University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland's largest modern universities, with four campuses in Paisley, Ayr, Lanarkshire and Dumfries. The Dumfries Campus is run in partnership with the University of Glasgow. 

The university has close links with industry and commerce which is reflected in course design and the employability of its students.

Courses and students

It teaches a wide range of courses through the following departments:

You may be able to complete part of your undergraduate course abroad, through the European Erasmus+ programme or exchange schemes with universities in the USA.

The university has around 19,900 students of whom around 3,500 are international students from across the world.

The university operates a Buddy Project on all four campuses; newly arrived students are matched with an established student to help them settle in.

Facilities and Services

The new Lanarkshire Campus opened in 2018, offering modern and innovative learning and social spaces. It is also one of the UK’s greenest education environments, with 100% windfarm-generated renewable energy and a rainwater harvesting system.

Facilities across the campuses include engineering workshops; nursing simulation wards; specialist technology labs for computing, animation and music technology; interdisciplinary science labs; and performance studios.

Each of the four campuses has a well equipped library and computer labs with free email and internet access.

The Students' Association has unions at all four campuses, with Paisley being the largest, offering a variety of entertainment and leisure opportunities. There are a range of sports facilities including gyms, sports halls, football and rugby pitches and jogging routes.


The UHI is ranked 2nd in Scotland for Celtic Studies in the Complete University Guide 2021.

In the Complete University Guide 2021, UWS is ranked 5th in the UK for Education courses.



Career Area

Performing Arts
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Contact Details


Ayr Campus

University Avenue
01292 886000

Dumfries Campus

Dudgeon House
01387 345845

Lanarkshire Campus

Hamilton International Technology Park
G72 0LH

Off campus


Paisley Campus

0141 8483000