Apply to UWS

  • Before you apply

    If you would like to study at University of the West of Scotland, it is easy to make an application. However first there are a few steps that you need to go through to ensure you have everything you need to make an application.

    1. Determine your course of study 

    2. Check the requirements – Academic and English language scores need to match admission requirements for your programme of choice, you can check the Entry and English Language Requirements.   

    3. Ensure you have all required documents – Documents that you can scan and upload along with your application include:


    • Qualification Certificate
      Applicants must provide Proof of a First Degree or proof of a Master’s Degree. As proof of qualifications the University will accept either a photocopy of the qualification certificate or provisional degree certificate. Proof of degree must come from the awarding body; confirmation from an associated college will not be sufficient. 

    • English Language Proficiency scores/copy of Test certificate
      See point 2 above

    • At least 1 academic reference
      You must arrange for the provision of a distinct satisfactory reference, we will accept an academic reference or one further satisfactory reference. It is your responsibility to arrange for the provision of references. References must be supplied on company/institution headed paper and bear the company/institution stamp and they must be signed by the referees.

    •  Personal Statement Guidelines

              At application stage you will be asked to provide a satisfactory statement of purpose.  We will look for you to address the below areas (if applicable).


    • Why did you choose UWS? Why have you chosen this particular campus?  (e.g. MBA at London over Hamilton) What other institutions did you consider?
    • Why did you choose your course?  Did you consider studying any other course?
    • What is the course content?  How do your studies fit into your career plans?
    • If this course is offered in your home country, why have you decided to incur extra costs travelling to the UK to live and study?  Why have you chose UK, what are the benefits to you for coming to the UK rather than stay in your home country?
    • If you have had a long break in studies, why are you returning now?
    • What are your post study plans?


    • Academic Transcripts 

    • CV 

    • Funding proof

    • Passport

    • Visa, if held 


    4. Make an application – Fill out our online application form, along with all your documents.

    5. Check all funding and scholarship opportunities – UWS often offer partial scholarships to international students.   

    6. Application Processing – As soon as we have received your application, we will notify you by email. You will then be given log-in details and a password to access our online system to track your application. 

    7. Confirm – Once the application has been processed and if it has been successful we will send you a confirmation of your offer by email, along with guidance on how to accept the offer and payment required.

    8. Prepare for your arrival – You will receive a Pre-departure guide by email to help prepare you for living and studying in Scotland.

    9. Start your new adventure with UWS!

  • Applying to UWS

    We are delighted you are thinking about applying to UWS and hope to welcome you in the near future.

    When to apply

    Please note the application & CAS deadlines for Scottish campuses 2017/18 below: 

    September entry 2017:

    Deadline for the receipt of applications is 14th August from outside of UK, 11th September in UK.

    Deadline for CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is 18th August from outside of UK, 15th September in UK.


    January entry 2018:

    Deadline for the receipt of applications is 4th December from outside of UK, 8th Jan in UK.

    Deadline for CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) is 8th December from outside of UK, 12th Jan in UK. 


    There are multiple intakes of courses at our London Campus and the deadlines dates are: 


    If applying from overseas the latest we can process your application will be 6 weeks before the course start date

    If applying from within the UK, the last date for application processing will be the course start date.



    If applying from overseas the latest we can issue your CAS will be 5 weeks before the course start date.

    If applying from within the UK, the last date for CAS issuance will be end of induction week.


    Make an Application

    From August onwards, international students interested in studying at UWS can apply for Undergraduate (Bachelor) courses or Postgraduate (Masters) courses directly via our online application system.

    Please note: this link will take you to a secure website which is best viewed in Google Chrome or Firefox browsers, where you will be required to register and provide application details.

  • After you have applied

    We are delighted that you have decided to study at UWS. You will join a large number of international students and we hope that you will have a rewarding experience, both personally and academically, during your time in Scotland.

    Before making arrangements to arrive at the university please ensure you have:

    Once you have responded to your offer letter it is important that you read our pre-departure guide, which will give you preparation and advice for arriving in Scotland and UWS.

    Here are Border Force’s top ten tips to make sure you have everything you need for a smooth arrival.

    Arriving at UWS

    Once you have arrived in Scotland, you should make your way to your UWS campus. 

    If you are an EU or non-EU student flying in to Glasgow Airport, during arrivals weekend and are studying at our Paisley, Ayr or Lanarkshire campus, you can apply for our free Meet & Greet service.  For more information please contact   

     Once you arrive at your UWS campus you will be given an arrival guide, which will include information on how to register with the police, opening a bank account, enrolment and working guidelines as a UWS student. You can collect at your UWS accommodation or if you are staying in private accommodation, you can download a copy of the arrival guide by visiting the International Student Support section.   

    For more information on studying in Scotland as an International student please visit UKCISA.

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