About UWS School of Engineering and Computing
The University of the West of Scotland has a long history, which has seen its School of Engineering and Computing build into an institution with an enviable research record, excellent ties to business and industry, and a strong reputation for international collaboration.
UWS School of Engineering and Computing offers masters programmes in the following subject areas:
- Computer Science (Big Data, IoT, Smart Networks, Advanced System Development)
- Information Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Material Engineering (Advanced Thin Film Technology)
Multi-million pound investment in recent years – including new laboratories, dedicated IT equipment and testing and analysis centres – means that postgraduate students choosing to study at UWS School of Engineering and Computing can expect the very best facilities to aid their studies.
Research underpins the teaching at the School of Engineering and Computing, meaning that what students learn is at the cutting edge of discovery within their field.
The school's masters programmes are designed to lead students into management positions throughout the world – currently there are UWS engineering and computing graduates in over 100 countries.
97% of UWS School of Engineering and Computing graduates would recommend the university, and 95% of postgraduate engineering and computing graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
UWS is also an Athena SWAN member, highlighting its commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).
Life at UWS
UWS is typical of the friendly and warm nature for which Scotland is famous, and has modern campuses that are relaxed and culturally diverse.
The West of Scotland offers an exciting array of entertainment, history, culture and sport, while the beautiful Scottish countryside and coastline is close by.
The University of the West of Scotland has four campuses in Scotland, in the towns of Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. These locations are spread throughout western Scotland, from picturesque Ayr on the coast to Paisley and Lanarkshire , both of which are close to Glasgow, to the town of Dumfries, almost on the English border.
There is also a London campus, close to the Southbank, which is famous for its vibrant culture.
International students at UWS
The international student population at UWS is extremely diverse – the university currently has students from a third of the globe, all of whom are attracted by the strong research ethos and cutting edge teaching at one of Scotland's most modern universities. In a student population of 16,000 around 2,000 are international students, and over 70 countries are represented.
UWS programmes provide a global outlook, preparing students for the best international career opportunities available. Study options and extra-curricular activities explicitly designed to help students develop as global citizens are available.
UWS offers plenty of support to prepare international students both for their time in the UK and for after they graduate. A dedicated team of international student advisors are on hand to make the transition to student life in Scotland as smooth as possible and can help with a variety of matters, including visas, welfare and immigration information.
Scholarships and UWS accommodation bursaries for full-fee paying international students are also available.
Here are a few other ways that UWS stands out:
Our recent successes...
- BEng Civil Engineering ranked top 5 in the UK
- Top in the UK for course, teaching and feedback satisfaction
- 100% National Student Survey score
- Top 10 amongst post-1992 universities for BEng Mechanical Engineering/Aircraft Engineering
- Rated 4-star in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2015
- Number 1 for student satisfaction in a broad range of subjects in the National Student Survey 2015, including civil and chemical engineering programmes that scored 100% overall satisfaction.
- In the 2015 International Student Barometer Survey, the School of Engineering and Computing achieved 95% satisfaction rate, one of the highest nationally.
- Much of the research output in the School of Engineering and Computing rated internationally leading in the last 2014 REF.
- 94% of UWS are in employment or further study six months after graduating
- Awarded the highest possible rating for Quality and Standards in the 2014 Enhancement-Led Institutional Review
- Winner of the National Union of Students (NUS) Green Impact Gold Award in 2015
- 90% of UWS postgraduate students would recommend to friends