University of Glasgow

  • 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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    4.12 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    3.10 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

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

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    0.84 / 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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    79.5 / 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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    79.3 / 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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    88.4 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow has dedicated more than 560 years to inspiring great minds, from economist Adam Smith and pioneer of television John Logie Baird, to the writer and producer of Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat.
  • The university has inspired the talents of seven Nobel Laureates, one Prime Minister, Scotland's current 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 third largest city and one of the world’s top student cities.
  • It is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, host to around 130 music events every week.
  • Glasgow was the host to the 2014 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.
  • Glasgow has a lively nightlife with more than 700 bars, pubs and nightclubs and seven cinemas, including the tallest in the world.
  • It is consistently voted as the top place to shop in the UK, outside London’s West End.
  • Home to over 90 parks and public gardens, and has more than 20 museums and art galleries including the Riverside Museum.

Entry Requirements

  • The university attracts talented students from diverse backgrounds and welcomes applications from all with appropriate qualifications.
  • For more information on the university's entry requirements, visit our website.

Student Mix

The 26,815 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%


  • UK 73%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Course Flexibility

  • Undergraduate students can choose from more than 600 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 and undergraduate experience. Results from the National Student Survey 2014 ranked Glasgow as a top 10 institution for student satisfaction.

Research Standards

  • The university has a long-established reputation as a major research-led institution, not only in the UK but internationally, and has an ongoing focus on research excellence.
  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, Glasgow is one of the UK’s top 10 earners for research, with more than 2,000 active researchers and total earnings for research of more than £181m per year.
  • The university is made up of four Colleges, each with its own Graduate School, which provides a focus for enhancing the postgraduate student experience and driving further development of a supportive and stimulating environment for research students.

Academic Strengths

Key areas include:

  • Synthetic biology.
  • Geography.
  • Quantum technologies.
  • Virus research.
  • The UK’s only academic unit dedicated to the teaching and research of Scottish literature.

Recent developments include:

  • The Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary prize in recognition of its work to address issues arising from the spread of infectious diseases of national and international importance.
  • The announcement of more than £15m from the Scottish Funding Council to support the creation of two world-leading innovation centres at the university (one for stratified medicine and one for sensors and imaging).
  • A £5m Frontier Engineering grant to develop synthetic biology solutions to help tackle growing problems with the world’s water supply.
  • A three-year strategic immunology research collaboration with AstraZeneca; and the opening of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change (an educational policy centre which focuses on breaking the link between low educational achievement and poverty).
  • The Adam Smith Business School continues to build upon its reputation for excellence in both research and teaching.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The library has one of the largest collections in Europe providing access to 2 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.
  • The Welcome Point which helps 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.
  • The university spent more than £10m on extending the sports facilities which opened at the end of 2015.

Disability Services

  • Read about our disability services on our website; telephone 0141 330 5497; email

Students' Union

  • The university has a choice of two unions, both with distinctive characteristics: Glasgow University Union (GUU) and Queen Margaret Union (QMU).
  • 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, 2012 and 2013 it 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.
  • The Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) represents the views or all students who are involved in health and fitness, recreational and competitive sport.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university's Careers Service offers all students access to a wide range of jobs: part-time, temporary and graduate. All students have free access to advice and guidance one to one with a careers adviser, on-line and in person workshops on career planning, CV development, interview skills and job hunting.
  • The Careers Service hosts hundreds of presentations from local and global recruiters, enabling students to connect with potential employers. Students are registered with an online career management system that alerts them to events, jobs and information relevant to their career interests, and a wide range of events, including recruitment fairs, job hunting workshops and sector-specific networking events.
  • The Careers Service’s Club 21 Internship Programme offers undergraduate students high-quality work experience opportunities with a diverse range of businesses and charities, in the UK and internationally.
  • The Glasgow Careers Alumni Network puts students in touch with alumni from all over the world, who can offer them advice to support their career planning.

Careers Guidance

The university works to incorporate the qualities and abilities that employers want into your experience at university, whether you’re studying, volunteering, playing sport of taking part in work placement programmes. Our dedicated careers service careers advisors offer one-to-one support from professionally trained advisers including:
  • Access to thousands of potential employers for work experience.
  • Internships and jobs.
  • Training and coaching in job-hunting technique.
  • Help to build your CV and job applications.
  • Our careers service can also provide opportunities to meet global recruiters on campus, links to postgraduate study in the UK and overseas, and an online career management system that alerts you to jobs relevant to your careers interests.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In the past decade around £300m has been invested into facilities across the university. Plans are in place to invest £160m more by 2015.
  • The university is planning large scale redevelopment in the coming years as a result of acquiring ownership of the site of the current Western Infirmary, which closed in 2015, when most services will be transferred to the new Glasgow South Hospitals campus. 
  • The extension of the sport facilities on its main campus alongside a redevelopment of one of the university’s two student unions was completed towards the end of 2015.

Notable Alumni

In the histories of the arts and the sciences, the names of Glasgow scholars occur frequently and prominently. Some of which include:

  • William Thomson, Lord Kelvin – began his studies at the University of Glasgow in 1834 at the age of 10. He returned at the age of 22 and took up the chair of Natural Philosophy (Physics), a post he held for 53 years. Arguably the pre-eminent scientist of the nineteenth century, he enjoyed an international reputation for theoretical and practical research across virtually the entire range of the physical sciences. Such is his standing in the scientific community, he was buried next to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey.
  • Adam Smitheconomist, philosopher and author of Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was only 14 when he started as a student at Glasgow. In 1751 he returned as Professor of Logic, transferring to the Chair of Moral Philosophy shortly afterwards.
  • Emeli Sandéchart topping singer/songwriter has been chosen as the University of Glasgow’s Young Alumnus of the Year for 2011.
  • Sir William Ramsay (1852–1916)received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 for his discovery of inert gases which established a new group in the periodic table.
  • Frederick Soddy (1857–1956)lectured at the university in the early 1920s. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1921 for his work on the origin and nature of isotopes.
  • John Boyd Orr (1880–1971)campaigned for an adequate diet for the people, starting during the First World War; his food plan produced a better nourished population than ever before. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949 for his work with the United Nations.
  • Joseph Black (1728–99) – taught both chemistry and medicine in the 18th-century and introduced a modern understanding of gases.
  • John Logie Baird (1888–1946) – one of television's pioneers, was attending the university when the First World War intervened.
  • James Watt (1736–1819) –conducted some of his early experiments with steam power while working at the university.
  • Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836–1908) – Prime Minister.
  • John Smith (1938–94) – former leader of the Labour Party.
  • Donald Dewar (1937–2000) – first First Minister of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Nicola Sturgeon MSP – First Minister of Scotland.

Further Details

Address University of Glasgow
University Avenue
G12 8QQ
UCAS Code G28