University of the West of Scotland


Established in 2007, the University of the West of Scotland was formed after the merger of Bell College, Hamilton with the University of Paisley. The university is situated in Scotland and has four campuses. These are located in the following towns – Paisley, Dumfries, Ayr, and Lanarkshire. They also have a campus in London. All of their campuses are equivalent in relation to their infrastructure and learning environment. Ayr Campus has all essential facilities – classrooms, lecture halls, library, studios, gymnasium, and laboratories.  

Paisley Campus offers many facilities including skill labs. Lanarkshire Campus has health and fitness facilities, a gym, executive boardroom, conference space, auditorium, nursing and midwifery laboratories, computing facilities, and library. Dumfries Campus operates across five buildings and comprises four University of the West of Scotland schools, offering basic facilities such as catering, computing, library, lecture halls, and classrooms. The London campus is in the process of being relocated.  

Postgraduate Programs They Run 

The University of the West of Scotland provides numerous postgraduate programs. Their programs cover topics such as finance, psychology, nursing, computer science, data, journalism, mentoring, behavioural therapy, and more. Some of the award classifications their postgraduate programs offer include Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Master of Science (MSc), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), and more. Most courses can be taken full-time or part-time with some offer fully flexible online learning.  

Admissions Process 

All prospective EU and UK full-time undergraduate students should apply through the UCAS if they are not applying through a partner or agent. You can do this by visiting the UCAS website and registering. Then, once you have registered, you will be able to apply for your chosen course(s). Be sure to fill out the application in its entirety and that you have listed the correct institution and course codes. You can easily find these on the University of the West of Scotland website. With the UCAS application, you can save your progress and come back at any time.  

Once you have sent off your application, you will hear back from the university in the coming weeks. Postgraduate candidates can apply directly through the University of the West of Scotland’s online application system. You will need a number of things to accompany your application. These include a copy of your academic transcript, your degree certificate, an English language proficiency test certificate (if this is not your native language), and references. Once you have filled out and sent off your application, the university will contact you and let you know whether they would like to offer you a place.  


Each of the University of the West of Scotland campuses has a choice of accommodation on offer for students. A range of self-catered accommodation is available at their campuses in Paisley and Ayr in the form of studios and flats. They all offer a friendly and safe environment in close proximity to main campus buildings and a short walk from local amenities. Prices vary but you can expect your room to contain a bed frame and mattress, a workspace with a desk, chair and sockets, and wardrobe and storage space.  

You may have an en-suite shower room or have to share a bathroom with other residents. You will likely have to share a kitchen and a common room. Students have access to on-site laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. Contents insurance and utilities are included in the rent prices also. You can apply for accommodation at the University of the West of Scotland on their website. If you have any questions regarding student accommodation, email or phone +44 (0)141 848 3159 

Scholarships and Financial Support 

The University of the West of Scotland has a number of scholarships available for Scottish students, UK and Irish students, and international students. Some of these scholarships include the UWS Sports Scholarship, the UWS Undergraduate Honours Year Scholarship, the UWS Undergraduate Merit Bursary, and the UWS Global Scholarships. Some of these scholarships award up to £1500. You can find out more about each of the scholarships on the University of the West of Scotland’s website. Here you will see all the entry requirements and how to apply.  

Contact Info 

For general enquiries, email or phone 0800 027 1000 

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