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University of South Wales

The University of Glamorgan is a dynamic higher education institution and the second largest university in Wales. Glamorgan is committed to providing professional, employment-focused academic programmes which make its students highly desirable in the workplace. With a well-established international reputation, Glamorgan attracts around 3,200 overseas students from over 60 countries around the globe each year.

Main Campus:
Treforest & Glyntaff

Treforest & Glyntaff, Pontypridd, Atrium Campus, Cardiff city centre

Student Population:

 Faculty of Business and Society, Cardiff School of Cultural and Creative Industries, Faculty of Health, Sport and Social Sciences, Faculty of Advanced Technology


Why Choose University of Glamorgan?

The University of Glamorgan is a dynamic higher education institution and the second largest university in Wales. Glamorgan is committed to providing professional, employment-focused academic programmes which make its students highly desirable in the workplace. With a well-established international reputation, Glamorgan attracts around 3,200 overseas students from over 60 countries around the globe each year.


Teaching Quality

With over nine decades of experience in education, Glamorgan has evolved into a university with an exceptional reputation for first-class teaching, excellent facilities and outstanding academic support.

  • Its courses are relevant to the real world and students develop the right knowledge and skills needed to develop their career.
  • Many courses at the University have been accredited by professional bodies, earning exemptions for students from additional professional examinations.
  • The University of Glamorgan was named as Wales’ top new university by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011.
  • Glamorgan strives to give its students the best possible learning experience; it is engaged in a £130-million facilities investment programme.
  •  The University spent £35 million building the vibrant state-of-the-art ATRiuM campus for the cultural and creative industries, in the heart of Cardiff.
  • At the University’s Health, Sport and Science campus at Glyntaff a £15 million refurbishment provides a dynamic, high-tech learning environment which enhances the teaching and support facilities for Science and Sport, with an additional £4 million on world-class sports facilities at the Glamorgan Sport Park.
  • The Faculty of Advanced Technology recently completed construction of the Aircraft Maintenance Centre on the Treforest Campus, featuring a Jetstream aircraft, which will be used by students to complete part of their Part 66 EASA aircraft maintenance training.
  • The Grade II listed building on the Treforest campus housing the School of Law, Accounting and Finance has seen further development and now houses the new Postgraduate Centre.
  • On all Glamorgan campuses, there is an exciting learning environment with industry-standard equipment to guarantee that students gain essential career skills using some of the best facilities in the UK.
  • A Glamorgan student will have access to the latest learning technologies.  The University is a recognised pioneer and expert in this field as one of the first universities to make technology a key part of the learning experience. Resources are accessible anytime, anywhere.


Research Quality

Glamorgan focuses on user-valued research and is committed to enhancing the links between research, teaching and consultancy and enterprise.

  • There is a thriving postgraduate community of over 3,000 students working across a wide range of disciplines and levels, from part-time professional qualifications to full-time research degrees.
  • The faculties are filled with staff that are actively involved in research, so students will be taught by national and international experts in their field.
  • In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the University confirmed its status as one of Wales’ leading research-active universities.  More than 70% of Glamorgan’s research activity was assessed as being of a quality recognised internationally for its originality, significance and rigour, and 10% of this research was recognised as world-leading.
  • Glamorgan’s position as a significant research-active university has been cemented by its part in the St David’s Day Group.  Together with other major universities in Wales- Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea, the group represents over 70% of students in Wales and more than 95% of the nation’s research activity.



The University of Glamorgan has an established international reputation.

  • Students join the University from around the globe; coming from 57 countries beyond the European Union.  The University also delivers courses in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Enquiries and admissions from international students are handled by specially trained staff that can help with questions. The University also has a wide network of representatives in many countries that are able to help.
  • The University recognises many qualifications from around the world.  Staff and representatives overseas can advise students on the equivalent of their qualifications and recommend a suitable study plan.
  • Different courses have different entry requirements.  If a student does not meet the required English language level, the University can arrange for them to have English Language training at the University Centre for International English.
  • The University offers the International Foundation Programme (IFP).  After completion, a student can progress to a Bachelor degree at Glamorgan or another UK university.
  • Undergraduate International Development Scholarships of £2,500 are available for students from the following countries: Kenya, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cameron, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Syria, Mexico, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Malaysia, Lebanon, Thailand and Vietnam.


Student Satisfaction

The University of Glamorgan has a long-term commitment to the delivery of a first-class learning environment incorporating the use of cutting-edge learning facilities: a learning environment in which students flourish and grow, academically and socially.

