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Put your thinking to work

With over 120 years of experience, we offer vocationally-relevant degree courses. UWS postgraduate and post-experience (Masters) degrees are designed to create work-ready graduates and will help you develop advanced knowledge and understanding in your chosen field.

Officially recognised by Times Higher Education as being in the top 500 universities in their 2019 World University Rankings and in the top 150 universities under 50 years of age in their Young University Rankings 2018, we have a growing number of international students and partners.

As one of the UK’s most innovative modern universities, UWS has a thriving postgraduate community, and many of our students choose UWS because they know a postgraduate degree with us will help them to secure a good job, or boost their promotion prospects in their chosen industry. In designing our postgraduate courses we work with industry leaders to make sure that what we teach is relevant to the sector and provides the skills most needed by employers.

That's why 97% of our postgraduate students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating.

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Why study a Masters degree at UWS
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Postgraduate & Post-experience Prospectus 2019

Get an overview of the benefits of studying a Masters degree at UWS in our Postgraduate & Post-experience Prospectus 2020. You can download our prospectus, or refer to our online course pages for the most up-to-date details of specific courses.

Download Postgraduate & Post-experience Prospectus 2020
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CPD, Short Courses, & Modules

As Scotland’s leading career-focused university, UWS has an impressive track record working with private, public and third sector organisations to fulfil the training and development needs of their employees

Our range of flexible short courses have been developed to support continuing professional development in the workplace. Short courses will help you to gain knowledge or skills to:

  • Up-skill to become more effective in your current role or take the next step in your career;
  • Re-skill to change the direction of your career to get the job you really want.

Our short courses are delivered by experienced and knowledgeable staff in our academic schools and IT Academy.

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Life at UWS

Going to university is about much more than getting a qualification, it’s also the chance to enjoy an exciting social life, gain some independence and make the most of the new opportunities available.