Top 3 reasons to study here

  • The University occupies an integral position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education.
  • The University is delighted with the extremely positive ratings it received in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are committed to the advancement of a research culture and research environment of the highest quality.



UWS is one of Scotland's most innovative modern universities, and equally has a heritage dating back to 1897 and a long-standing tradition of industry collaboration. UWS has four campuses in the West of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley, plus a new campus in central London which opened in 2015.


Study in Scotland and choose from a wide range of undergraduate (Bachelor) and postgraduate (Masters) courses with both part-time and full-time study options.


UWS researchers are making a real difference, developing innovative technologies and shaping our society.

Applied research is a particular strength of our research community, who are working with government, industry and partner organisations to tackle a wide range of exciting and diverse issues critical to improving lives and creating a more equal society in our region and beyond. Our research informs teaching and learning to enrich our students’ experience.


At University of the West of Scotland we are committed to giving you the best career help possible to provide you with accurate and up to date information and to support you in your decision making. Our services include advice and support on career planning, graduate recruitment, placement, part-time work, summer jobs and volunteering.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (12)
Engineering & Technology (8)
Medicine & Health (8)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (6)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Humanities (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Education & Training (1)
Social Sciences (1)


Student services

UWS offers a wealth of support for our students - whether it's funding advice, study support or wellbeing, you will find the help you need, and the right people to speak to here.

Help and advice is available on all aspects of life at UWS, from funding and counselling, to support on developing your future career, and in the library.

As an international student at UWS we recognise that you will have specific support needs and so we have dedicated International Student Advisers who are there to help with issues relating to student visas, immigration advice, advice on working in the UK, letters for relatives’ visits, financial queries, welfare and health benefits and your general welfare.

Housing services

Whether you choose a modern en-suite or studio flat at our recently opened Ayr Campus, one of our private flats in the picturesque town of Dumfries, take advantage of the new £13.2million student accommodation which opened at Paisley in September 2012 or simply want to be at the heart of campus life in Hamilton, there’s never been a better time to stay in our student residences. With accommodation starting from just £85 per week, UWS accommodation is an affordable choice.

Library services

UWS Libraries

  • Ayr Campus
  • Dumfries Campus
  • Lanarkshire Campus
  • Paisley Campus

ICT services

Information, Technology & Digital Services (ITDS) cover a wide range of areas such as your student email, virtual learning environment (VLE), wireless access and your home drive.

Medical services

The Health and Safety Services Department is based in the Richardson Building on the Paisley Campus and provides services to all staff and students. We develop the University’s Health and Safety Policy and monitor all aspects of Health and Safety.

Student Life

Campus life

UWS incorporates four distinctive campuses in the west and south-west of Scotland: Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley; each town has its own individual character, architecture and social-scene and all are within easy reach of some of Scotland’s most striking landscapes and scenery. UWS London Campus is close to the centre of the UK capital and to all the attractions of this bustling city.

Sports facilities

The University encourages students to be as active as possible and provides all the facilities you’ll need to lead a sporting life.

As well as the University’s sports provision, the West of Scotland is blessed with an extensive range of recreational amenities, including world-class mountain biking, sailing, golf, swimming and horse-riding facilities.

Student clubs

Your union is run by the Students’ Association (SAUWS) for students, by students. It provides a wide range of services and is the collective voice for our student population and the recognised channel of communication between students and the University.

  • Ayr Union
  • Dumfries - CUCSA
  • Hamilton Union
  • Paisley Union

Hamilton, Scotland, United Kingdom

Other Degrees

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