UWS is a truly international university with origins dating back to 1897. Our degrees will give you a global outlook and prepare you for the best international opportunities available.
University of the West of Scotland offers a range of career-focused undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree options across six academic schools.
We combine first-class teaching with modern research facilities, and our research-active teaching staff are dedicated to making a real difference to the world, developing innovative technologies and shaping our society.
Students graduate from UWS with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for a successful career in their chosen field.
UWS's undergraduate/Bachelor courses (BA, BAcc, BD, BEng, BSc) are career-focused designed in partnership with business and industry. Students graduate with internationally recognised qualifications, ready to succeed in the job market.
Are you planning to update your skills or looking for a new career direction? We offer a wide range of postgraduate Masters (MA, MBA, MSc) and post-experience taught courses across academic schools designed to help develop your career.
UWS offer a range of applied research programmes and degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD) aligned to our academic schools' and research institutes' areas of expertise. We also offer new doctorates for professionals (DBA, DProf).
Would you like to spend your summer studying in Scotland? UWS's summer schools offer international students the opportunity to broaden their horizons, improve language skills and boost employability skills.
English language courses
Some applicants need additional support to meet our English language requirements. The pre-sessional English language courses at UWS will help you to achieve the necessary skills to study in English.
The University has 8 academic schools which deliver a range of career-focused and professionally recognised Bachelor and Masters degrees as well as research degree opportunities:
Tuition fees vary depending upon category of student (Home-EU / English, Welsh, Northern Irish / International / Part-time). Check the website for details of current tuition fees.
The University accepts applications from students from a number of countries each holding a wide range of qualifications. Each application is considered on an individual basis and so, we often accept applicants who have applied holding qualifications including: International Baccalaureate Diplomas, A-levels, HNDs, Irish Leaving Certificates, PDAs, Vocational Qualifications, as well as a range of international diplomas, degrees and awards. Check out individual course entries on our website or download the undergraduate course directory or postgraduate prospectus.
UWS offers a range if scholarships and bursaries for eligible students. These are tailored for home/EU or International students who are either a current student with UWS, or are about to join UWS as a student.
International Student Scholarships
We have a wide range of international scholarships and full fee paying (non-EU) international students may qualify for an award of £1,500 on receipt of a completed application with associated documentation. View our International Student Scholarships.
Incentives for New Undergraduate Students who normally Live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
UWS is offering a financial support package which is available to all full-time undergraduate students starting their studies with UWS and who normally live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. This includes government support, support from UWS, and additional support from other sources that may prove beneficial. Please check the Rest of the UK website for more information.
Incentives for New Undergraduate Students who normally Live in Scotland
UWS have published a guide explaining the financial support available to all full-time undergraduate Scottish students starting their studies with UWS. This includes government support, support from UWS, and additional support from other sources that may prove beneficial. Check the Funding section of the website for more information.
External Scholarships (administered by the UWS)
There are a number of external scholarships administered by the University. Check the international scholarship section of the website for more information.
Our new internationalisation strategy focuses heavily on global citizenship to ensure students’ skills are applicable nationally and both internationally.
The University is a member of the Erasmus programme which gives students the chance to sample life in Europe or further afield as part of their studies. With 90+ Erasmus partners, the Erasmus programme offers:
Erasmus gives students the opportunity of an exciting 3–12 months exchange programme, that is normally accredited – so, while the students experiences a new culture and meets new people, the studies they undertake during the period count towards their degree at UWS.
Students can benefit from:
The University’s links with educational institutions all over Europe and beyond also mean that UWS is a thriving international student community giving it a truly international flavour.
The University encourages and develops research activity across a wide range of disciplines and it is recognised for its high quality work in subjects from Accountancy and European Studies to Gerontology and Physics.
Cementing the University’s reputation for academic achievement is the 2008 Research Exercise (RAE) it achieved ‘World-leading’ in six research areas and 'International Excellence’ in a further seven:
World-leading RAE research ratings in: Allied Health Professions and Studies; Accounting & Finance; Business & Management Studies; Social Work and Social Policy & Administration; Education; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
Internationally excellent RAE research ratings in: European Studies; Health Research Services; Physics; Metallurgy and Materials; Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences; Computer Science & Informatics; Library & Information Management.
University of the West of Scotland offers opportunities for students to gain experience of working in business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors while they study. This enables their students to gain real experience in the workplace and helps equip them with the skills they need for their future career.
This is an industrial paid placement opportunity, also known as a sandwich placement. The Schools of Engineering, Science and Computing offer this route. The Business School also offers a sandwich placement on the Accounting and Law programmes.
These are learning activities that seek to introduce real-life work into the curriculum and can take place in a variety of ways. For example a business case, project or case study that creates a simulated work setting can be carried out in the classroom. Students can also engage with employers through guest lecturers or visits to a work place. A range of work-related learning takes place across all UWS Schools.
Students in UWS’ Schools of Education; Health, Nursing and Midwifery; and those studying BA Social Work undertake practice placements which are integrated into the course. These placements are an essential part of professional recognition with the specific governing bodies.
This option involves undertaking assessed and accredited learning in a work-based environment.
This could be a part-time student using their existing job to facilitate learning, or a student on employer secondment for a period of time. Our Schools of Business, Creative and Cultural Industries, Computing, Science and Social Sciences all offer short work-based learning modules embedded within the curriculum.
The benefits of these different types of workplace experience include:
All work-based and placement learning is supported by academic staff and student support services. Students have designated Placement Co-ordinators, Academic Tutors or Education Guidance Advisers, as well as information and support from a range of student services within the Student Link, including the Careers and Employability Service and Enabling Support.
UWS students have worked with some of the leading companies at home and abroad including: Rolls Royce; Glaxo Smith Kline; Balfour Beatty; IBM; Hilton; BBC; Standard Life; Network Rail; Channel 4; Hewlett Packard; Lidl; and National Australia Bank.
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