Career-focused Courses - Changing Lives
With over 120 years of experience, UWS offers a wide range of career-focused, industrially-relevant degree programmes. UWS is one of the UK’s most innovative modern universities, and with more than one century of academic experience and expertise, our courses prepare you for the real-world. The stories below are inspirational stories of just some of our amazing students and show how UWS has changed their lives, and can change yours.
Health & Lifestyle
When homecare worker Lynn Greenlees decided to start going to her local gym, she never imagined it would reignite her passion for exercise, and help kickstart a new career.
Student Peter Cartwright had been exposed to the issue of mental health from a young age and decided this was the profession for him.
A passion for helping young people find their own voice saw David Brady quit his Business Analyst job to return to full-time education in order to help them move ahead in their lives.
Why study sport at UWS? Michael Gallacher is the perfect person to ask that question – he’s done it twice!
Science (Life & Physical)
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate Kirsty McCallum is carrying out PhD research to find out why chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Louise Jackson was working full-time before many of her peers had even finished their training after completing the accredited BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science.
Franklin wanted to combine his interest in biology with his fascination for forensics. This led him to UWS, and its unique BSc (Hons) course in Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation.
After completing his part-time BSc (Hons) Chemistry, Andrew Fraser now works in medicinal chemistry, researching cures for neglected diseases: working on African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, among others.
UWS has welcomed its first cohort of students onto the new BSc Paramedic Science programme in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Mature student, Matt Bradbury, is pursuing a career change; undertaking UWS’s BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education degree.
Cecilia Chaine has benefited from undertaking the University’s MSc Waste & Resource Management, recently landing the post of KTP Associate in a UWS/Restructa Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Most people would think taking on a Masters workload would be quite enough for one year, but not Emily Moffat, who is graduating from our MSc Advanced Biomedical Science programme in 2021.
MSc Biotechnology graduate Dr. Md. Rashedul Islam has travelled all over the world to gain his academic awards, and it was the booming global population and subsequent demand for food, fuel, disease-free life, safer agriculture and a clean and green environment that sparked his interest in the...
Computing & Engineering
BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology graduate William Taylor makes the leap from the world of computer games to banking.
Katy Beckett is a Quality Supervisor who has emabarked on a UWS Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Engineering Design & Manufacture.
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate Jack Sloss turned his teenage fascination with bridges and buildings into a successful career as a civil engineer.
Radoslaw Lewandowski has completed his Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in IT: Software Development with Arnold Clark working in the Digital Solutions Team.
Max Blanchflower is benefiting from studying the UWS GA in Civil Engineering whilst working in a full-time post as a Trainee Site Engineer at George Leslie Ltd.
Shona McCrea is combining full-time work at Renfrewshire Council as a Trainee Technician in Environment & Infrastructure and university study a Graduate Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.
Kirsty Smith is a full-time post as Technical Officer / Engineer at Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA) who has started studying the UWS GA in Civil Engineering.
Jennifer Kelly is advancing her career at Visual Management Systems (VMS) thanks to University of the West of Scotland’s Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in IT: Software Development.
Michael Sinclair has been with Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow for eight years and is currently employed as a Project Manager.
Global engineering firm Atkins – Member of the SNC Lavalin group, is seeing the benefit of work-based learning first-hand – with five UWS Graduate Apprentices currently working from their Glasgow HQ.
Paisley-based student Edmund Abekhe is hoping to build a successful career in the engineering industry thanks to the University’s career-focused Mechanical Engineering degree.
Darryl Stevenson secured a top graduate post with BT thanks to the University’s career-focused approach to teaching.
After undertaking her first degree and deciding on a change in career path, the University’s MSc Information Technology seemed like the perfect choice to Chloe Whitfield.
Sony Thomas advanced his career in computer systems thanks to the University’s accredited, MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development.
Raghav Venkatesh was looking for a career change. In India he had completed his undergraduate degree in law and was working as a corporate lawyer there too.
Carol Munro’s career has taken a few twists and turns over the years and when she was looking for her most recent qualification, there was only one place to study – UWS.
Business & Media
Bringing success into focus
Glasgow filmmaker, Chris Bogle benefited from studying University of the West of Scotland’s popular MA Filmmaking programme, recently being selected to participate in Scottish Film Talent Network’s 2019/20 Scottish Shorts programme.Read more about Bringing success into focus Bringing success into focus
Student says action to a career in the film industry
Harvey Gardner has always dreamt of a career in the film industry and with the help of University of the West of Scotland’s MA Filmmaking programme he hopes to make this dream a reality.Read more about Student says action to a career in the film industry Student says action to a career in the film industry
French filmmaker benefits from UWS Masters degree
French filmmaker, Aislinn Belot benefited from undertaking University of the West of Scotland’s popular MA Filmmaking programme.Read more about French filmmaker benefits from UWS Masters degree French filmmaker benefits from UWS Masters degree
App's the way to do it for Heather
Heather Beattie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business, and now works at UWS as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate.Read more about App's the way to do it for Heather Read Heather's story here
My online learning experience
Rabia Arshad is a PhD student studying at the UWS London campus. She has written this blog post outlining her experiences of online learning.Read more about My online learning experience Read Rabia's story here
Find your course of interest from our career-focused undergraduate, postgraduate (taught) and post-experience options.