarti.
The University has a long tradition of providing high quality healthcare management courses and has successfully delivered similar postgraduate programmes for over 20 years. Students have the opportunity to undertake a 10-week internship during the second year of the degree and can study for up to a year in Europe or the USA to get an international perspective and a CV boost.
PUBLIC SERVICES COURSES
On this public services course, you’ll explore how these services operate and the challenges they face in the 21st century, preparing you for a career in this important and diverse sector. You could get the chance to work with public sector organisations such as the NHS.
The Foundation Year in Public Services forms part of an integrated four-year degree programme, and is designed for students who do not currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry onto a degree course in subjects including BA (Hons) Public Services.
During the MSc Health and Public Service Management, you will examine the challenges facing healthcare and related public service areas, making strong links between academic theory and management practice to create a relevant context. You will also specialise in a key area through your chosen dissertation topic.
A Masters by Research or PhD allows to make an in-depth study of a topic that’s of interest to you or your organisation. Study full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance.
Experience South Wales
The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.
With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside.
We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.
Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales.
You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.
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CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Put theory into practice
A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.
From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.
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