Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of the world’s top 100 universities, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.
World-leading research expertise at the University spans a range of subjects – history of art, veterinary medicine, cancer studies and accounting and finance are all rated in the UK’s top five for research excellence.
Glasgow’s college system enables interdisciplinary collaboration while fostering a sense of belonging. We have four colleges, each bringing together the research and teaching expertise of a number of schools and institutes. Every college has a graduate school. Please check our A-Z of undergraduate degree programmes and postgraduate taught degree programmes for available courses.
School of Critical Studies
The School of Critical Studies is dedicated to the research and teaching of:
The School’s core commitment is to the practice of criticism, textual interpretation, writing and the analysis of language, over diverse but inter-related subject areas. In one form or another, these skills have been taught at Glasgow University since its inception in 1451. If you study here you can benefit from a wealth of experience to develop vital skills in critical, analytical, and creative thinking.
School of Culture & Creative Arts
The School of Culture & Creative Arts offers:
If you are interested in studying one or more of these subjects, you will benefit not only from our world-leading research and excellent teaching, but from being based in Glasgow – one of the most exciting cultural hubs in the UK.
School of Humanities
The following subject areas form the School of Humanities (Sgoil nan Daonnachdan):
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
We offer undergraduate programmes in French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Russian and Spanish. These programmes offer not only expertise in language but also in the literature, culture, history, music and film of the countries in question.
We also offer programmes of study in Comparative Literature and Slavonic Studies which allow the optional study of foreign language. Other languages including Catalan, Czech, Polish and Portuguese can be studied as part of the programme listed above.
The following subject areas form the School of Modern Languages and Cultures:
If you study with the College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences, you can benefit from our broad base of science knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering teaching methods, preparing you for a wide variety of careers ranging from clinical medicine and veterinary medicine, to biological and environmental science, be it in the National Health Service, or academic, commercial, or public sectors.
Our research institutes include:
School of Life Sciences
The School of Life Sciences has an international reputation for research in modern biological sciences, from molecular and cellular biology to population ecology.
Our collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to addressing the scientific challenges of this post-genomic and informatics age means that if you study with us, you can benefit from an exceptional choice of degree programmes that attracts students from across the globe.
School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is renowned for pioneering teaching methods and superb facilities for undergraduate study in Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
We have one of the largest and most prestigious Medical Schools in Europe and are leading the UK with one of the most important innovations in the teaching of medicine – a unique undergraduate curriculum that utilises problem-based learning techniques.
The Dental School is the second largest in the UK and provides comprehensive up-to-date facilities for patient care, student clinical practice and training, and for education and research in dental and oral diseases and disorders.
Our Nursing & Health Care School was established with the aim of producing Graduate Nurses who were grounded in health related scientific theory and now has a national and international reputation for nursing education and research with patient/client as the focus of health care.
School of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world. Out internationally accredited school provides an expect referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Welfare for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout the UK.
At the College of Science and Engineering, we work to understand the world we live in, to do research that is relevant to global needs and to help create the emerging technologies of the 21st century. Study with us, and you can benefit from the expertise of our world-leading academics and gain a degree with the accreditation you need for a successful career.
In addition to our research institute, Neuroscience and Psychology, we have the following Schools:
School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry has a long history of excellence in both research and teaching and we are committed to continuing that tradition.
Our range of undergraduate degree programmes is wide and varied, and our flexible entry system allows those choosing to study at the University of Glasgow to benefit from the opportunity to explore a range of subjects in addition to Chemistry before specialisation.
The School has a superb research environment with world leading research groups and facilities, a large and vibrant PhD programme with a wide variety of research topics. Our research covers all aspects of Chemistry, as well as the interfaces with biology, materials science and physics, and we are part of WestCHEM, the joint Research School in Chemistry with the University of Strathclyde.
