University of the West of Scotland

United Kingdom


World University Rankings 2017


More about University of the West of Scotland

At University of the West of Scotland (UWS), we believe in our students’ future.

We have a proud record in delivering work-ready graduates and developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors. With our cutting-edge courses, practical knowledge, and intelligent teaching, we help our students get ahead.

Through our innovative learning partnership we invest in people’s potential to shape their future. Built on uniting students, professionals, industry and our communities, this partnership stretches from the West of Scotland around the world.

We treat our students as individuals, active partners and potential leaders in their fields and professions. We embolden them with the globally relevant knowledge, skills and confidence to think critically, to challenge received wisdom and to develop individually in their future careers


UWS is one of Scotland’s most modern and dynamic international universities, but has a heritage dating back to 1897. The innovative technologies we are developing help shape society in Scotland and throughout the world: from research in gravitational waves and 5G networking to apps for health monitoring.

We are committed to building a research culture and research environment of the highest quality, to developing collaborative partnerships and to ensuring that our research has real-world applications for industry and commerce to exploit. While our work covers an enormous breadth of interests, it is grouped into three key themes – health, society and sustainability – and we actively support and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to research.


Our courses are designed with commercial, industrial and professional partners to ensure that learning meets the demands of the world of work. From day one UWS students are preparing for their careers: our rating for professional employment is 6th highest in Scotland (DLHE survey 2014/15); our education degree ranks 7th in the UK in the Times Good University Guide 2016; and in 2015 we were recognised as the 4th most improved UK university for student experience in the THE Student Experience survey.

Our 4 West of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley are within easy reach of some of Scotland’s most amazing scenery, as well as close to the attractions of the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Our 5th UK campus, UWS London Campus, opened in 2015 in the heart of one of the world’s most bustling cities.

A wide range of career-focused Bachelors, Masters and research degrees is offered across the UWS Schools of:

UWS for imaginative, independent thinking.

Key Statistics

  • 11,593
  • 21.5
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 12%
    International Students
  • 60 : 40
    Female:Male Ratio


2015 at a glance - University of the West of Scotland

Subjects offered at University of the West of Scotland

Where We Are