University of Glasgow

2014 League Table Ranking 23
2014 Overall Score 779
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Entry Standards 469 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.59 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,415 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 616 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 79.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 88.9 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 74.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 33.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has a tradition of excellence as the fourth oldest university in the United Kingdom.
  • Glasgow students walk in the footsteps of scientist Lord Kelvin, economist Adam Smith and pioneer of television John Logie Baird. The University has inspired the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister, Scotland's inaugural First Minister and the country's first female medical graduates.
  • Glasgow’s beautiful, historical campus features more than 100 listed buildings.

Location and transport

  • Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow hosts the largest student population in Scotland.
  • It is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music.
  • In 2014, it will host the Commonwealth Games..
  • The University’s location means that students can enjoy the combination of living in a compact campus-style environment while being part of a major city. There are two campuses in Glasgow: Gilmorehill in the cosmopolitan and friendly West End; and Garscube, 6.5 km (4 miles) from the city. A third campus in Dumfries some 145 km (90 miles) to the south of Glasgow, is home to the University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Both city campuses have excellent transport into Glasgow’s centre via frequent buses and subway. Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and two city centre rail terminals offer easy connections with the rest of the UK and the world.

Entry standards

  • Entry requirements for each subject are listed in the University’s online degree programme A-Z at
  • The university attracts talented students from diverse backgrounds and welcomes applications from all with appropriate qualifications. For more information, see

Student mix

  • Male : female 1:1.3.
  • Home : overseas 2.8:1.
  • 85.1% of students are from state schools or colleges.

Course flexibility

  • Undergraduate students can choose from more than 700 degree combinations.
  • The university's flexible degree system means that students don't have to restrict their choice of subjects when they begin studying. As long as students are not studying for a professional degree, it is possible to wait until the end of second year before choosing honours subject(s), allowing time to try out up to four subjects at university level.

Teaching standards

  • Teaching excellence at Glasgow is founded in the University’s world-leading research, which inspires respect from employers and satisfaction from students.
  • Many students have opportunities to study abroad, improve employability and take part in work placements as part of their degrees.
  • Glasgow is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.
  • Glasgow students report high levels of satisfaction with their degree programmes, with subjects as diverse as computing science, Latin, dentistry, genetics, German, microbiology, theatre studies, sociology and virology recording satisfaction levels of 100% according to in January 2013.
  • Results from the International Student Barometer 2012 rank international students at Glasgow  the second-happiest in the UK among participating institutions.

Research standards

  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 major research-led universities in the UK.
  • More than 2,000 members of staff actively engaged in research.
  • In the UK’s top 10 earners for research, with annual research contract income totaling more than £128m; funding comes from research councils, charities, government and industry.
  • An impressive 75% of academic staff contributes to subjects where the majority of research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent, according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008).
  • Recent research innovation at Glasgow has resulted in the world’s most accurate IVF predictor, and the creation of the world’s first ‘super-twisted light, which can be used to find traces of proteins that are indicative of degenerative diseases in tiny samples of blood. In 2012, the world’s first clinical safety trial of a human neural stem therapy for stroke patients, which was conducted at Glasgow in 2010, was given the go-ahead to progress to its next stage.

Academic strengths

  • Key areas include: the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre and the Wolfson Medical School; the University's Creative Writing Masters and the only university department dedicated to Scottish Literature in the world; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, with approved status from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • New developments in 2012 included: the completion of a £2.5m refurbishment of Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University; the commencement of construction of a new centre for virus research, with funding of more than £30m from the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards Initiative and the University; the forging of a landmark partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow with the aim of opening a state of the art Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre; and the announcement of a pioneering initiative to support the growth of the UK’s vital creative industries and arts sector – the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy.
  • The university's Business School is one of an elite group in the world to have achieved accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The library provides access to 2.5 million books on 12 floors, access to c. 30,000 e-journal titles, excellent opening hours (18 hours daily), more than 600 computer workstations available for drop in use by all students and wireless enabled public areas.
  • Extensive computer clusters across campus are available for use outside classes. There are also more than 500 wireless hotspots.
  • The University’s programme of investment in equipment and academic support services has seen £7.5m spent on lecture theatres/seminar rooms since 2007, with plans to invest a further £3.5m by 2017.A new Welcome Point was opened in 2012 to help students and visitors with queries. The redevelopment saw the creation of a new waiting and information area equipped with information screens, iPad stations and an easily accessible reception desk manned by students.

Disability services

  • For Information on disability services at the University of Glasgow telephone 0141 330 5497, email or visit the website.

Students' union

  • The university has a choice of two unions, both with distinctive characteristics: Glasgow University Union and Queen Margaret Union.
  • The QMU has an impressive reputation as a live music gig venue.
  • The GUU has held the world debating title and the Observer Mace more often than any other institution in the world. In 2011 and 2012 it has claimed the title of Student Union of the Year at the Club Mirror Awards.
  • The Student Representative Council represents students on all the main university committees and provides a range of student services.


  • First-class sport facilities include two sports centres at convenient sites on university campuses with facilities including: 25m heated swimming pool; sauna and steam rooms; health and exercise advice centre; fitness, cardiovascular and strength suites; large multi-purpose games hall; 2 all-weather synthetic pitches; 3 tennis courts; a cricket oval.
  • In 2012, the University announced a £13.4m plan that will see an extension of the current sport facilities on its main campus alongside a redevelopment of one of the University’s two student unions.
  • Additional services include chiropractors, sports, massage, Thai yoga clinics and alternative therapies.
  • Sports and Recreation has more than 10,500 members, one of the highest participation rates within British Universities.
  • Glasgow is the host city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • Since 2001, around £300m has been invested into facilities across the university. Plans are in place to invest £160m more by 2015.
  • Get details of current projects, competed work and future investment in Glasgow University's estate on the website.

Availability of part-time work

  • The Student Representative Council (SRC) Job Shop keeps students up to date with the latest part time, casual and seasonal job opportunities. The website has advice on CVs, interview skills and job hunting.
  • The University's Careers Service connects students and employers by providing opportunities to meet global recruiters on campus, an online career management system that alerts students to events, jobs and information relevant to career interests, an annual internship fair and sector-specific networking events.
  • The University's Club 21 Business Partnership Programme offers undergraduate students high-quality work experience opportunities with a diverse range of businesses and organisations.
  • Glasgow's Student Network puts prospective, new and current students in touch with more experienced students, who can answer queries about studying at Glasgow and give insights and advice on local sources of part-time employment.

For further information

  • +44 (0)141 330 2000
  • University of Glasgow
    University Avenue
    G12 8QQ
UCAS Code G28

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