On 1st August 2007, the University of Paisley and Bell College merged to create Scotland’s biggest modern university with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. With almost 20,000 students and just under 2,000 staff, the University is unique in its geographical coverage across the West of Scotland. The University’s vision is to be a University of choice in all that it does. UWS will make a full contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland and beyond.


UWS has wide range of academic, social and sporting facilities Friendly campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley Extensive range of programmes from degree and certificate level to MSc Courses in business, computing, engineering and science, media, language and music, health, nursing and midwifery, social sciences and education.

Scotland is described as 'the land of opportunity'. With a population of over 5 million people, Scotland has a highly skilled workforce and holds an enviable reputation in the fields of engineering, business and the development of innovative technologies. The Scottish people are warm and friendly and have a history and culture steeped in tradition coupled with a cosmopolitan outlook to life. The country encompasses a varied landscape with magnificent unspoilt scenery and picturesque countryside. The strength of the partnership between the University and industry allows us to offer the most relevant, flexible and practical courses to students in the development of their learning.


The University is committed to providing students with the best possible facilities to support them in their studies. Each of our campuses boasts a well-stocked library plus computer laboratories with free e-mail and web access. Across the full range of subjects, specialised facilities and equipment enable students to develop their skills and gain practical experience to supplement their theoretical knowledge. The necessities of life are looked after by our accommodation and catering services, while the Students' Association and Robertson Trust Sports Centre offer plenty of entertainment and leisure opportunities.

Background and experiences differ – that’s why we’re here to support you every step of the way. We want you to get the very best out of the years you spend with us, which is why we have a comprehensive range of services designed to support students of all backgrounds, nationalities and study levels, both in and out of the lecture room to help you make the move from school, home or work to University. We offer a range of services across all four campuses that have a single focus – you.


Scotland is a financial, commercial and tourist centre, and is one of the liveliest and most stylish cities in the UK. Students can enjoy some of the most exciting arts and cultural events in the world, and scotland is identified with innovative architecture and design. Living and studying in Scotland is a unique experience. UWS has many individual services to help students in every spet during their stay at the universities like, finance and advice service – help with funding and scholarships; advocacy and negotiation with external agencies; money management; housing and benefit issues counselling – talk in confidence about any issues that affect you advice on balancing everyday life with study help with finding part-time/summer work to boost your income Careers Service – help throughout your time at University, including choosing your course, CV/interview advice, and much more

Courses Offered

Postgraduate Courses

  • Advanced Computer Systems Development
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Careers Guidance and Development
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Drug Design and Discovery
  • Information Technology
  • International Financial Management
  • International Management
  • International Marketing Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Multimedia and Web Authoring
  • Music: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Quality Management
  • Sensor Design
  • Waste with Environmental Management

Undergraduage Courses

  • Accounting
  • Adult Nursing
  • Aircraft Engineering
  • Applied Bioscience
  • Applied Bioscience and Psychology
  • Applied Bioscience and Zoology
  • Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Science
  • Biomedical Science / Applied Biomedical Science
  • Broadcast Production
  • Business Analysis (3rd Year entry)
  • Business Joint & Minor degree options
  • Business Studies
  • Business Study at Dumfries Campus
  • Business Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commercial Music
  • Commercial Sound Production
  • Computer Animation (with options in Digital Art/Games Development/Multimedia)
  • Computer Games Development
  • Computer Games Technology
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Networking (Advanced Entry: Year 3)
  • Computer-Aided Design (Advanced Entry: Year 3)
  • Computing
  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Contemporary Screen Acting
  • Creative Industries Practice*
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Art
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Event Management
  • Event Management and Tourism
  • Exercise & Health
  • Film-making & Screen Writing
  • Forensic Science
  • General Science
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Hospitality Management (3rd Year entry)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Public Services
  • International Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Language Options (Minor)
  • Languages: French, Spanish, German* (Advanced Entry)
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Motorsport Design Engineering
  • Multimedia Technology
  • Music Technology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physics with Nuclear Technology
  • Politics
  • Primary Education
  • Product Design & Development
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology (BSc)*
  • Science
  • Social Policy
  • Social Sciences with Options
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport Development
  • Sports Journalism
  • Tourism (3rd Year entry)
  • Web Developmen