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

Group of students, one holding a ball with their foot

Fit for a new career

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.

Read Lynn's Story
Peter Cartwright - Mental Health Nursing

Preparing for a career in care

Student Peter Cartwright had been exposed to the issue of mental health from a young age and decided this was the profession for him.

Read Peter's Story
David Brady - Integrated Health and Social Care student

Helping others achieve

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.

Read David's Story
Michael Gallacher - Smiling Male wearing tracksuit

The performance analyst

Why study sport at UWS? Michael Gallacher is the perfect person to ask that question – he’s done it twice!

Read Michael's story
Martin Perry, Team GB Para table tennis player, in action.

Tokyo 2021 Bound

BSc (Hons) Sport Development graduate and Team GB Para table tennis player, Martin Perry, prepares for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Read Martin's Story

Science (Life & Physical)

Kirsty McCallum Biomedical science student

Researching COPD

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science graduate Kirsty McCallum is carrying out PhD research to find out why chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Read Kirsty's Story
Louise Jackson - Applied Biomedical Science student working in lab

New Blood

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.

Read Louise's Story
Franklin Jacob Babu - Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation

Investigating new horizons

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.

Read Franklin's Story
Dr Andrew Fraser - Chemistry alumnus in lab

The Cure Finder

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.

Read Andrew's Story
Image of Ambulance

Siren call

UWS has welcomed its first cohort of students onto the new BSc Paramedic Science programme in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Read the students' story

Adding up to a successful career

Mature student, Matt Bradbury, is pursuing a career change; undertaking UWS’s BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education degree.

Read Matt's Story here
Cecilia Chaine

KTP success for graduate

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).

Read Cecilia's story here
Emily Moffat

Hard work pays off for Emily

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.

Read Emily's story here
Md. Rashedul Islam, Phd

Biotech Globetrotter

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...

Read Rashedul's story here

Computing & Engineering

William Taylor - student in front of Morgan stanley sign

From Games to Business

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology graduate William Taylor makes the leap from the world of computer games to banking.

Read William's Story
Katy Beckett UWS Graduate Apprentice Engineering Design & Manufacture.

Continually Improving

Katy Beckett is a Quality Supervisor who has emabarked on a UWS Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in Engineering Design & Manufacture.

Read Katy's Story
Jack Sloss - student standing in front of concrete staircase

Building a Solid Career

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate Jack Sloss turned his teenage fascination with bridges and buildings into a successful career as a civil engineer.

Read Jack's Story
Rad Lewandowski  - male student head and shoulders shot

Motoring on

Radoslaw Lewandowski has completed his Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) in IT: Software Development with Arnold Clark working in the Digital Solutions Team.

Read Radoslaw's Story
Max Blanchflower - male standing beside a red van

School to Trainee Site Engineer

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.

Read Max's Story
Shona Mccrea Graduate Apprentice - female headshot

Practical, Hands-on Career

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.

Read Shona's Story
Kirsty Smith  - female standing outside

Road to Success

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.

Read Kirsty's Story
Jennifer Kelly - software development student

UWS GAs give Jennifer vision for career boost

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.

UWS GAs give Jennifer vision for career boost

Engineering a bright future at UWS

Michael Sinclair has been with Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow for eight years and is currently employed as a Project Manager.

Read Michael's Story

Graduate Apprentice boost for Atkins

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.

Read more on this story here
Edmund Abekhe

Building a bright future at UWS

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.

Read Edmund's story here
Darryl Stevenson

Securing graduate success thanks to UWS

Darryl Stevenson secured a top graduate post with BT thanks to the University’s career-focused approach to teaching.

Read Darryl's story here
Chloe Whitfield

Getting I.T. right at UWS

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.

Read Chloe's story here
Sony Thomas

Advancing your career thanks to UWS

Sony Thomas advanced his career in computer systems thanks to the University’s accredited, MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development.

Read Sony's story here

Mastering Mobile Web at UWS

When it came to deciding where to study her Masters course UWS was an easy choice for international student, Leonie Sijtsma.

Read Leonie's story here


From Corporate Law to Teaching English

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.

Read Raghav's story here

Spreading Good Practice

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.

Read Carol's story here
Group of students in discussions

Changing Young Lives

When mature student Lisa McLaren decided to return to education, she knew what she wanted to do: help young people.

Read Lisa's story here

Business & Media

Course Search

Find your course of interest from our career-focused undergraduate, postgraduate (taught) and post-experience options.