University of the West of Scotland

UWS is a university operating from four campuses in south-western Scotland, in the towns of Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries and Ayr. The present institution dates from August 2007, following the merger of the University of Paisley with Bell College, Hamilton. It can trace its roots to the late 19th century, and has undergone numerous name changes and mergers over the last century, reflecting its gradual expansion throughout the region.

  • Average Tuition GBP 12,300
  • Acceptance Rate 23%
  • Students 15,280
  • International Students 8%
  • Total Annual Cost GBP 12,199
  • Campus Setting Residential

School Description

Holding a regional reputation for vocational undergraduate and post-graduate courses the UWS currently has 15,280 students, with approximately 1300 staff, spread across six schools of learning.

  • 0194% of UWS graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating
  • 02100% Student Satisfaction for a range of courses, including; Aircraft Engineering, Forensic Science, Community Education, Midwifery & Sport & Exercise Science
  • 03Student Support Team & Research Project of the Year winners (The Herald Higher Education Awards 2017)

Bachelor Programs

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Adult Nursing

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses, injuries, and other disorders of the human body. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, examination and diagnosis, patient communications, medical ethics and law, professional standards, and rotations in specialties such as internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, clinical pathology, anesthesiology, family medicine, and psychiatry.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Aircraft Engineering

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing, manufacturing and testing aircraft, spacecraft and their systems. Includes instruction in aircraft/spacecraft systems technology, design and development testing, prototype and operational testing, inspection and maintenance procedures, instrument calibration, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Applied Bioscience

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general, program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. Includes instruction in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Applied Bioscience and Zoology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    An integrated program of study in one or more of the veterinary medical or clinical sciences or a program undifferentiated as to title.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology and autopsy procedures, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology, document analysis, witness and suspect examination procedures, applicable law and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Biomedical Science - Applied Biomedical Science

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general, program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. Includes instruction in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Broadcast Production TV and Radio

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on how messages in various media are produced, used, and interpreted within and across different contexts, channels, and cultures, and that prepare individuals to apply communication knowledge and skills professionally.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Business

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Business & Finance

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Business and English Language

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Business and Human Resource Management

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labor relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources law and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Business Technology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Chemical Engineering

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems employing chemical processes, such as chemical reactors, kinetic systems, electrochemical systems, energy conservation processes, heat and mass transfer systems, and separation processes; and the applied analysis of chemical problems such as corrosion, particle abrasion, energy loss, pollution, and fluid mechanics.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Chemistry

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Childhood Practice (PT)

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Civil Engineering

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Commercial Music

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Commercial Sound Production

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Community Education

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Computer Animation (with option in Digital Art)

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the use of computerized digital images as the primary medium of expression in the visual and performing arts, and that may prepare individuals for a wide variety of careers using new media, including graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics, 3D visualization, game and interactive media design, music and sound design, video production, web design, photography, and other fields.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Computer Games Development

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Computer Games Technology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Computer Networking

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Computer Science

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Criminal Justice

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Education

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Environmental Health

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Events Management

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Filmmaking and Screen Writing

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Forensic Science

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the application of the physical, biomedical, and social sciences to the analysis and evaluation of physical evidence, human testimony and criminal suspects. Includes instruction in forensic medicine, forensic dentistry, anthropology, psychology, entomology, pathology, forensic laboratory technology and autopsy procedures, DNA and blood pattern analysis, crime scene analysis, crime scene photography, fingerprint technology, document analysis, witness and suspect examination procedures, applicable law and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Human Resource Management

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labor relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources law and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Journalism (with option in Sport)

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Law

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Law and Business

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals for the legal profession, for related support professions and professional legal research, and focus on the study of legal issues in non-professional programs.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Legal Studies

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals for the legal profession, for related support professions and professional legal research, and focus on the study of legal issues in non-professional programs.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Marketing

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Mechanical Engineering

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end-product systems used for specific uses, including machine tools, jigs and other manufacturing equipment; stationary power units and appliances; engines; self-propelled vehicles; housings and containers; hydraulic and electric systems for controlling movement; and the integration of computers and remote control with operating systems.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Mental Health Nursing

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals to practice as licensed professionals and assistants in the health care professions and related clinical sciences and administrative and support services.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Midwifery

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Music Technology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This program gives you the knowledge and practical skills to work in technology related jobs in the music industry, including studio engineer, sound recordist and broadcast engineer.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Occupational Safety and Health

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Pharmacy Science and Health

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent or employed practice of preparing and dispensing drugs and medications in consultation with prescribing physicians and other health care professionals, and for managing pharmacy practices and counseling patients. Includes instruction in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacognosy, pharmacy practice, pharmacy administration, applicable regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Physics

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Physics with Nuclear Technology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Product Design & Development

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific and mathematical principles to the design, development, and implementation of manufacturing systems. Includes instruction in materials science and engineering, manufacturing processes, process engineering, assembly and product engineering, manufacturing systems design, and manufacturing competitiveness.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Psychology

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Social Science

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Social Work

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Society, Politics and Policy

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Sport and Exercise Science

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the rules and techniques of participation and skill building in competitive physical activities, as well as non-competitive physical fitness programs. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Sport Coaching

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the principles and practices of managing parks and other recreational and fitness facilities; providing recreational, leisure and fitness services; and the study of human fitness.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Sport Development

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the rules and techniques of participation and skill building in competitive physical activities, as well as non-competitive physical fitness programs. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

  • Almada St, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire ML3 0JB, United Kingdom

    Web and Mobile Development

    GBP 12,300 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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Rankings

  • Complete University Guide (UK)
    Complete University Guide (UK) 114
  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 593
  • The Guardian
    The Guardian 114
  • Times World University Rankings
    Times World University Rankings 600

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00

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    Established in 1897

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    The university's highest ever ranking for UK Institutions came in 2009 when the Complete Universities Guide placed UWS 62 out of 113 universities. In 2015, UWS was ranked 118th out of 126 universities in the same league table.

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          • Testimony
            2008-2010, Master's Degree

            Stay in UWS for 2 years. Great experiences! The teachers were so helpful and very kind. The classroom, the library, the computer room, many many places in deep memery. One day, I will take my family back this wonderful place, tell them I use to study here.

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            2013-2015, BA Hons

            It has taught me the value of human resources, and given me knowledge of which i can use to pursue my career ambitions to become a human resource director.

          • Testimony
            2008-2012, Bachelor of Arts

            As both a graduate and student of the University of the West of Scotland, the university's openness and flexibility in delivering courses has been refreshing. The willingness within the last year towards projecting sports and leisure activities during Wednesday afternoons has quietly made this university a sleeping giant in academic and sporting excellence.