University of South Wales

At a glance

Formerly known as the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, the University of South Wales is a thriving, modern University with a reputation for excellent learning and teaching, a growing recognition for international research excellence, first class facilities, professional recognition and outstanding student support. Both of these universities had a rich and varied history, and can each trace their roots back more than 100 years prior to merger in 2013.

The University of South Wales is now one of the largest universities in the UK with over 33,000 students, offering students even more opportunities and even better prospects. Whether our students are studying a foundation course, Bachelors degree, Masters degree or undertaking doctoral level research, they enjoy the benefits of our distinctive, innovative and rigorous academic courses, our excellent facilities as well as our growing reputation as a major international university for careers and graduate employability.

The University offers a distinctive portfolio courses at all academic levels including foundation courses, undergraduate degrees, Masters programmes and research degrees. With three campuses situated in and around Cardiff, Wales’ beautiful and bustling capital city, students can study for a degree in a wide variety of fields including law, accounting and finance, engineering, business and nursing, as well as having the option to improve their academic English with pre-sessional programmes prior to the start of the academic intakes.

The University’s state of the art facilities have recently benefited from a £130m investment programme including brand new halls of residence, a hydrogen research facility, a simulated hospital ward, an award-winning students’ union, new science laboratories, a purpose-built sport park and an Aerospace Centre.

Facts & figures

Type of Institution

Higher Education Provider (HEP). Student Sponsor - Track Record

Campus Locations

Cardiff, Newport, Pontypridd (Wales)

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Why choose the University of South Wales

The University of Wales offers innovative education for the world of work and put learning into practice. The course portfolio is tailored to meet the demands of concurrent business, commerce and industry. Students get a real head start in their professions by training in state-of-the-art simulated environments and they learn by doing.

Excellent Reputation:

  • Internationally renowned
  • Conducting applied research that has been recognised as world-leading for its originally, significance and rigour.


State of the Art Facilities:

  • Over £160m investment in facilities
  • International rugby and football teams train at out sports facilities, including the British Lions, South Africa, New Zealand All Blacks and Wales


Exciting Opportunities:

  • Scholarships of up to £2,500 per year available for international students
  • University alumni in over 100 counries worldwide
  • 95% of our graduates are in employment of further study within 6 months of graduating
  • Working with global companies inlcuing IBM, Atradius, Rolls Royce, Tata Streel, British Airways, Orange, INTEL, HSBC, Apple, GE Aviation, KPMG, BBC, Sony and MI5
  • Regular careers fairs, employer exhibitions and seminars
  • Part time jobs fairs


Fantastic Location

  • 3 campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pointypridd
  • Comparatively low costs of living
  • Wales was voted one of the top countries in the world to visit in 2014 (Rough Guides, 2014)


Outstanding Courses

  • Two start dates available, September and February (selected courses available)
  • Many courses accredited by the world’s leading professional bodies
  • Live project work, guest lecturers and work placements in industry for many courses
  • In the top 20 in the UK for Nursing
  • 3rd in Wales for Civil Engineering and Mathematics
  • Top in Wales for student satisfaction in the areas of Management, Building, Complementary Medicine, Chiropractic, Imaginative Writing, Initial Teacher Training, Journalism, Mathematics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Social Work.


Awards obtained

The university has partnerships with major multinational leaders in industry such as British Airways, and our winning of UK-wide awards for Outstanding Student Support (Times Higher Education Awards) and Access to Higher Education (Guardian Education Awards).  The University of South Wales has been endorsed by key leaders of the UK's international business organisations and think-tanks, including the Director General of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), the Vice Chairman EMEA of CitiGroup, and the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The university prides itself on its supportive learning environment. Building on our success in the Times Higher Education we performed well in the International Student Barometer (November 2014) where the university was placed in the top 10 in the UK for accommodation services, academic English, language support, health services, well-being services, catering establishments and the International Office.

The University has a very good reputation in the field of graduate employment and this is reflected in the employability statistics - 95% of our graduates overall are in employment or undertaking higher study within 6 months making us one of the highest in the UK (HEFCW Performance Indicator 2012/13 (HESA).

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