University of Glasgow
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.10 / 5.00
- 3.10 / 4.00
- 0.84 / 1.00
- 81.4 / 100.0
- 83.1 / 100.0
- 88.6 / 100.0
- The University of Glasgow has been changing the world with its research and teaching for more than 560 years, inspiring great minds from the economist Adam Smith and pioneer of television John Logie Baird, to Scotland's current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
- It welcomes students from more than 140 countries, offering a modern learning environment across two campuses in the world's friendliest city (Rough Guide 2016). A third campus in Dumfries is home to the university's School of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- The university is currently engaged in a £1bn programme of investment in its facilities, beginning with the construction of a new Learning and Teaching Hub at the centre of its main campus in the west end of Glasgow.
- The university’s doors are open to the brightest minds, regardless of background; applications are welcome from all with appropriate qualifications.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.
- Students may experience a range of contact with experts, including: large sessions lead by lecturers, small group tutorials with students and a tutor, larger group seminars allowing for student presentations, hands-on practical or laboratory sessions.
- Learning includes opportunities for students to study abroad, improve employability and take part in work placements as part of their degree.
- Assessment varies according to programme, but methods may include coursework, essays, a dissertation and/or examinations.
- Students can choose from more than 600 degree combinations: the university has a flexible degree system that means students don’t have to restrict themselves to 1 or 2 subjects when they begin their degree.
- Students can wait until the end of 2nd year before choosing their honours subjects, giving time to try out up to 4 subjects at university level so long as the course is not for a professional qualification.
- Students can complete part of their degree abroad in one of more than 180 destinations, without paying any additional tuition fee. Courses taken abroad don’t add any extra time to the degree.
Student Services and Facilities
- The university library offers 12 Wi-Fi enabled floors, 2.5m books and journals, study spaces, PCs, a café and a social learning space, and is open from 7.15am to 2am.
- The Fraser Building, at the heart of the main campus, is a one-stop-shop for a range of student services including the Student Services Enquiry Team, a GP surgery, bookstore and food court.
- The Student Services Enquiry Team can offer help with everything from council tax queries, and access to support services to guidance on a student's record.
- Specialised advisers in the Student Learning Service and Writing Service offer guidance on study strategies, essay writing, exam preparation and research.
- There is a dedicated Disability Service, which empowers students and staff with disabilities, learning difficulties and medical conditions, to experience in full what the university has to offer.
- Please refer to the university website for details or to book a consultation.
- Glasgow is unusual in that it has a choice of 2 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. It has a particularly inclusive approach and is known for charity fundraising and campaigning on campus.
- The GUU is the most successful debating institution in the world, with 5 World University Debating Championships to its name. It has been recently renovated to offer a new nightclub and coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee.
- The Student Representative Council represents students on all the main university committees and provides a range of student services, while the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) represents the views of all students who are involved in health and fitness, recreational and competitive sport.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The university Careers Service advertises part-time work for students and graduates via an online vacancy system.
- There are a wide variety of jobs available, including on-campus work such as student brand ambassadors and social media officers, Open Day guides and library support staff.
- Off-campus opportunities include city-based retail, hospitality, call centre and interpreting work.
- In addition, the SRC Job Shop specialises in advertising part-time job opportunities that are suitable for employment alongside a degree level programme of study.
- Glasgow works to incorporate the qualities and abilities that employers want into student's experiences at university, whether they are studying, volunteering, playing sport, or taking part in work placement programmes.
- Some of the services that the dedicated Careers Service offers include: 1–to-1 careers guidance from advisers, training and coaching in job hunting techniques, help with CVs and completing job applications.
- Careers, internships and specialist subject fairs that enable students to meet employers on campus.
- Exclusive access to the Network – an online networking site with advice and mentoring opportunities from alumni in 180 countries.
- The Internship Hub, which has more than 350 internship opportunities, paid and unpaid, both in term time and over summer, in a wide range of sectors.
Level of study
- Undergraduate 71%
- Postgraduate 29%
Mode of study
- Full Time 86%
- Part Time 14%
Where students come from
- UK 72%
- EU 11%
- Other 17%
- Male 41%
- Female 59%
- Since its foundation in 1451, people from the University of Glasgow have been at the forefront of innovation: James Watt gave power to the industrial revolution, Ian Donald showed the world the first ultrasound of a foetus, Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars.
- In 2016, Glasgow scientists played a leading role in one of the most exciting discoveries of the century – the historic first observation of gravitational waves and confirmation of Einstein’s last unproven theory.
- The university’s beautiful, historical campus features more than 100 listed buildings.
- Nicola Sturgeon MSP – First Minister of Scotland.
- Emeli Sande – singer songwriter and winner of Best Female Artist at the Brit Awards 2017.
- Mhairi Black – Current member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the youngest MP for 350 years.
- Katherine J Grainger – Olympic Gold medallist, London 2012, and Silver medallist, Rio 2016.
- Steven Moffat – writer and producer of British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock.
- John Boyd Orr – campaigned for an adequate diet for the people and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949 for his work with the United Nations.
- Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman – UK Prime Minister 1905–1908.
- Sir William Ramsay – received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 for his discovery of inert gases which established a new group in the periodic table.
- Adam Smith – economist, philosopher and author of Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations.
- William Thomson, Lord Kelvin – 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.
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