School of Computing Science
Since 1957, when it became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, Glasgow has built a reputation for the excellence of its Computing Science research and its graduates. Today, we are rated in the UK’s top 10 for research, according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The School of Computing Science, renowned for its friendliness, offers a high quality learning environment in which world-class research informs course content and delivery. If you study with us, you can also benefit from our strong links with industry and graduate well-placed for a career with a range of companies across the UK, Europe and the world.
The School is part of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA).
School of Engineering
We have been delivering world-class engineering education and research for more than 150 years and are the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
We offer an exciting range of undergraduate degree programmes that include not only the core engineering disciplines (Aeronautics, Civil, Electronics & Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) but also unique specialist degree programmes, such as Biomedical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Electronics with Music and Civil Engineering with Architecture.
We also offer a broad range of postgraduate degrees that provide continuing professional development in response to global industrial and governmental needs.
The School provides a superb research environment with world leading research groups and facilities, with a vibrant PhD programme and a wide variety of research topics. Our research covers a broad range of Engineering subjects, as well as the interfaces with biology, chemistry, computer sciences, medicine and physics. We are part of the Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering (GRPE).
By continuing to invest in internationally excellent research and by providing an outstanding learning environment for talented students from all backgrounds our aim is not only to maintain this position, but to improve upon it, thereby retaining our status as one of the select number of institutions which are regarded as being the best in the world.
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences brings together internationally-leading research and teaching in physical and human geography, earth science/geology, and geomatics.
Our collaboration with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) gives us access to cutting edge equipment and specialist expertise, and our degree programmes are informed by our strong research base.
School of Mathematics and Statistics
The School of Mathematics & Statistics combines world-leading research expertise in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the majority of our submission was judged 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent), with statistics achieving the highest 4* rating in Scotland.
If you study with us you can benefit from our excellent teaching standards and supportive learning environment – an impressive 97% of our final year undergraduate students rate themselves as satisfied with their overall experience, according to the 2011 National Student Survey, rating us as 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK.
The School offers a vibrant, dynamic and supportive environment for both staff and students.
School of Physics and Astronomy
Studying with the School of Physics and Astronomy offers you a fundamental understanding of the way the Universe works, brings you to the forefront of technology, and provides the opportunity to work in world-leading research groups. Our highly rated undergraduate programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics.
The School is highly rated by the UK government for its research, and our research groups are internationally renowned for their work. The strong links with other inbstitutions in SUPA, as well as across the UK and internationally in major research collaborations contribute to an excellent environment for top quality research. Our postgraduate research opportunities make it an excellent place to study for a PhD and our undergraduate courses offer the chance to get involved in research projects in cutting edge science.
School of Psychology
Our School of Psychology brings together world-leading expertise in experimental psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience in order to advance the understanding of behaviour.
Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated very highly for research and teaching. Today, we are rated in the UK’s top 10 for research.
If you study with us, our supportive learning environment can help you to gain an in-depth knowledge of Psychology, while developing skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
Our College of Social Sciences brings together the study of business, education, law, social and political science. Building upon the tradition of Adam Smith our world-leading research and teaching addresses local and global challenges. If you study here, you’ll benefit from our network of national and international links and be able to choose from a range of ground-breaking degree programmes including those at our Dumfries Campus.
Adam Smith Business School
If you work or study with the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, we can help you to develop your career or transform your organisation. We specialise in the areas of: Accounting, Economics, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Finance, Financial Economics, International Business, Marketing, and Strategic Management.
With more than 1400 postgraduate students studying in 36 master and 6 PhD programmes, we are the largest Business School in Scotland and the second largest in the UK. Our range of accredited degree programmes will help to prepare you for a promising future career, and the ability to contribute to organisations at the highest level.
School of Education
The School of Education is ranked 2nd in Scotland and in the top 15 in the UK for the volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research in education.
We offer undergraduate programmes in childhood practice, community development, music Bed, primary education, religious & philosophical education and technological education.
In addition to a wide range of postgraduate taught degrees, our research and knowledge transfer strands are:
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
We bring high quality research and teaching to students in the southwest of Scotland, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a carefully crafted selection of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.
