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University of the West of Scotland is one of the UK’s most innovative modern universities with a heritage dating back 120 years

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Courses Starting in January 2018

UWS offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in January 2018 that are open to UK, EU and International students (non-EU). We offer:

  • Certificate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral studies in Business
  • Bachelor studies in English as a Second Language
  • Masters studies in Engineering & Computing
  • Bachelor and Masters studies in Health
  • Masters studies in Media & Culture
  • Masters studies in Science
  • Masters studies in Social Sciences
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Making a Difference

University of the West of Scotland aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the west of Scotland and beyond.

UWS is ranked by Times Higher Education in their 2018 World University Rankings as being in the top 3% of universities worldwide, and feature in the top 200 of their Young University World Rankings.

The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 ranks us as a top 100 UK university and as the highest in Scotland for both teaching quality and student experience in the following areas:

Physics & Astronomy is also ranked as highest in Scotland for teaching quality.


of UWS graduates are in work or further study research 6 months after graduating

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our ranking by Times Higher Education in their 2018 World University Rankings

University Life

Across our four campuses in the West of Scotland - in Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Ayr - and our campus in London enjoy access to a wide range of social, leisure and academic facilities to make the most of your time at UWS.

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UWS research work has a tangible, early and positive effect. The innovative technologies we are developing are helping to shape society in Scotland and throughout the world.

In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) each of our submissions were ranked as international or as world-leading. 

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UWS offers a wide range of commercialisation, consultancy and development opportunities. From specialist expertise and talent, to access to high-quality equipment and facilities, we can benefit commercial businesses, public services and third sector organisations.

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Latest News & Events


Friday 08-12-2017

Widening participation to nursing and midwifery

Measures to encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds into nursing and midwifery have been recommended, following the publication of a major review, which was chaired by Prof Paul Martin.

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Thursday 07-12-2017

The path to nursing leadership

Trudi’s relationship with UWS stretches back more than 20 years, to when she completed her BSc in Nursing at the former Bell College, now the site of our current Lanarkshire Campus.

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Wednesday 06-12-2017

Lifelong learning in the health sector

Healthcare is an industry that never stands still. And that, says Margaret Callaghan, means those who work in it can’t afford to rest on their laurels either.

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Tuesday 05-12-2017

High Levels of 'Invisible' Lung Disease

Professor John Lockhart delivered a presentation at the EU Parliament regarding a collaborative international project, which is focusing on the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD.

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Monday 04-12-2017

UWS graduate benefits from hands-on degree

UWS BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology graduate, Floyd M Chitalu has benefited from the University’s career focused approach to teaching.

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Thursday 30-11-2017

Exhibition at the QEUH set to explore solidarity

The UWS and Fablevision project, ‘Riverside Solidarity’ is set to be showcased at an exhibition, which runs from 9 December 2017 to 10 June 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).

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