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University of Strathclyde

2016 League Table Ranking 38
2016 Overall Score 748
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Entry Standards 473 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.04 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,393 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 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 312 Help
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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 77.6 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.6 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 77.9 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 33.9 Help
Green Score
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  • Established more than 200 years ago 'for the good of mankind', the University of Strathclyde is renowned for excellent teaching, research and strong links with industry, government and business.
  • Our roots can be traced back to 1796, when Professor John Anderson’s legacy established a 'place of useful learning' – the only higher education institution to be created in Scotland during the Enlightenment. This tradition remains at the heart of our ethos today, as a leading international technological university.
  • We are situated in the heart of Glasgow – one of the UK’s largest cities – and we have a vibrant, international community including more than 20,000 students from over 100 nations, with overseas students accounting for over 15% of the total.

Location and Transport

  • Located in the centre of Glasgow, one of Europe's most exciting cities, and close to Scotland's stunning scenery, including Loch Lomond. The city centre has a vibrant arts scene, cutting-edge music, legendary nightlife, an exciting selection of places to eat out and much more.
  • The campus has a city centre location close to central train and bus stations and is only 20 minutes from Glasgow Airport.
  • Strathclyde is investing £350 million over 10 years to transform its dynamic and digital campus.
  • An extensive map of the University can be found online at: 

Entry Standards

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the course you choose. For further information, visit the online prospectus, available at:

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the course you choose. A Level and GCSE requirements can be found via the online prospectus at
  • Further information on the University's Admission Policy can be found via the following link:

Student Mix

The 19,960 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Strathclyde has a reputation for innovative, flexible learning which is relevant to students and employers. The University has more than 400 degree courses across areas of expertise in business, engineering, science and humanities and social sciences. Prospective students can choose from undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research degree courses.
  • Students can take elective subjects outwith their discipline, including classes at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship designed to develop employable skills.
  • BA in Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subjects before one or two are studied in-depth at Honours level.
  • The Centre for Lifelong Learning has details of evening and weekend classes and other learning options. Further information is available at:
  • International Study Centre
  • The International Study Centre offers international students on campus degree preparation for undergraduate & postgraduate degrees.
  • The pathway programmes provides students with the necessary academic skills and English language tutoring to undertake a degree at the University of Strathclyde.
  • Further information is available at:

Teaching Standards

  • According to the most recent National Student Survey (NSS), our student satisfaction levels stand at 89% (above the UK HEI average), and our students rate us more highly than the average score for UK universities in terms of Teaching, Learning Resources, Personal Development and Students’ Union.
  • Subject areas with particularly strong showings in the NSS included: Microbiology (98%), Chemistry (97%), Finance (97%), Economics & Management Studies both scored 96% and Marketing scored 95%.

Research Standards

  • Strathclyde has a proud history of communicating and developing the practical applications of research. We implement a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle global challenges using international partners from industry and academia.
  • We achieved an excellent overall result for the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) with Strathclyde positioned as 18th overall in the UK in terms of research intensity metrics. This positive shift puts us in the top five biggest movers in the UK amongst the 'research intensives'.
  • Highlights of Strathclyde's REF2014 results include our Physics department which was placed top in the UK, Strathclyde Business School placed in the top 10 in the UK and number 1 in Scotland, seven of our eight Engineering departments achieving top 10 rankings in the UK, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Speech and Language Therapy research at Strathclyde achieving fourth in the UK and first in Scotland, along with major improvements in the REF league table positions within Government and Public Policy, Social Work and History.
  • Our commitment to cutting-edge research is demonstrated by significant investment in world-class infrastructure which is part of our wider £350M campus development projects.
  • We are lead, or partner, in 17 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) which offer access to prestigious studentships and quality training in both subject specific and transferable skills. The areas covered by these Centres reflect our commitment to integrate world-class research teams with pioneering external partnerships in an interdisciplinary environment in such topics as: Medical Devices, Wind Energy, Future Power Networks & Smart Grids, Next Generation Accelerators, Continuous Manufacturing and Optics & Photonics.
  • Collaborative work between our Faculties and Professional Services saw December's celebrations to mark the establishment of the University of Strathclyde's new Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC). With an overall estates commitment of around £350M, we still have lots more to come in creating our world-class campus.
  • To national and international acclaim, we were invited by the UK Minister for Universities and Science to take responsibility - with our partners BIS and Surrey University - for the strategic development of the UK's National Physical Laboratory. We were awarded this in the face of fierce, high-quality competition, showing the increasing respect in which we are held.

