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With around 19,000 students, from over 140 countries around the world, the University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. Each year, around 600 postgraduate students choose to study at UWS.   

The location of their west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley means that they are the local university for over 30% of the population of central Scotland. However, their growing national and international reach saw them open their 5th UK campus  in 2015, close to the centre of London to bring UWS qualifications to a new market.

UWS have a proud record in delivering work-ready graduates and postgraduates and in developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors. The University has around 130 European partners and an increasing number of transnational education agreements for programme delivery across the world.

With cutting-edge courses, practical knowledge, and intelligent teaching, they help students get ahead. They offer more than 80 postgraduate courses across a range of career-focused specialisms through their six academic schools:

  • School of Business and Enterprise
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Computing
  • School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Media, Culture and Society
  • School of Science and Sport

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About the University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the country’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond. Its 6 academic schools deliver a range of career-focused and professionally recognised masters qualifications.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2018

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2018

This University

38% Part Time
62% Full Time

All universities (avg)

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2018


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2018

12,995 Undergraduate
2,565 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2018


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