University of the West of Scotland


UWS, one of Scotland’s largest modern universities, aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond, by providing relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful; and to create opportunities for all to participate. With campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, UWS has a distinctive and important regional role. Across the campuses we offer a wide range of academic, social and sporting facilities and deliver a range of taught courses, Postgraduate Diplomas & Masters and research degrees. The University has 6 academic schools. 


Key Numbers                                                

  • Average tuition fees - £11,220             
  • Estimated living costs - £12,200             
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.0        
  • Student satisfaction - 87
  • Employment prospects - 65.1
  • International student ratio - 8.7%



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  • The Guardian: 104
  • Complete University Guide: 100