Academic Strengths

  • High quality teaching is informed by research into teaching and learning as well as academic scholarship.
  • Strathclyde promotes excellence through continuous innovation in the curriculum and in approaches to teaching and learning. We provide learning experiences that make students highly employable, capable of advanced study and confident in their own abilities. Our students have higher than average graduate employment rates.
  • The University’s academic strength is demonstrated by its collaboration with other Scottish universities through research pooling initiatives, as well its links with outstanding partners overseas. Strathclyde has more than 200 collaborative agreements in more than 50 countries, and an estimated 2,000 informal links around the world.
  • Since 2012, the University has been home to the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, a Scotland-wide centre for the promotion of Chinese language and culture.
  • The University continues to support an international initiative for the establishment of Age-Friendly universities. First launched in November 2012 by Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dublin City University Brian MacCraith, this initiative promotes and encourages the participation of older adults in all of universities’ core activities. The move coincided with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Learning in Later Life Programme, which offers older people opportunities to broaden their skills and interests – one of the first of its kind in the UK and one of the largest worldwide.
  • Strathclyde, in partnership with the University of Dundee, hosts the first Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute for students from the USA. The bid was made to the UK-UK Fulbright Commission, one of the world’s most prestigious international exchange programmes.

Student Facilities

  • Over 1,500 campus PCs in more than 30 computer labs, with most open 24/7.
  • Extensive campus-wide wi-fi network, including communal areas of student residences.
  • An accessible IT helpdesk with an out-of-hours support service available by phone and email.
  • A personal student e-mail account with 25GB of storage, which you can access from your own computer or mobile device.
  • A selection of free software from leading brands including Microsoft.
  • PEGASUS student web portal for a host of services including registration, finance, choosing classes and exam results.
  • Useful app giving access to your information on the go.
  • Access to MyPlace, our virtual e-learning environment where you can access course materials and learn online.
  • An IT training service providing access to online training, class training and 1:1 tuition in the software you need to use.
  • For further information, visit IT & Technical Services at:


  • The University Library has a wide variety of areas suitable for individual or group study work. There are extensive Wi-Fi zones for laptop use and areas with fixed computers. The Library has around one million print volumes as well as access to over 540,000 electronic books and over 38,000 e-journals that can be used 24/7 from any suitably enabled computer.
  • The Library provides access to materials and information resources, assisting students with their studies in a supportive learning environment. Expert and friendly staff work closely with academic colleagues and are available to help students find information and demonstrate the wide variety of resources on offer.
  • Recent redevelopments have shaped the Library to meet the needs of our students, including new high-tech facilities, provision of more group and individual working spaces and an increased focus on acquiring digital content, accessible from anywhere. Improvements are continuing to ensure the Library is the heart of the University and an enjoyable place to study.
  • For further information, visit

Information Services

  • Information Services is at the heart of all University activities. We are responsible for IT and Library Services and provide support to all University staff and students. We are working towards the development of a ‘Digital Campus’ that underpins the University strategic aims in research, education and knowledge exchange.
  • For further information, visit

Disability Services

  • The Disability Service offers information, advice and assistance to applicants and students with disabilities to help them access their studies and university life. It supports students with a range of disabilities including, but not limited to, dyslexia and specific learning difficulties, mental health issues, Asperger’s Syndrome, long-term illnesses, and mobility or sensory impairment.
  • The service can help students identify effective strategies, assistive equipment or software, facilities or services which can support them during their time at Strathclyde. This may include assistive technology training, mentoring, exam adjustments, attending a study skills session, or accessing support with communication or note-taking in lectures. It can also assist students in applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance for funds for equipment and other support they may need during their studies.
  • Staff at the Disability Service welcome the opportunity to discuss with disabled applicants how to get the most out of their experience at Strathclyde.
  • Telephone +44 (0) 141 548 3402; email; fax +44 (0) 141 548 2414.

