University of the West of Scotland

Key Information

Rank 114 Location United Kingdom Established 2007 International Students 3000
Famous Courses Masters courses, Bachelors courses, Engineering courses, Computers courses, Science courses, Humanities courses, Business courses, BSc, BBA, MBA, MBBS, MS, BE/Btech, MIM International Fees £12,600-14,100

University of the West of Scotland UK

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) combined with the University of Paisley and Bell College in August 2007, and it is based in Paisley, Hamilton, Dumfries, and Ayr, Scotland. The university's motto is "Doctrina Prosperitas," which translates to "Learning is Success." It is the largest modern university in Scotland, with 16,000 students spread across four campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton, and Paisley.

The university has six academic schools, and 84 percent of students are satisfied with their education at UWS, according to the most recent National Student Survey. Chemical, Process, and Energy Engineering, Chemistry, Cinematics & Photography, and Civil Engineering were also among the most satisfied in the Scottish industry.

The University of the West of Scotland is a vocational higher education institution with strong linkages to industry and business in Scotland. Students can choose to do a year of paid work experience as part of several degrees. An excellent teaching evaluation demonstrates that computing is a significant ability. Scotland's largest health, nursing, and midwifery school is also located at the institution. Accounting and finance research was rated world-class in recent assessments, the highest of any topic at a modern Scottish college.

The university, which has a regional reputation for vocational undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, currently has 16,105 students and about 1300 employees divided throughout six schools of learning. The University of Glasgow maintains the Crichton Campus in Dumfries in collaboration with a number of other institutions.

Services for International Students

Pre-sessional English language courses are available, and they last for 5-8 weeks before the semester begins. International Student Advisors at the University of the West of Scotland can help students with a range of issues, including visas, work in the United Kingdom, and overall well-being, as well as setting up a buddy system with current students.


  • 116th in the Times University Guide 2021
  • 120th in the Guardian University Guide 2021


On its Paisley, Ayr, and Hamilton campuses, the University of the West of Scotland has little under 1,000 residential places, while the University of Glasgow manages the Dumfries campus. Paisley's campus housing was rebuilt for £17.6 million recently. All rooms are self-contained, with first-year students being given priority.


The University of Glasgow has four campuses in Scotland's south and south-west, allowing students from all over the country to live in a stunning location. Paisley is seven miles west of Glasgow and is conveniently located for visits to some of Scotland's and the world's most attractive and historic attractions, such as Edinburgh and Stirling. The Ayr Campus is located on the west coast of Scotland, while the Dumfries Campus is located two miles from the town centre and the Hamilton Campus is located in Lanarkshire.

Paisley campus is located two miles from Glasgow International Airport and ten minutes via train from the city centre. The Hamilton campus is 15 minutes from Glasgow by train, while the Ayr campus is 40 minutes away by car or train. The Dumfries campus is accessible via bus from Dumfries city centre. Glasgow is a 5-hour rail travel from London.


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  • Gilbert Ronald Bainbridge, nuclear physicist, engineer and farmer
  • Morgan McMichaels, drag queen and contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • John Christie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • Meghan Gallacher, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Central Scotland region.
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Under graduate

  • Web & Mobile Development BSc (Hons)
  • Tourism Management BA (Hons)
  • Sport Development BSc (Hons)
  • Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)
  • Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
  • Social Work BA (Hons)

Post graduate

  • Sport Coaching MSc
  • Specialist Practitioner (District Nurse) Postgraduate Diploma
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing) Postgraduate Diploma
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) Graduate Diploma
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) Postgraduate Diploma
  • Social Work MSc

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You must have completed one year of undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and applied to study at one of our Scottish campuses.


The following dates of the session of 2021-22 have been reported by the official academic calendar uploaded on University of the West of Scotland's website.

Trimester 1  Commences (15 weeks) Monday 6th September 2021
Trimester 1 Ends Saturday 18th December 2021
Christmas Break Friday 24thDecember 2021 – Tuesday 4th January 2022
T2 commences (12 weeks) Monday 10th January 2022
Good Friday Friday 15th April 2022
Easter Monday Monday 18th April 2022
T2 ends Saturday 7th May 2022
T3 commences (15 weeks) Monday 9th May 2022
T3 ends Saturday 20th August 2022
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