Glasgow Caledonian University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.98 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.67 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.24 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    70.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    73.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    83.3 / 100.0


  • Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), the University for the Common Good, has a distinct and defining mission to deliver social benefit at home and overseas through education, research and social innovation.
  • Our heritage dates back to 1875 through its founding institutions and GCU was established as a university in 1993.
  • We have campuses in the heart of Glasgow, London and New York.
  • GCU delivers academic excellence to 20,000 students at home and overseas
  • Our Chancellor is Nobel Peace Prize winner and global anti-poverty campaigner Professor Muhammad Yunus.
  • GCU’s London campus attracts postgraduate students from across the world. It is home to the GCU British School of Fashion, supported by leading academics and honorary professors, some of whom lead global fashion brands.
  • GCU is a sector leader in widening access. Initiatives include the award-winning Caledonian Club which works has worked with more than 11,000 children and their families in Glasgow and London to inspire academic ambition.
  • The Glasgow campus has been transformed by a £30m redevelopment to create new social, learning and teaching facilities that have enhanced the student and staff experience even further.
  • GCU has high employment rates with 95% of graduates in employment or continuing education six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education data).
  • GCU is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility management programme. It is an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in recognition of its leadership role in social innovation education.
  • GCU is the first university in Scotland to achieve accreditation by the Living Wage Foundation and has signed the Scottish Business Pledge, a voluntary code established by the Scottish Government that supports fair and sustainable policies to boost productivity and increase diversity.
  • Students benefit from a range of volunteering and work placement opportunities at home and overseas.

Location and Transport

  • Campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.
  • The Glasgow campus has excellent travel links – 100 metres from Buchanan Bus Station and walking distance to Central and Queen Street rail stations. Close to Glasgow International Airport.
  • The London campus is in Spitalfields, with easy access to train, tube and bus services.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on course.
  • Flexible entry points included.

Student Mix

The 16,930 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%


  • UK 87%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Course Flexibility

  • Direct entry to many degree programmes for students completing qualifications at colleges. GCU has articulation agreements with colleges across Scotland.
  • Second year entry to selected programmes for students with the required number of A level/Advanced Higher qualifications.
  • INTO GCU offers international students professionally accredited programmes in a dedicated on-campus centre in preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK.
  • GCU equips students with the real-world experience and skills to succeed as global graduates.
  • Many students at GCU undertake placements, internships or take a year out to work in industry before completing their degree.

Teaching Standards

  • GCU students are assured of the highest academic standards and work to enhance the learning experience which was conferred with the best possible judgment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
  • The review identified the successful approach to widening participation and helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds make a successful transition to the university; the clear focus on employability and strong links with business and industry which ensure that students engage with employability skills and career-related opportunities; and the internationalisation of the student experience through opportunities to study abroad and, for those remaining in Scotland, drawing on projects and case studies with an international focus.
  • The review also highlighted the reflection of the university's commitment to the Common Good in its culture and engagement with the wider community.
  • GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society has achieved the prestigious international EPAS accreditation for its BA Business Programme Set and MSc International Fashion Marketing programmes, one of only 69 institutions to have been recognised by EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme).
  • GCU aims to equip students with the key skills and attributes which employers require in a wide range of disciplines. A high number of programmes benefit from accreditation from professional bodies including, for example, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), the National Council for the Training of Journalists, and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • GCU hosts regular Masterclasses by leading representatives from industry, business and health care organisations throughout the year.
  • Students, staff and members of the public can attend a range of Professorial Lectures, highlighting the research activities and knowledge of GCU academics.
  • GCU meets niche industry needs through programmes such as MA TV Fiction Writing, the first full-time university course in fiction writing for TV, which has widespread industry backing from many production companies and industry leaders.
  • STV Glasgow, the television channel for Glasgow delivered through a Glasgow Caledonian University/STV partnership, launched in June 2014. It offers MA Multimedia Journalism students access to work-experience opportunities for prime-time broadcasts.
  • GCU creates bespoke education programmes and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes in response to business need, such as bespoke Cisco Certified Networking Associate training programme for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and an innovative SSE Business Academy programme to support its expanding business and accelerate the development of new recruits. In South Africa, GCU works with the University of Johannesburg and the UK’s Institution of Railway Operators to educate Transnet’s School of Rail employees in Railway Operations Management.

