University of the West of Scotland

UWS Logo The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the largest modern new university in Scotland with 18,000 students, dates its beginnings back to 1897. Once the University of Paisley, UWS grew in 2007 to four campuses, each with its practice based area of speciality: Paisley, (one commuter stop from Glasgow), Ayr, (by the sea) Hamilton (urban) and Dumfries (on 80 countryside acres). They comprise a £200 million investment in facilities to serve the community and the world.

You will be assured unique and practical courses to equip you for the workforce, many carrying professional status. UWS’ Creative Industries School has t.v studios better than the BBC’s (according to the BBC),  you can connect worldwide to other MBA students with the new UWS Online World or engineer a race car, for example.

Undergrad Honours Duration: generally if you are an international student with a second class honours, you can complete your undergraduate honours degree in three years.  Please contact us for specifics.

Graduate Master degrees duration are usually one year full time in duration, with flexible entry requirements.

Why Choose University of the West of Scotland
Course List & Programs
Student Profiles
Employment & Practical Experience
Finances & Fees
Entrance Requirements


Why Study at the University of the West of Scotland

  • National Graduate Survey 2013 – 93% overall satisfaction, with 100%  graduate satisfaction in Business
  • First UK University accredited by Microsoft, Adobe & CISCO
  • National Student Survey 2012  – Civil Engineering, Midwifery, Marketing & Journalism programmes top in Scotland for student satisfaction
  • Education ranked in UK top 10 programmes
  • First UK university to have its Midwifery & Public Health Nursing programmes accredited by UNICEF
  • World leading and internationally excellent research across 13 subjects in 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • Number 2 in Scotland in Industry Knowledge Transfer Programme, important to your employability
    • Many UWS courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving you a degree and a professional qualification at the same time
    • UWS courses are developed in partnership with business and industry making them highly relevant to today’s labour market
    • More than 90% of UWS graduates are employed in their chosen field within 12 months of graduation
    • Affordable: compare the cost of your fees & cost of living with elsewhere in the UK
    • Spectacular new student accommodation
    • Welcoming communities

  • Course List & Programs
  • Subjects are taught at specific campuses. Please contact us to find out which is taught where. Some like the MBA is OnLine as well as Classroom. Contact us for those, too.



  • Accounting (BAcc/BAcc Hons)
  • Applied Enterprise (Creative Industires) (BA)
  • Applied Enterprise (Lifestyle & Wellbeing)
  • Business  - (BA / BA (Hons)
  • Business and English Language (BA)
  • Events Management – (BA/ BA Hons)
  • Human Resource Management (BA/BA Hons)
  • International Finance and accounting (BA)
  • Law and Business (BA/BA Hons)
  • Marketing (BA/BA Hons)
  • Retail Management (BA/BA Hons)
  • Tourism Management (BA/BA Hons)


  • International Financial Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • International Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • International Marketing Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • Managment and New Technology (PgDip/MSc)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)*
  • MBA Top Up*
  • *(please scroll down, offered also in Malaysia)



  • Business Technology (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Animation (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Animation with Digital Art (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Games Development (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Games Technology (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Networking (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computing (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Information Technology (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Music Technology (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Web and Mobile Development (BSc/BSc Hons)


  • Advanced Computer Systems Development (PgDip/MSc)
  • Enterprise Sofftware Systmes  (PgDip/MSc)
  • Information Technology (PgDip/MSc)
  • Mobile Web Development (PgDip/MSc)

Creative and Cultural Industries


  • Broadcast Production (BA/BA Hons)
  • Commercial Music (BA/BA Hons)
  • Contemporary Screen Acting (BA/BA Hons)
  • Digital Art (BA/BA Hons)
  • Film-making and Screen-writing (BA/BA Hons)
  • Journalism (BA/BA Hons)
  • Performance (BA ?BA Hons)
  • Sports Journalism BA / BA Hons)


  • Broadcast Journalism (PgDip/MA)
  • Creative Media Practice (PgDip/MA)
  • Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PgDip?MA)
  • Songwriting and Performance (PgDip/MA)



  • Childhood Studies (BA)
  • Community Learning and Participation ( BA/BA Hons)
  • Education (BA Hons)


  • Primary (PGDE)
  • Secondary (PGDE)
  • Education

Please call for our offering in Continuing Professional Development for Teachers conducted on line and in classroom




  • Chemical Engineering (BEng Hons)
  • Chemical Engineering (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Computer Aided Design (BSc/BSc Hons)


  • Engineering Management (BEng/BBEng Hons)
  • Mechanical Engineering  (BEng/BBEng Hons)
  • Mechantronics (BEng)
  • Mototsport Design Engineering (BEng/BBEng Hons)


