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Studying here

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. 


Academic Schools

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:

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Undergraduate

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. 

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Postgraduate taught

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.

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International partnerships

Our new internationalisation strategy focuses heavily on global citizenship to ensure students’ skills are applicable nationally and both internationally.

Erasmus programme

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:

  • a grant for all eligible students
  • travel opportunities throughout Europe
  • a fun, challenging experience
  • no fees paid to host institution
  • academic credits

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:

  • gaining a new perspective on their subject
  • developing the confidence to live in another country
  • new or improved language skills
  • transferable employment skills
  • an impressive addition to their CV
  • forming an international network of friends

International community

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.

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Research strengths

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 

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Employability

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.

Placement

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.

Work-related Learning

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.

Practice Placements

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.

Work-based Learning

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:

  • boosting confidence
  • improves commercial awareness and business acumen
  • builds people skills such as communication, problem-solving, team work and self management
  • improves knowledge about your skills, strengths and abilities
  • opportunity to network and build up industry contacts
  • turns students’ theoretical knowledge into practical experience

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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Key facts & figures

  • UWS was recognised by Times Higher Education as being ranked in the 501-600 categor yof their 2018 World University Rankings, putting us in the top 3% of universities worldwide. In 2017, Times Higher Education also ranked UWS as being in the world's top 200 universities under 50 years of age.
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Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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