Research Standards

  • GCU’s commitment to the common good is realised in its 2020 Research Strategy which addresses three major societal challenges, enabling communities in the UK and internationally to build inclusive societies and live healthy lives in sustainable environments.
  • Following the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results, GCU is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for allied health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. Almost two-thirds of GCU’s social work and social policy research is rated world-leading and internationally excellent.
  • Top 20 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research impact in the built environment. 80% of GCU’s history impact is world-leading and internationally excellent. 80% of GCU’s communication, cultural and media studies impact is world-leading and internationally excellent.
  • GCU is the top modern university in Scotland by research power.
  • Three research institutes develop cross-GCU and cross-disciplinary research networks. GCU is also home to the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, the Centre for Climate Justice, the WiSE Research Centre and, in New York, the Fair Fashion Center.
  • Research partnerships include the £1.2m Doble Innovation Centre for On-Line Systems at GCU, working on diagnostic test instruments and expert consulting and knowledge exchange services for the electric power industry.
  • GCU is a partner in five of the Scottish Government-funded collaborative Innovation Centres which bring knowledge from higher education institutions to solve real-world business challenges.
  • We also provide solutions through applied research and development, working in partnership with business, the public and voluntary sectors. GCU has worked successfully with business partners on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), including with ScotRail, Scottish Canals, Howden and SPT.

Academic Strengths

  • GCU has four academic Schools, reflecting core strengths and areas of academic excellence: Engineering and Built Environment; Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society, and GCU London.
  • Health programmes in Nursing and Community Health, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Science, Life Sciences.
  • Engineering programmes in Construction and Surveying, Engineering, Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems.
  • Business programmes in Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk, Social Sciences, Media and Journalism, Business Management.
  • Top 20 in the UK for allied health research at world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent standards (3*) (REF 2014)
  • Top ten in the UK for world-leading Social Work and Social Policy impact.
  • Top 20 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research impact in the Built Environment.
  • History and Communication, Cultural and Media Studies research impact is world-leading and internationally excellent.
  • GCU is the only Scottish provider of Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry degrees. Students benefit from studying in a recognised centre of excellence in vision sciences and within a unique eye clinic.
  • GCU’s Department of Nursing and Community Health brings together academics and clinical staff who have expertise and are passionate about nursing (adult; child; mental health and learning disability) public health, health education, social action and community health.
  • Strong industry and business networks – many undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are accredited by professional bodies.
  • GCU London is located in the heart of the financial services and fashion centres of the city, and has strong links with industry leaders.
  • The British School of Fashion at GCU London offers world-leading fashion business education in luxury brand marketing, luxury brand management, luxury retail management and international fashion marketing.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Saltire Centre – a multi award-winning, modern learning environment that is the hub of campus and home to the university library.
  • A number of brand new, state of the art student social and study spaces in our George Moore building, which is also home to CAMPUS Life, our student support services.
  • 1,800 study places.
  • 2,135 computer workstations available across our library, study spaces and halls of residence.
  • 24-hour computer lab.
  • Industry-leading eMotion lab, fashion factory, HD TV and radio studios, Vision Centre – GCU’s state-of-the-art eye clinic, and Scotland’s first ever interprofessional simulation centre, for use by nursing students.
  • The MUGA – GCU's outdoor activity area for sports including, tennis, football, volleyball and netball.
  • Nutrition and dietetics lab.
  • Simulated surgical theatre.
  • Flexible space for group and individual work, from conference rooms to learning pods.
  • The latest in virtual-learning environments.
  • The Arc, GCU’s on campus health and wellbeing centre.
  • Award winning Students’ Association, complete with student bistro.
  • Free wi-fi.