  • Product Design and Developement (BEng/BBEng Hon)




  • Computer Aided Engineering (PgDip/MSc)

  • Sensor Design (PgDip/MSc)

Health, Nursing and Midwifery

  • Adult Nursing/Mental Health Nursing (MSc)



  • Applied Bioscience (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation (BSc / BSc Hons)
  • Biomedical Science and Zoology (BSc / BSc Hons)
  • Biomedical Science / Applied Biomedical Science (BSc / BSc Hons)
  • Chemistry (BSc/ BSc Hons)
  • Environmental Health (BSc /BSc Hons)
  • Forensic Science (BSc/ BSc Hons)
  • Occupational Safety and Health (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Physics (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Physics with Nuclear Technology (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Psychology (BSc/BSc Hons)


  • Advanced Biomedical Science    (PgDip/MSc)
  • Biotechnology (PgDip/MSc)
  • Drug Design and Discovery (PgDip/MSc)
  • Project Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • Quality Management (PgDip/MSc)
  • Waste and Clean Technologies (PgDip/MSc)

Social Sciences


  • Criminal Justice ( BA/BA Hons)
  • Politics (BA/BA Hons)
  • Psychology (BA/BA Hons)
  • Social Policy (BA/BA Hons)
  • Sociology (BA/BA Hons)
  • Social Work (BA/BA Hons)


  • Alcohol and Drug Studies (PgDip/MSc)
  • Applied Psychology (MSc)
  • Applied Social Science (MSc)
  • Career Guidance and Development (PgDip/MSc)
  • Civil Society and Public Affairs (PgDip/MSc)
  • Criminal Justice (MSc)
  • Global Social Work and Social Policy (PgDip/MSc)



  • Sport and Exercise Science (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Sport Coaching (BSc/BSc Hons)
  • Sport Development (BSc/BSc Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science


  • Exercise and Health Science (PgDip/MSc)
  • Sports Coaching (PgDip/MSc)


*Please Note that the MBA and MBA Top-Up is also conducted in Malaysia and is outlined below by itself.

Student Profiles


Practical Experience and Career Development

Part time work is permitted for 20 hours per week.

Work-based and work related learning are available as part of selected course – see course entries on-line for details at

Finances & Fees 2014 – 2015

Band 1 £10,300 Band 2 £ 10,815

Early Payment Discount

Arts based courses Band 1 £ 7,920  = MR 41,104 at 5.2 per school year

Science and Lab based courses Band 2  £ 8,384 = MR 43,597 per school year

£ 1,500 International Scholarships are available for full fee paying students

25% fee reduction into Year one for International students

incl. registration and exams

  • An ordinary undergraduate degree (eg BA, BSc) is normally three years full time.
  • A honours undergraduate degree (eg BA(Hons), BSc(Hons)) is normally four years full time.
  • With a second class honours you may often enter year two, thereby shortening your degree to the usual UK honours length of 3 years.  See us for course specifics or on line. Second Class will be equivalent to an IB of 28 or a BCC.


Ayr by the sea has a brand new student accommodation of 200 en-suite bedrooms in flats with shared by four, new kitchens, lounge and dining with new communal laundry facilities. 45 minutes from Glasgow by train and 15 minutes walk to town. Its own radio station and student union (picture please) pp 29 mini guide

Dumfries: located on an 85 acres parkland, it offers varied wildlife, outdoor activities like golf, cycling, watersports,  as well as new free sports facilities and gym, 200 computer work stations,, and a 40,000 book library.    It is 77 miles to Glasgow. (picture please) pp 31 mini guide

Hamilton: £21 million Dentre for Engineering excellence, state of the art wards for nursing simulation, well quipped library, gym, catering and self catering, and only 15 miles to Glasgow. (picture please) pp33 mini guide

Paisley: On over 20 acres and one train stop, 10 minutes from Glasgow centre. It boasts new students services investment £ 1 million, new classrooms such as touch screen technology, tabltes, audience response handsets. Under 3 miles to Glasgow International Airport. (picture please) pp35 mini guide




Undergraduate Entry Requirements: minimum: A levels (STPM) 3 at CCC or IB 24. TOEFL 80/ESOL Grade c/PTE 51/IELTS 5.5

Some courses may differ, in Malaysia, please contact:







Postgraduate Entry Requirements may differ by course.

