University of the West of Scotland

Why Study Here?

  • A five-campus university, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley and a new campus in London.
  • Six academic schools offering undergraduate, postgraduate and research study.
  • Career-focused programmes, designed in partnership with business and industry, with professional recognition and practical experience options.
  • 94% of UWS graduates in work or further study six months after graduating.
  • Top in the UK for student satisfaction in a range of subjects in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • 4* rating in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2015.
  • World-leading and internationally excellent research (Research Exercise Framework 2014).
  • Awarded highest possible rating for quality and standards in the 2014 Enhancement-Led Institutional Review.
  • Our Students' Association SAUWS won NUS Scotland’s HE Students’ Association of the Year award in 2016.
  • Excellent travel links from across the UK and further afield.
  • Organisations for international students.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • For the majority of courses, UWS requires an IELTS of 6.0 with no component less than 5.5.
  • However, some courses such as nursing may require higher IELTS score of 7.0.
  • UWS offer English language courses for students looking to gain a higher level of English before progressing onto a degree programme.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £11,220 £11,220
Mixed £11,220 £11,220
Laboratory £11,220 £11,220
Clinical £11,220 £11,220

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • International Scholarship £2,000 (UG and PG, all intakes)
  • Merit Based Scholarship £1,500 (UG and PG, all intakes)
  • International Research Excellence £3,500 PhD (all intakes)
  • International Accommodation £1,000 (UG and PG, all intakes)

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Students will receive a pre-departure guide by email to help prepare them for living and studying in Scotland.

Accommodation for International Students

  • UWS accommodation is an affordable and great way for international students to meet new people, make new friends, and gain some independence.