Students' Union

  • Voted Students’ Association of the Year 2014 by NUS Scotland, The University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) is one of the largest students' unions in the country comprising of a number of bars, food and coffee outlets and flexible social spaces, supported by the provision of entertainment.
  • The representative voice for students at Strathclyde, USSA puts forward the views of students to the University via the Class Rep system and an elected full-time Student Executive.
  • There are over 120 clubs and societies covering a wide range of activity, from political to cultural, course-related to hobbies and interests, arts & music to community interest, and more. And if there isn’t one to suit you, start your own!
  • With over 20,000 volunteer hours clocked up annually there are lots of volunteering and fundraising opportunities, designed to develop graduate employability and other key skills while at university.
  • USSA is also home to the independent advice service, the Advice Hub, and a free confidential listening service, Nightline.


  • Strathclyde offers excellent playing fields, a sports centre with badminton courts, squash courts, an up-to-date fitness suite and changing rooms, 2 weights rooms and swimming pool.
  • Whether you compete at national level or just enjoy sport for fun with friends, with over 45 sports clubs ranging from aikido to volleyball there is something for everyone. The University has around 50 teams participating in BUCS competition with others playing in the Scottish level competitions.
  • Membership of the Centre for Sport & Recreation is £96 for the full year with semester membership and pay-as-you-go available.
  • The quality of the University's outdoor sports facilities at Stepps was highlighted by their selection as a training venue for London 2012 Olympic football competition and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games rugby seven tournament.
  • The Centre runs a successful Elite Athlete Programme and offers over 40 exercise class opportunities a week during term.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

The University is investing £350 million in its campus over 10 years to enhance the student experience and further develop an attractive, dynamic and digital campus. Major developments include:

  • Merging two campuses into one, single city-centre site through a £38 million investment in the new Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences quarter.
  • A £23 million investment in the University's Strathclyde Business School, due for completion in 2015.
  • A £39 million project has been completed consolidating five Faculty of Engineering departments together to facilitate greater collaboration, improve research capabilities and enhance the student experience.
  • Investment of £12 million in the John Anderson building to consolidate it as the base for the Department of Physics.
  • A new £36 million building of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences - the University's centre for world-class research in drug discovery and development - which was officially opened in October 2011.
  • The £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde to further the University's close links with industry formally opened in 2015.
  • The University also opened its £14 million Phase 1 Advanced Forming Research Centre in January 2011, a world-class research centre in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and global engineering firms to pioneer forming and forging techniques to support manufacturing for the aerospace, energy, marine and automobile industries. A £11 million Phase 2 has been completed and opened in 2014.
  • The £12.5 million Power Network Demonstration Centre - a world class research centre that will accelerate the adoption of new 'smart' technologies, from advanced power grids to electric cars and household appliances, opened in 2012.
  • A £16 million investment in Combined Heath and Power Plant with District Energy Network is anticipated to significantly reduce the University's energy costs and achieve a reduction in CO2.
  • Numerous smaller projects have been completed providing an improved library service, an updated IT infrastructure, improved catering provision and new teaching spaces across the campus.
  • The University is planning the next stage in its capital investment programme and significant investment is anticipated in teaching, learning, sports and wellbeing to enhance student experience, this will include enhanced teaching and learning accommodation.
  • In addition, the University opened its first overseas campus in Greater Noida, India in 2011. The Strathclyde-SKIL Business School will deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level business courses.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Strathclyde is situated in Glasgow’s city centre, which offers the potential for a wide range of part-time work, particularly in shops, bars, restaurants (and other eating places) and call centres. Glasgow is also a financial centre and a large number of major graduate recruiters have offices in the city.
  • Strathclyde University is one of the top 25 target universities in the UK for graduate employers, which has a knock on effect on the range of opportunities for summer internships and work experience placements available to students at Strathclyde.
  • The University Careers Service posts a huge range of graduate and part-time jobs, internships, work experience and voluntary work opportunities on their shared vacancy system. All you need to do is register via the Careers Service website as soon as you arrive to start your course so you don’t miss out.
  • The Careers Service also runs an in-house Interns on Campus service, which advertises paid internships based at the University throughout the summer vacation (and sometimes into term-time).