Please contact the UWS Malaysian agency at

Master of Business Administration (MBA) – delivered in Malaysia

Qualification and Durations

MBA (full-time/part-time): 1 Year / 18 months – 2 Years / 5 Years (maximum)

Accrediting Bodies

180 credit hours:

In Malaysia: MQA approved, registered with Olympia College; MHR approved, registered with Knowledge
Universe; conducted at Olympia College locations.

In Malaysia and the UK: QAA approved and benchmarked for Business and Management, as well as to the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and to the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) European Quality Link (EQUAL) guidelines for MBA courses.

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor degree, or a postgraduate award, or a final qualification of an appropriate professional body. Should have two years’ relevant work experience at managerial level, or equivalent.


Very competitively priced with bonus discount for January 2015 intake: from RM 30,000 all for the full degree, with a RM 3,000 launch rebate. Please call the UWS agency in Malaysia: Integrated Guidance S/B at +6012.208.0678+6012.208.0678 or email to for updates.

Course Description for the UWSMBA-OW

The new University of the West of Scotland (UWS) MBA, delivered in partnership with Olympia College Malaysia, has been redesigned to reflect the ever-changing nature of business, and the global challenges which business leaders are facing. It is a degree that is completely on-line, delivered face to face on weekends because the Malaysian experience has shown a preference for this blended learning approach.

The UWS MBA On-line World will be conducted at Olympia College centres across its 4 campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Petaling Jaya, Johor Bahru from January 2015. Register Now!

The course focuses on developing strategic analytical skills as well as business intuition and enquiring and adaptive thinking. The new MBA has been structured and designed to allow you, through the selection of option modules, to focus in one of three areas: Finance; Leadership; or Enterprise. This allows you to align your MBA studies to your current career, or career aspirations.

The UWS Business School has been providing MBA education to a global audience since the late 1980s primarily through part-time and online/distance learning modes of study. We were the first provider of an MBA online in Hong Kong in the early 1990’s.

Removing the traditional barriers between different cohorts of learners (classroom-based and distance learning) means that the new MBA will create a unified model of learning for all students. Full- and part-time students in Malaysia will learn and engage with full-time, part-time and online/distance learning students being taught by UWS staff based in the UK and world-wide.  You will augment learning by accessing study materials, and submitting coursework etc. to UK via the UWS Online MBA World.

Course Content

As well as providing essential core business knowledge and understanding, the course modules place a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills that are vital to be an effective business leader. Using a variety of methods such as role play exercises, case studies, and in-company analysis etc., your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be developed and enhanced throughout the course. The modules will be assessed through a variety of techniques including online tests, reports, presentations and projects.

You can focus your MBA in one of three areas: Finance; Leadership; or Enterprise. The new MBA modules (Core and Options) below are shown in terms of stages; in terms of a one year, full-time, course of study, relating to three trimesters. However, the module listing and staging is the same for all modes of study:

Stage 1 (PG Cert)

Core Modules

Integration of Business Functions (10 credits)

Analytical Thinking and Decision Making (20 credits)

Managing Organisational Health (20 credits)

Plus one 10 credit module from the options list*

Stage 2 (PG Dip)

Core Modules

Influencing Organisational Strategy (20 credits)

Creativity and Business Wealth (20 credits)

Plus two 10 credit modules from the options list*

Options Modules

Advanced Financial Functions (10 credits)

Global Financial Systems (10 credits)

Leading Change (10 credits)

Influencing Organisational Culture and Change (10 credits)

New Venture Creation (10 credits)

Business Creativity (10 credits)

Stage 3 (MBA)

Core Module

Strategic Business Project (60 credits)

The Strategic Business Project forms your MBA dissertation and will most likely be undertaken within your organisation and/or on a consultancy basis and will require you to bring to bear all of the knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout the MBA on a significant business issue affecting your/an organisation. It may require qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis. You will be required to develop a suitable proposal which is acceptable to the host organisation, as well as your project supervisor.

Successful completion of all three stages leads to the award of the UWS MBA

Details of the already approved MBA Top Up Coming Soon! Stay tuned.


Entry Requirements

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration or Business Management from the UK or recognised by the UK or a CIMA qualification
Credits Transfer Recognition
  • 120 credit recognition for a CIMA designated candidate or the above post graduate diploma
Course Content
  • dissertation called a Strategic Business Project worth 60 credits

Degree Conferred

  • The Project completion provides you with the 180 credits required for the full MBA


  • Outrageously low price of RM 12,000 with a RM 1,000 rebate for the January launch


  • At Olympia College Locations, in K.L., P.J., Penang, January 2015. Other Johor, Perak and Kuantan later.


  • January 2015

Again please contact Odette at +6012.208.0678+6012.208.0678 or for news updates on where and when and how much



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