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Put your thinking to work with a postgraduate degree from UWS

Join UWS and be part of an innovative research and knowledge exchange community that is helping to shape the world we live in.

Our Masters and Post-experience courses can accelerate your current career path or give you the chance to embark on a new one. They feature practical experience options, recognition from professional bodies, are research-driven, and are supported by subject area experts.

Our research-driven courses will encourage you to explore your interests and then apply them to the real world.
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A modern success story

UWS was founded in 2007 but can trace its origins back to 1897. Born out of the industrial revolution, for 120 years we have been helping people develop their knowledge and skills to contribute to society.

We’re one of the best performing modern universities in Scotland and ranked in the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years of age in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017.

With over 80 postgraduate courses on offer across a range of industries and specialisms, you’re sure to find the right course for the career you want at UWS.

We invest in people's potential to ensure that our graduates are ready to meet the demands of their chosen profession. 

That's why 98% our postgraduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating.

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Go further in your career

Postgraduate students at UWS work at the forefront of their academic subject and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their chosen field.

Our lecturers will support you to achieve highly-regarded postgraduate degrees at MA, MSc, MBA/MPA level, as well as our new professional doctorate (DProf) qualification.

We work with international businesses, regional enterprises, local and international education partners to ensure that UWS postgraduate tuition drives innovation and supports the future needs of society, industry and government.

This focus increases your employability and career prospects, whether you seek a career in an academic or commercial environment.

An International Community

UWS is successful in attracting students from across the globe who come to us to access world-leading education which is internationally recognised and respected.

Every year our expert academics work with around 600 postgraduate students, including more than 250 students from 25 countries across the globe. 

Our international students help to make UWS a culturally diverse and exciting place to study.
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Investing in our facilities

UWS is arranged over five campuses, each with its own individual character, architecture and social-scene. Whichever campus you choose you’ll have access to modern accommodation, varied extra-curricular activities and excellent teaching and study facilities.

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Our Scottish campuses are located within historic towns that allow easy commuting to Scotland's largest city, Glasgow and Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh.

Scotland's arts and cultural scene is second to none. With plenty of museums, art galleries, pubs, clubs and shopping, there are entertainment options for everyone. 

Our newest campus is situated in the heart of London, one of the world’s most exciting cities. The UWS London Campus offers attractive, modern facilities in close proximity to central London.

Our new Lanarkshire EcoCampus will be one of the most environmentally-friendly, dynamic and vibrant learning spaces anywhere in the UK.

We are investing millions to modernise our campus estate and provide top class study facilities for all of our students.

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Sports & social

At UWS, we have an active students’ association (SAUWS), which also runs a vibrant and diverse calendar of social events for all students during term-time.


SAUWS currently has 25 societies representing courses including Chemical Engineering, Midwifery and Zoology societies, to cultural, interest and faith-based societies.


University sport is very important to us. We are continually investing in indoor and outdoor facilities and equipment to promote new facilities and equipment, develop new and stronger clubs and respond to demand from our students.

Our sports union has 20 sports clubs ranging from keep-fit clubs to individual and team sports including athletics, cycling, golf, rugby and snowsports.

Our varsity teams regularly compete with our east-coast rival – Edinburgh Napier University – and our students are successful in national events.

Whatever your interest, joining our sports clubs and societies is a great way to meet other students and develop your extra-curricular interests.

Find out more about sports & social at UWS

Here for you when you need us

Going to university can be a life-changing experience and we want all of our students to get the very most out of their time at UWS.

That’s why we have a comprehensive range of student services to provide advice, support and guidance when you need it.

Our commitment to our students was recognised with the UWS student services team being named as ‘Student Support Team of the Year’ in the 2017 Herald Higher Education Awards.

Our campus-based student service teams provide:

  • Careers and employability guidance
  • Study skills
  • Disability services
  • Counselling
  • Funding and money advice
  • International student support

Find out more about how we support our students

“Student Services have been a fantastic help to me during my time at UWS. As a students with a disability, Student Services have always been there to help whenever I need it. I don’t think I would currently be working on my Masters degree if it wasn’t for their help.”
Stuart McCabe – Engineering and Computing graduate and MSc Mobile Web Development student

Apply to study at UWS

Applying to study at UWS is a really straightforward process. To make sure you're prepared, we've compiled applications guides for each level of study.  

Prior to beginning your application, we recommend that you read the guide relevant to you to make sure that you have everything you need and you understand the process.

Read our postgraduate application guide

Last updated: 31/05/2018