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University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering our students excellent opportunities and prospects.

We offer a friendly and academically challenging environment with an excellent reputation for teaching quality, state-of-the-art study facilities and supportive staff.

We have over 500 courses available, outstanding graduate employment rates and we've invested £160 million into our facilities.

As a USW student, you’ll be using the same technology and equipment that is used in industry, from a full-size Jetstream 31 airliner and Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator, to TV studios to crime scene houses and healthcare suites. You learn by doing, which means that you will be more prepared for the world of work. 

The University is based in South Wales, UK with campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd. Wales is a country in its own right, but is a part of the UK. South Wales has a vibrant city life, culture, nightlife, music festivals, award-winning beaches, outdoor adventure, history and breath-taking countryside. 

It is a safe, affordable and welcoming place to study. Our students love the friendly atmosphere at the University of South Wales. All our campuses are easily reached by road, rail and air. Take a look at our virtual tour to see what the University of South Wales is like or take part in one of our online Open Days.

We have a great record of employability, 95 per cent of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after completing their courses. (Source: DLHE 2016)

As well as specialist knowledge in your chosen field, we’ll also give you the practical skills to apply that knowledge to the workplace. You’ll not only graduate with a degree but also the real-life practical skills that you’ll need to get ahead.

GREAT Scholarships 2021

The University of South Wales has two GREAT Scholarships available for the 2021-22 academic year for two students from Pakistan. 

Courses available

Applications are available for a range of courses at USW (with the exception of courses in the field of business and management, finance and accounting and law) including the following programmes:

  1. MSc Data Science
  2. MSc Aviation Engineering and Management 
  3. MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology

MSc Data Science 

Data science is rapidly emerging in organisations and the need for fully trained data scientists, analysts and programmers are in demand now more than ever.

On the MSc Data Science course, you will learn how to apply high-level analytical skills and knowledge to solve a range of real-world problems.

You will work towards a globally recognised qualification, the SAS Joint Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Mining. The Joint Certificate will validate your skills and ability to use SAS software, giving you a competitive advantage in the job market.

You will have the opportunity to work on a real-world data science project in collaboration with an industry partner. You will develop analytical and practical data science skills to solve real-world business problems and utilise industry-led software and cutting edge techniques.

In industry, computing power is now vital to aid complex mathematical calculations on a daily basis. Therefore, throughout your Masters degree in Data Science, you will be exposed to a variety of key industry computer packages to facilitate your learning. You will also be taught programming skills.

Practice is so important in gaining understanding of complex data science techniques, which is why we have a dedicated Data Science computer laboratories and access to student workrooms dedicated to our Data Science students. These facilitate a learning environment where you can work individually or in groups and as they are located next to the staff offices you will have no problem finding help when needed.

MSc Aviation Engineering and Management

World leading aircraft manufacturers predict the number of in-service commercial aircraft doubling to over 43,500 in the next 20 years. Our MSc Aviation Engineering and Management course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the aviation industry.

You’ll develop key problem-solving skills within the field of aviation including airlines, corporate aviation, general aviation, component manufacturing organisations, and related industries, and civil aviation governmental agencies. You’ll gain an understanding of the various complexities facing aviation businesses through a breadth of industry related modules. Your studies will also cover a wide variety of tools, techniques, and research methods, and how they may be applied to research and solve real-life problems within the aviation industry.

The University has recently invested £1.8m into its aerospace facilities.

Facilities available to our students have been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With access to an EASA-approved suite of practical training facilities, our students can use a range of industry-standard facilities.

Our Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics. It has a 19-passenger configuration.

The EASA-approved suite contains training and practical workshops and laboratories. Each area contains the tools and equipment required to facilitate the instruction of either mechanical or avionic practical tasks as required by the CAA.

Our sub-sonic wind tunnel is used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations.

The single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 flight simulator can be programmed for several aircraft types that include the Airbus A320 and the Cessna 150.

MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology 

This course will develop the cutting-edge multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to enable you to develop a rewarding career in this fast moving growth industry.

Accredited by The Energy Institute, this renewable energy masters is based in USW’s Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) a leading and internationally recognised centre for more than 30 years. SERC is also home to The Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion and the University of South Wales Centre for Renewable Hydrogen Research and Demonstration.

You will be taught by SERC’s team of academics and researchers who are engaged in industrially linked projects such as FLEXIS, RICE and SMART circle working with companies such as Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Tata Steel, and ITM Power. This ensures that your modules are informed by the latest up-to-date and industrially relevant research, preparing you for employment in the field.

Further information about the University of South Wales

  • The University of South Wales is one of the largest state universities in the UK. 
  • USW staff work hard so that our students receive a high-quality education and experience, and we are delighted to have risen 24 places in the 2021 Good University Guide (Times/Sunday Times) League Table and 32 places in the Guardian League Table 2021.
  • In the Good University Guide, USW has three subjects in the top 30 in the UK.  Mathematics is at 15th, Social Policy at 26th and Art & Design at 30th. In the Guardian League Tables, we have additional subjects in the UK’s top 25: Health Professions is 3rd, Geography is 10th, Civil Engineering is at 17th and Design at 23rd. 
  • The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) showed USW’s world-leading and internationally excellent research across the range of the creative industries is ranked top in the UK for its impact.
  • USW’s world-leading research in social policy and criminology is ranked 8th in the UK and top in Wales
  • USW is 15th overall in the UK for world leading research in sports and exercise science