learn new skills and develop your career with part-time study

Studying part-time at UWS lets you get ahead in your career at the same time as getting on with your life.

You can choose from a wide range of modules in a number of disciplines, working towards an undergraduate, postgraduate or postgraduate research degree.

If you want to improve your career prospects, part-time learning is a great way to increase your earning potential by developing or updating your knowledge and skills in a subject you are passionate about.

Part-time study is flexible and you can tailor your learning to fit around your lifestyle and commitments.

If you are interested in short courses, conferences, workshops, seminars and professional qualifications available at UWS please take a look at our short courses section.

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How does it work?

With part time learning you will complete modules and meet the same requirements as full-time students.

You will attend lectures and tutorials at one of our four campuses in the west of Scotland and submit coursework and sit exams alongside your full-time student colleagues.

The rest of your learning is independent, directed study which provides a lot of flexibility and means you decide when you want to study.

Part-time learning is flexible and it will be up to you how quickly you decide to complete your studies. Our education guidance advisers can help you decide how many modules/credits is right for you.

Teaching and assessment

You will attend lectures and tutorials on campus, alongside your full-time student colleagues, and complete coursework in your own time.

Coursework is submitted electronically and module exams are completed at same time as full-time students

Academic credit and awards

Modules at UWS are typically worth 20 credits each.

Full-time students normally complete six modules per year (120 credits) but this is flexible for part-time students


Part-time students typically pay tuition fees on a pro rata basis, paying up-front for each module. This helps students to spread the cost of part-time learning and allows you to control the pace of your studies.

Standard course fees (per module)

Undergraduate – £305
Postgraduate – £790

Eligible students may also be able to access discretionary funding to help with other costs such as books, travel and childcare.

Find out more about fees and funding.

With a wide range and varied choice of modules within IT offered in the evening, it was an ideal option for me as I manage to fit my studies into my busy weekly schedule.
Paul Dowd, part-time student at UWS

Funding Support for NHS Scotland Employees

As a leading provider of professional education for the health sector, UWS has Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in place with Health Boards to provide nursing and health-related modules and programmes at the University of the West of Scotland.

The costs of tuition are met by your employer. Your line manager will be required to authorise your part-time study request, and should be able to provide a Study Request Form for you to complete.

We have agreements in place with the following health boards:

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (awaiting confirmation)
  • NHS Highland (Argyll and Bute)
  • NHS Lanarkshire

View our Health-related modules

Last updated: 07/08/2017