  • The 2011 National Student Survey (NSS) rated Glamorgan’s Creative Writing degree and Marketing degree as amongst the best degrees in Wales; with Creative Writing getting a remarkable 100% satisfaction score.
  • The School of Law, Accounting and Finance continued to remain joint top in the country for overall student satisfaction. Law received an outstanding score of 92% while Business Studies is rated second in Wales.
  • Accounting has mirrored the success of Law with a 92% overall satisfaction score. Both Law and Accounting have also scored highly for academic support, access to learning resources and teaching.
  • 100% of Accounting and Finance students found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduation.
  • TheSchool of Psychologyhas seen an increase in the overall satisfaction for psychology with 92% of final year undergraduates agreeing that staff are good at explaining their subject.
  • A brand-new, award-winning, Students’ Union building opened in September 2010. This iconic new building has allowed the Union to develop into an inclusive, diverse and modern home for students.


Employable Graduates

Providing graduates with the skills they need to find jobs is at the heart of Glamorgan’s ethos. Glamorgan students will have the right mix of knowledge and practical skills to succeed.

  • The University has the 7th highest success rate (94.4%) in the whole of the UK for its graduates finding employment after graduating – far higher than the UK average.
  • Learning is not just about books and theories – work experience is a crucial part of a Glamorgan student’s experience, giving students the opportunity to experience the workplace and put what they have learnt into practice. For example, accountancy students can study for professional qualifications whilst working at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics (part of the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Corporation), aircraft maintenance students working alongside engineers at General Electric and business students undertaking work placements, arranged by the University, with Rolls-Royce and Microsoft.
  • Teaching is informed by actual practice, and modules are regularly updated to reflect real-life trends.  Glamorgan collaborates with employers to ensure that what students learn will meet the demanding requirements of today’s workplace.
  • Students also have the opportunity to undertake voluntary work for local communities, clinical placements or research projects with external organisations.
  • There are field trips to international partners or locations, study on work exchanges, internships or placements within the Students Union.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

With many diverse courses to deliver to over 22,000 students, Glamorgan ensures that its teaching is of the highest quality. It offers a wider range of professionally-accredited courses and many faculties and divisions are recognised for their expertise.

  • Glamorgan offers over 200 courses which are grouped under four faculties specialising in a particular area: The Faculty of Business and Society; the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science; The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, and the Faculty of Advanced Technology.
  • The Faculty of Business and Society offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within four schools: Glamorgan Business School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Accounting, Law and Finance and the School of Psychology.
  • The Glamorgan Business School:  The school will provide students with the opportunity to aspire to be a leader of a global organisation or develop their own ideas into a new business.
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences:  Ideal for students who are interested in understanding more about the world in which we live, both past and present, or how humans interpret the world through literature and art.
  • The School of Accounting, Law and Finance:  All courses are designed to provide intellectual training and professional skills.   All the undergraduate Accounting courses offer exemptions from Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) professional examinations. The standard of teaching has been awarded ‘Gold’ status by the ACCA.
  • The School of Psychology: All courses combine academic quality with opportunities to develop practical skills through placements and research projects.  All the Psychology courses are recognised and accredited by the British Psychological Society as giving the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Students also have the option to study for a BSc Early Years Development and Education or the BSc (Hons) Childhood and Youth, which is being assessed for accreditation by the Behavioural Analysis Certification Board.
  • The Faculty of Advanced Technology offers cutting-edge courses in exciting fields ranging from Aeronautical Engineering to Computer Forensics and Live Event Technology. The courses also offer work placements in industry.
  • The Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries produces the creative practitioners and cultural leaders of the future.  Courses in this faculty will prepare students for the fast-moving, global creative industries sector.
  • The Faculty of Health, Sport and Science:  Offers a wide range of courses in the areas of health, sport and science, designed for everyone from aspiring health and social care professionals to budding environmental scientists. Students will study in purpose-built laboratories equipped to give students the practical skills needed for employment in their chosen field.


Campus Facilities


The University of Glamorgan has 3 campuses: one is located in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, another is in the nearby town of Pontypridd and the third, Treforest & Glyntaff, is just minutes from the Pontypridd campus.

If location is everything, then Glamorgan has it covered.  With campuses in two distinctly different locations, students can experience the best of both worlds.  Cardiff is an exciting, cosmopolitan city that’s fast becoming one of the UK’s top travel destinations. The Welsh capital has something for everyone – a vibrant arts scene, top sporting venues, historical buildings, great nightlife, fantastic shopping and much more.

Cardiff is a great place to live and study.  Being a compact city, it’s friendly and easy to get around in but students get the benefits of a large city too.  Recent studies have named Cardiff as one of the most desirable student cities to live in in the UK.

Travelling between Cardiff and Pontypridd is simple; a local train service runs regularly between the two locations.  The train stops right outside the campus in Pontypridd. There is also a regular bus service but the University is exploring a special bus shuttle service just for students.

Pontypridd is only ten miles outside Cardiff.  It is a welcoming campus surrounded by green open spaces and plenty of fresh air.  Students say they love the community atmosphere, as well as the convenience of living and studying in the same area.  With the University’s growing reputation and popularity, the town is fast becoming a student area, with an abundance of student-friendly shops, pubs and restaurants.

The area has stunning countryside and is close to the coast. It is only two hours away by train from London, with trains going every hour.

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