University of the West of Scotland

Scotland, England


The University of the West of Scotland, formerly the University of Paisley, is a public university with four campuses in south-western Scotland, in the towns of Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Ayr, as well as a campus in London, England. 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 west of Scotland region.

Holding a regional reputation for vocational undergraduate and post-graduate courses the University currently has 15,955 students, with approximately 1300 staff, spread across six schools of learning. The Crichton Campus in Dumfries is maintained in partnership with a number of other institutions, including the University of Glasgow.

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 2019, UWS was ranked 114th in the same league table.

114 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
15,955 Students
Paisley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries, Ayr


3,4,5 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE, CAE, CPE, Trinity ISE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of courses
Late Application Deadline

Cost and Scholarships

£ 12,000
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



UWS Anniversary Scholarship
Total Worth £1,500
Eligibility and Requirements Open to self-funding, full-time, full fee-paying, non-EU students on degree programmes at our four Scottish Campuses (excluding DBA, MBA, Cultural Diplomacy & International Sport/International Events/International Music and research programmes)
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline December 7
Other Details Aimed at students who have achieved academic excellence, such as 65% or higher in the High School/College exams for Undergraduate applicants or 69% or higher in the undergraduate degree/diploma or equivalent for postgraduate applicants.
UWS Global Scholarships
Total Worth £1,500
Eligibility and Requirements Open to unconditional offer holders, who are self-funding, full-time, full fee-paying, non-EU students on degree programmes at our four Scottish Campuses
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Excludes applicants for the following courses: DBA, MBA, MA Cultural Diplomacy & International Sport, MA Cultural Diplomacy & International Events, MA Cultural Diplomacy & International Music, and Research (MRes, MPhil, PhD) programmes.