Careers Guidance

  • All students are entitled to use the Careers Service, both while at Strathclyde and for 10 years after they graduate.

The Careers Service can help you:

  • to choose and manage your career
  • to develop you and your skills for job seeking
  • to apply for jobs or further study

Students can book online, by phone or in person to use the CV Checking Service, for a 1:1 guidance appointment with a Careers Adviser,or simply pop up to our drop-in service.

  • The Careers Service also carry out mock interviews, run practice Assessment Centres, and organise practice psychometric testing, all of which will help students prepare for the real thing.
  • The new improved Resource Centre combines the latest CTouch technology with traditional hard copy books and leaflets, to give you all the careers information you need.
  • The Careers Service also manage the Strathclyde Skills Award, which helps students to reflect on and gain credit for extra-curricular activities from part-time work, internships, volunteering or international activities. If you achieve an Award, it is added to your graduate transcript, making you even more attractive to employers.

Notable Alumni

  • Dame Elish Angiolini – Former Lord Advocate (now Visiting Professor at Strathclyde) and Principal St Hugh’s College Oxford
  • Elaine Arden - Group Human Resources Director, RBS
  • James Blyth – Wind energy pioneer
  • Ann Budge - Entrepreneur
  • Rabinder Buttar - ClinTec
  • John Clark - Group Franchise Manager, Arnold Clark Automobiles
  • James Croll – Early investigator of climate change
  • Henry Faulds – Originator of fingerprint identification
  • Laura Faulkner - Head of Supply Chain Services, RBS
  • Anita Frew - Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group Plc
  • John Giannandrea - Director of Engineering, Google Inc
  • Thomas Graham – Formulated the Law of Diffusion of Gases
  • Duncan Hawthorne - President and Chief Executive of Bruce Power
  • Sir Tom Hunter – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • Sanjay Jha – CEO of Global Foundries Inc
  • Afzal Khushi – Managing Director, Trespass
  • David Livingstone – Explorer and medical missionary
  • John Logie Baird – Invented the world's first working television
  • Anne MacColl - CEO SDI
  • Jim McColl, OBE – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital
  • Mairi Mickel - Chair of Mickel Fund
  • Denise Mina - Author
  • Nosheena Mobarik CBE - M Computer
  • Calum Paterson - Managing Director, Scottish Equity Partners
  • Craig Pollock - Co-Founder, The Pollock Formula and former co-owner and Managing Director, British American Racing
  • Shaf Rasul - Entrepreneur, broadcaster and columnist
  • Charles Ritchie - Chairman and Managing Director, Score Group
  • Celia Sinclair - Entrepreneur
  • Sir Brian Souter – CEO, Stagecoach
  • David Stirling - CEO, BioTheryX Inc
  • Leslie Stretch - President and CEO, CallidusCloud
  • Professor Maurice Taylor – Hotelier and entrepreneur
  • Peter Taylor - Entrepreneur and former Chairman of the Town House Collection (hotels)
  • Robert Thom – Inventor of water filtration systems
  • Professor Ivor Tiefenbrun – Managing Director, Linn Products
  • Jim Walker - Founder and Chief Economist, Asianomics Ltd
  • Lena Wilson - CEO Scottish Enterprise
  • James 'Paraffin' Young – The driving force behind the creation of today’s oil refinery industry

For further information

  • +44 (0)141 548 2814
  • University of Strathclyde
    16 Richmond Street
    G1 1XQ
UCAS Code S78

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