Based on a unique partnership campus two hours from Glasgow in the Scottish university town of Dumfries, we provide small group teaching, excellent facilities, and the prestige of a University of Glasgow degree programme delivered in a beautiful and friendly setting.
School of Law
The study of law in Glasgow has a long and illustrious history. Distinguished alumni include eminent judges, politicians and scholars, as well as many others. Today, we remain one of Scotland’s leading law schools, with just over 1,000 students and over 40 academic staff.
The School of Law provides a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment for students. Our range of LL.B degree programmes allows students to study a very wide choice of law subjects, either alone or in combination with courses from other disciplines. We also have extensive exchange agreements with foreign universities, which enable many students to complete part of their degree abroad. Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment, both within the Scottish legal profession and in many other walks of life.
We offer a variety of taught postgraduate degrees and staff are able to supervise research degress across a very wide range of legal subjects.
School of Social and Political Sciences
The School of Social and Political Sciences provides world-leading expertise in research and teaching across the following areas:
Our multi-disciplinary approach means that if you study with us, you can benefit from a unique combination of degree programmes taught by scholars at the forefront of academic and policy thinking.
It’s important that you arrange funding for your tuition fees and living costs before your studies begin.
At Glasgow, we aim to provide our students with as much financial support and assistance as possible. That is why we continuously strive to expand our range of scholarships for both home/EU and international students.
For our undergraduate programmes, the University currently accepts all Highers/Advanced Highers and A-levels in fulfilment of general entry requirements. Check that you meet any specific entry requirements; not all subjects may be acceptable for all programmes. All qualifications muct have been attained no more than seven years prior to application to be considered current. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes should have obtained at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent). In some cases work experience is also taken into account. Some of our taught programmes require you to have covered specific topics in your undergraduate degree.
If you are applying for research degrees you should contact the relevant Graduate School to discuss your research interests and submit a short research proposal with your application.
With exceptions (including undergraduate courses in the School of Medicine, courses in the School or Law and some Masters programmes in the College of Arts), general language requirements are:
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses. Glasgow International College also offer pre-sessional courses.
As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow has invested more than one million pounds in additional scholarship funding for 2011/12.
For over 560 years Glasgow has connected with people all over the world. Our university has brought together creativity and innovation in global partnerships.
We understand the power of international collaboration to achieve success and our Internationalisation Strategy articulates the University’s commitment to enhancing its global reputation and partnership development, especially in the areas of collaborative programmes, research, curriculum development and staff and student mobility.
The University of Glasgow has more than 2,000 active researchers and an impressive 75% of academic staff contribute to subjects where the majority of research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Our total earnings for research and related services are £180m and we’re in the UK’s top 10 earners for research.
All these figures add up to one thing – making discoveries that matter is our number one priority.
The Research Assessment Exercise aims to provide the most thorough and reliable reflection of the quality of research being conducted by universities across the UK. Here are just some of the subjects at Glasgow that have received the RAE’s seal of approval:
The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research-led universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education. We have a reputation for research that benefits industry, society and the environment.
All of this means that we can make important discoveries, whether that’s finding a way to detect malaria in minutes, or contributing to the biggest particle physics experiment in the world – the Large Hadron Collider. Our broad base of expertise, which incorporates arts, sciences, social sciences and medicine, enables us to create interdisciplinary teams and push the boundaries of what’s possible, from tackling cancer to working to produce solar fuel by means of artificial photosynthesis.
Helping our students prepare for life once they leave university is a key priority. Our Careers Service has links with more than 8,000 employers and close contacts with the major graduate recruiters in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors.
Staff from our International Office travel throughout the world, attending exhibitions, holding information sessions for prospective students and interviewing candidates. Our team would be delighted to talk to you and answer any queries you might have. Find out more about your county.
If you have a general question about studying at the University of Glasgow such as entry requirements, application process, course dates, visiting the campus, accommodation, visa information or fees and funding, please complete our online enquiry form.
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