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Practical experience to meet the sector's challenges

You’ll put your skills to the test in our industry-standard facilities and have opportunities for practical training, project work and placement at home or abroad to give you a practical insight into industry, while enhancing your career prospects.

About the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences

With over 100 years' experience in training engineers and science professionals, we offer vocationally-relevant courses.

Our engineering courses are designed to take into account and anticipate industry needs; their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities; and our programmes are strongly aligned to industry, professional bodies and other institutions.

Our computing courses are developed in line with industry needs and we teach tomorrow’s technologies today – giving you a platform to launch or progress your career in this fast-changing industry. We offer access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in-demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft.

Our physical sciences courses are designed around industry needs. UWS graduates can be found in leading positions in companies such as BAE Systems, Fujitsu, Motorola, Nikon, GSK, Sellafield Ltd and Scottish Biomedical. 

A number of the School's courses have been top-rated in Scotland for Teaching Quality and Student Experience (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).


of all UWS students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2016/17)

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student satisfaction for the School’s undergraduate courses. (iGraduate Survey 2018)

Undergraduate (Bachelor) Courses

We are one of the leading players in computing, engineering and the physical sciences with extensive expertise in research and development and collaborative working relationships with multinational companies such as IBM, NASA, Rolls Royce, BAe Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Barr Construction, Arup, BP Oils Ltd., CERN and Network Rail.

Professional Recognition & Real-world Experience

Almost all of our BEng courses are professionally recognised by professional bodies including: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Chemical Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Many of our computing courses are professionslly recognised by the British Computer Society. Our Physics courses are recognised by Institute of Physics and our Chemistry and Forensics courses are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our BSc degrees in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics with Education are also recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

With placement opportunities at home or abroad, our contemporary computing, engineering and physical sciences degrees will prepare you for the real-world.

Computing degrees

Developed in partnership with industry, our courses offer practical experience and most are recognised by professional bodies, including the British Computer Society. We offer a wide range of computing-related degree courses:

BSc (Hons) Business Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Animation Arts

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development

BSc (Hons) Computer Networking

BSc (Hons) Computing Science

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons) Cyber Security

BSc (Hons) Music Technology

BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development

Engineering degrees

Physical Sciences degrees

Postgraduate (Masters) Courses

Our School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences offers a diverse range of career-focused postgraduate courses, which benefit from the School’s strong industrial links.

Build upon your previous computing, engineering or science qualifications with a Masters that will enhance your career prospects and further your knowledge.

We also offer research degree (MRes, MPhil, PhD) opportunities through our applied research focused centres of excellence.

Computing Masters

Our postgraduate study options in computing are career-focused and professionally-recognised and will help prepare for a career in one of the fastest changing industries. Our research-informed computing Masters degree courses include:

MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development

MSc Advanced Computing

MSc Big Data

MSc Cyber Security

MSc Digital Health  

MSc Information Technology

MSc Internet of Things

MSc Mobile Web Development

Engineering Masters

Our postgraduate study options in engineering are supported by industry-standard facilities, strong links to industry, professional bodies and informed by world-leading research. We offer a wide range of career-focused and professionally-recognised engineering Masters degree courses:

MSc Chemical Engineering

MSc Civil Engineering

MSc Mechanical Engineering

MSc Project Management

MSc Project Management (International)

MSc Quality Management

MSc Quality Management (International)

Physical Sciences Masters

Our postgraduate options for physical sciences include:

MSc Advanced Thin Film Technologies

MSc Waste & Resource Management

Thin Film lab equipment


Staff in the School of Computing, Engineering, and Physical Sciences are working in a diverse range of research areas from fundamental science to industrial applications. You can join one of our research groups as a PhD student, where you will work at the cutting-edge of the subject and you will contribute to the advancement of knowledge. 

Click below for more information and an overview of our PhD projects:

School's PhD Projects


The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences is home to leading international centres of research. We are proud to be committed to solving many of the challenging problems facing society today and our research has real impact in changing people’s lives. 

Our international experts work on a wide range of research projects ranging from thin film sensors to tackle to Covid-29 pandemic to 5G and 6G developments, artificial intelligence and machine-learning used by the police saving lives.   

Working in Partnership 

Much of our research involves collaboration and partnership with industry and other organisations. With the highest number of KTPs in Scotland, our researchers are committed to creating business solutions.  For more information click here 

Our Facilities 

Our modern laboratories are equipped with advanced equipment which cover testing of materials, analysis of complex chemicals to the developing and production of thin film devices. For more information see below. 

Chris Burns, MSc Information Technology Graduate Course Testimony Picture | UWS

Don't take our word for it

The programme was broad which allowed me to choose an area of specialisation, so I decided to select software development. Another benefit was that the University had a tie-in with Microsoft which allowed me to access free development environments.

Chris Burns, MSc Information Technology graduate, working as a Graduate Software Developer with Aggreko

Implementing Europe's 5G mobile network

Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.

UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.

”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.”


UWS Students Enjoying Freshers’ Week | UWS | University of the West of Scotland


As part of our internationalisation activities, the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences students spent time at partner institution, University of South China (USC) in Hengyang, Hunan Province, China, on a two-week field course in summer 2016. Students had an invaluable opportunity to take part in Chinese lessons and cultural shows, visited construction projects and software companies, and got involved in a range of recreational activities with USC students. Our long-standing partnership work in China also includes collaboration on programme delivery with Changchun Institute of Technology.

Information for International Students

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