University of South Wales

The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK.

Our students benefit from superb courses, facilities and support, as well as our growing reputation as a major university for jobs and employers.

The University has campuses throughout south Wales, in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, so you can enjoy everything the region has to offer – from city life and culture, to stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do. We’ve even made employability part of the curriculum, with teaching informed by what happens in the real-world. We have a dedicated, central work placement team to help you find career-related work experience. As a result, 94% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation, which is much higher than the national average (DLHE 2015).

Many of our courses have been accredited by professional bodies, so our students know they have the right skills to impress at interviews.

Our size means we can offer an exceptional range of courses at every level – from Foundation Degrees to PhDs. It also means our links with industry and businesses are hard to beat. We work with world-leaders such as Amazon, the BBC, Hugh James Solicitors, Rolls-Royce and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Our students gain high-level skills using on-campus industry-standard equipment, from our Clinical Simulation Centre and Moot Courtroom, to our Crime Scene House and impressive aerospace facilities. We recently extended USW Cardiff to include new design and photographic studios, fashion facilities, and dance and drama spaces.

At the University of South Wales you’ll be taught by inspirational staff, including published authors, prize-winning poets, and practising musicians. Many of our lecturers are producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their areas of expertise.

This all adds up to an excellent student experience and the best possible start to your future. But that’s not forgetting what happens outside the classroom. South Wales is the perfect location and an exceptional part of the UK, with city life, countryside and coast. Wales is a welcoming place to study, and our students love the friendly atmosphere.

At the University of South Wales, we’re proud of the first-class support on offer, from our Disability and Dyslexia Service to our Student Money Advice Team. We recruit students globally and our graduates work all over the world, building strong careers and making a difference.

 Find out more at an Open Day.


We have Halls of Residence available for all our campuses, or you can choose to rent a house privately.

At USW Pontypridd, you can stay in Mountain Halls or Glamorgan Court, both on campus. Mountain Halls has standard or premium rooms available, as well as studio flats if you prefer a little more space.

Students at USW Cardiff can live at Liberty Bridge or Liberty Park - both in the city centre - one is opposite the campus and the other just a short walk away. 

Students studying in USW Newport live at CLV - Newport Student Village. These modern Halls are in the city centre and a two-minute walk from campus. 


We offer a range of courses in the following areas:

Accounting and Finance
Animation, Games and Visual Effects
Built Environment
Business and Management
Counselling and Therapeutic Studies
Design and Communication
Drama, Dance and Performance
Early Years Education and Practice
Geography and Geology
Health Sciences
Journalism and Media
Music and Sound
Police Sciences
Public Services
Religious Studies
Social Work and Social Care
Teacher Training
Youth and Community Work 

Visit us
The best way to find out if a university is right for you is to visit us at an Open Day.

Call: 03455 76 77 78 
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Times Good University Guide 2024 Ranking 97/131
Guardian 2024 Ranking 72/121
Address University of South Wales, Pontypridd, CF37 1DL View on Map
Contact Telephone 03455 76 77 78

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