• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.10 / 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 high-quality 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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    81.4 / 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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    83.1 / 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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    88.6 / 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Teaching Methods

  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • 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.

Disability Services

  • 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.

Students' Union

  • 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.

Careers Guidance

  • 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.

Student Mix

Student population


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%

Student gender

  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • 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.

Further Details

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