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Studying here

UWS is Scotland's largest modern university but has origins dating back to over 100 years ago. With campuses across the West of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, the University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education. 


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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Fees & entry requirements

Tuition Fees

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.

Entry Requirements

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

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Scholarships, Bursaries and Incentive schemes

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. 

 

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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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Contact us

University of the West of Scotland

Ayr Campus

University Avenue

Ayr

KA8 0SX

Tel: 01292886000

Outwith UK Tel: +441292886000

 

University of the West of Scotland

Dumfries Campus

Dudgeon House

Dumfries

DG1 4ZN

Tel: 01387345801

Outwith UK Tel: +441387345801

 

University of the West of Scotland

Hamilton Campus

Almada Street

Hamilton

ML3 0JB

Tel: 01698283100

Outwith UK Tel: +4416983100

 

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley Campus

Paisley

PA2BE

Tel: 01418 843000

Outwith UK Tel: +441418 843000

 

Contact us

For study option enquiries please contact: uni-direct@uws.ac.uk

For information regarding English language requirements, visa application process, in-market events etc. please contact international@uws.ac.uk

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Key facts & figures

  • The 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) awarded their highest rating possible of ‘world-leading’ to six UWS research areas and ‘International Excellence’ in a further seven: i. 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 ii. 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
  • Currently undertaking a £200 million + investment programme across all campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley which has included a new £81 million campus at Ayr and £13.2 million student accommodation at Paisley.
  • Currently have around 1400 international students.
  • The first UK university to be accredited by Microsoft, Adobe and Cisco
  • The first Scottish university to receive a UNICEF Baby Friendly award for a public health nursing programme

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University of the West of Scotland
Paisley Campus
Paisley
PA1 2BE

Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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Paisley Campus
Paisley
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Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 7044

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