Prospective Students

  • Online Application

    Applying to study with us (for any of our full time or part time postgraduate programmes such as MA, MBA or MSc; and research programmes such as MPhil, MRes, DBA and PhD) is a simple process through our Online Application Site.

    The online application system will allow you search by School, subject of interest, level of study and campus you wish to study at. Once you have selected this information you will then be able to start your application to study at UWS.

    The Admissions team aim to process postgraduate applications within 20 working days.

    Please note: this link will take you to a secure website which is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox browsers, where you will be required to register and provide application details. However, you can save your session and log back onto the site again to complete the application at your convenience.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you apply, you MUST read the Notes for applicants. This guide will explain the application process and outline exactly what is expected of you. It gives details of all documentation that is required to process your application. Note: we cannot process applications until all documentation is provided.
    • Tuition Fees
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    • English Language Requirements

      To get the best results from your studies, it is essential that you have a good command of English. All International students are required to meet English Language requirements outlined by UWS, with the exception of:

      • Native Speakers of English
      • Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise)
      • Non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (you may provide a statement from your institution confirming English language ability in place of a formal qualification)

      If you do not fit in to any of the above categories you are required to provide proof of your English language ability through a SELT (secure English language test). UWS requires an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no no component below 6.0). IELTS tests should normally be taken no more than two years before applying to UWS.

      Visit the UKVI website for full, up-to-date details of English language requirements.

    • Supporting Documents

      In addition to completing your online application it is essential that you submit the following documents:

      • Copy of your official degree certificate(s)
      • Copy of academic qualifications or certificates, showing full details of subjects studies and grades/marks obtained
      • Official English translation of the certificate(s) and transcripts(s)
      • One reference letter (one of which must be academic), on headed paper and signed by the referee
      • Evidence of your English language ability (e.g. IELTS) if your first language is not English
      • An academic transcript from your undergraduate programme (for postgraduate courses only)
      • A research proposal (for research programmes only)
      • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
      • A copy of your current Tier 4 visa (if you are currently studying in the UK)

      All undergraduate and postgraduate enquiries for International applicants or agencies:

      All enquiries relating to obtaining a CAS:

      Immigration Advice and Student Visas

    • Funding
      If you have been offered a place at UWS you can begin applying for funding. Do not wait to see if you get the results for a conditional offer, as leaving your application too late can delay your funding. If you do not receive the results you need to get in to UWS you can cancel your funding application easily.
    • Scholarships
      A range of scholarships and bursaries may be available for international students. The university offers a number of research studenships which are announced in the spring of each year; check our studentship page for more information.
  • A thriving research community

    Postgraduate Research students work at the forefront of their academic subject and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

    To be a successful researcher, you must be passionate about your subject area, with enthusiasm for research and analysis, and the motivation to manage a personal learning programme. You will have already demonstrated research aptitude in undergraduate or masters-level studies.

    Studying for a research degree (MRes, MPhil, PhD, and the taught doctorates DBA and DProf) furthers your academic development, increases your employability and career options, whether in an academic or commercial environment

    Through training courses, interdisciplinary programmes, seminars and competitions the Graduate School encourages postgraduate researchers to look beyond the boundaries of their chosen discipline and develop skills which can apply to a range of careers. Our researcher development programme (aligned to the Vitae RDF) offers year round essential research skills training and development opportunities to help students succeed with their research and prepare for their future. We cater for all levels of experience, from new to experienced pgr students, and deliver live and online training. 

    Research and enterprise activities pervade the work of the Graduate School, and the environment fosters interdisciplinary excellence providing a focus and training ground for world class multi-disciplinary research and dedicated support for our researchers. We work with global businesses, regional enterprises, local and international HEIs ensuring that UWS graduates have the skills and experience to drive innovation and support the future needs of society, industry and government.

    Explore the Research section of the website to find out more about our applied research activities, programmes of study, Graduate School and studentships.

    Application Documents:

    Notes for applicants

      IP Form

    Financial Responsibility Form

    Regulation 8 Research Degrees

  • Contact Us 

    School of Engineering & Computing, School of Business & Enterprise and School of Education:

    Linda MacDonald 
  0141 848 3635   


    School of Media, Culture & Society, School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and School of Science & Sport: 

    Margaret Docherty  0141 848 3037

    Gavin Morrison
    PGR Development & Progression Officer  

    Prof Catriona Tedford
    Head of the Graduate School

    PGR Admissions Enquiries:

    Tel: 0141 848 3359



  • Research study

     I really enjoy my research at UWS. My project involves academic research but is also commercially viable. Research is more enjoyable here as there are many projects that involve collaboration with other universities. I also benefit from the vibrant multicultural nature of the University and the friendliness of the staff.
    Bharath Kanakapura Sundararaj, Science