Disability Services

  • GCU is committed to providing an inclusive experience which offers all students the opportunity to achieve their full potential and participate in university life as equally and actively as possible.
  • GCU’s Disability Team provides advice, information and services to students and prospective students, including a Needs Assessment service.
  • The team seeks to promote a learning environment which minimises the impact of disability on the student experience.
  • We provide free access to, and free training in the use of, a range of assistive technologies including text to speech, mind mapping and study apps.
  • We provide pre-entry transitional workshops and programmes for disabled students.
  • We provide specialist transitional support, mentoring and communication/social skills training to students on the autism spectrum.
  • For more information on disability services at GCU, visit our website.

Students' Union

  • All GCU students are automatically members of the Students' Association.
  • The assocation provides a range of services from advice and representation to entertainment, sports clubs and societies.
  • The purpose-built Students’ Association building has a 24-hour computer lab, radio station, advice centre, social spaces and a bistro.
  • There are around 60 societies offering activities throughout the academic year. There are course-based, cultural and faith groups as well as social, interest and hobby-based societies. If students don't see a society that suits them, they can start their own.
  • It offers volunteering and fundraising opportunities to help students develop their employability skills and meet new people.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • GCU's careers service posts a huge range of vacancies, part-time jobs, voluntary opportunities, placements and internships on its online vacancy and events service.
  • Students can register and log-in to: search for job vacancies, get daily notification of new vacancies matching saved preferences, view all forthcoming employer presentations, and reserve a place at careers service events.

Careers Guidance

  • Careers guidance is open to current GCU students at all levels of study and graduates of up to 2 years. The service includes consultation to support career choices, developing a job search strategy, weighing up the pros and cons of several possibilities or selecting the right employers to target.

Areas also covered include:

  • Career options with your degree.
  • Placement and graduate job search.
  • Further study.
  • Course withdrawal/change.
  • Work and study abroad.

Careers consultants at GCU also provide advice and support relating to:

  • CV review.
  • Covering letter.
  • Application and personal statement.
  • Job search including placements, internships, graduate and part-time.
  • Recruitment including interviews, assessment centres and tests.

Interview coaching is available, as well as organised group discussions on career-related topics.

  • Sessions are on a distinct theme and are aimed at those who have an interest in the topic and wish to get involved in a peer-to-peer discussion.
  • The Careers Consultant supports the discussion with advice and resources.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The campus has been transformed by a £30m campus develpoment that includes a contemporary new restaurant, student café and dedicated hub for Student Services, state-of-the-art teaching spaces and a 500-seat lecture theatre and conference venue.

Notable Alumni

Alumni notable for their work in certain fields. Particularly successful or well-known alumni include:

  • Rhona Martin MBE – Scottish curler who skipped the gold medal-winning Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002.
  • Khalid Abdulrahim – CEO and Chairman of construction company, Cebarco Bahrain which has an order book of over US$1 Billion and over 4,500 staff.
  • Dr Lena Wilson – Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise.
  • Laura Bartlett – member of Team GB hockey squad who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
  • Gary Lewis – actor, Billy Elliot, My Name is Joe, Mo, True North, Ae Fond Kiss, and Gangs of New York.
  • Professor David Gartry – first to perform laser eye surgery for short-sightedness in the UK.
  • David Sibbald OBE – Prior to founding Sumerian and Aridhia, David co-founded Atlantech Technologies, which was sold to Cisco systems in March 2000 for $180milion. David is also a Vice-President of UK UNICEF, the United Nations children’s fund.
  • Professor Ian Deary – Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and internationally renowned for his work on human cognitive ageing and cognitive abilities.
  • Ian McLeod – former Chief Executive of Celtic Football Club, now CEO of multimillion dollar supermarket chain Coles in Australia.
  • Drew McIntyre – WWE superstar.
  • Gordon Smith – former Rangers football player, former BBC pundit and former Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association.
  • Phyllida Law – acclaimed actress and writer.
  • Pat Nevin – Former footballer, Anti-Apartheid campaigner.
  • Anna Sloan –Olympic bronze medal-winning curler.
  • Sean Michael Wilson – Manga comic book writer
  • Henry Simmons – Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Scotland.

Further Details

Address Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA
UCAS Code G42