University of Strathclyde

  • 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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    4.01 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

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

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    3.04 / 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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    71.7 / 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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    77.8 / 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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    87.2 / 100.0


  • 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Student Mix

The 21,210 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%


  • UK 82%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%

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 online.
  • The International Study Centre offers international students on campus degree preparation for undergraduate and 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.

Teaching Standards

  • In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, 87% of our final-year undergraduates agreed they were satisfied with the quality of their course overall – a higher rating than the UK or Scottish averages. Our students rate the university higher than the UK averages for Learning Resources, Personal Development and the Students' Union. The university was also rated 1st out of all Scottish universities for Library Resources and Services.
  • The University of Strathclyde was reviewed under the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Enhancement Led Institutional Review 3 method in Spring 2014, and received the highest commendation. The university was judged as having effective arrangements for managing academic standards and the student learning experience, and that these arrangements are likely to continue to be effective in the future.
  • Strathclyde Business School has been triple accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA for more than 10 years. In addition to this faculty-level accreditation, individual departments have received accreditation for subject- specific courses, by bodies such as CIMA, ICAS and CIPD.
  • The Faculty of Science offers a professionally-accredited education based on theory, supported by experiential learning, including industrial placements, guest lectures from industry and innovative learning methods. For example, MPharm students use SimMan mannequins to understand the effect of medicine and to practice clinical skills. This provides our graduates with the practical experience and skills required to excel in their future careers.
  • All degree programmes in the Faculty of Engineering are professionally-accredited through the Engineering Council, providing qualifications towards Chartered Engineer status. The Faculty has one of the largest scholarship programmes in Europe, giving opportunities for paid vacation placements and internships with a range of engineering companies.
  • Many courses within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are accredited by appropriate professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society, the Law Society of Scotland, the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, and our graduates obtain employment in a wide variety of professional careers within the private, public and third sectors.

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 (REF 2014) 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 REF 2014 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–US Fulbright Commission, one of the world’s most prestigious international exchange programmes.

Undergraduate Courses

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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 and Technical Services on our website.


  • The library holds extensive print collections as well as providing access to hundreds of thousands of electronic books and journals that can be used 24/7.
  • 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.

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.

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. 

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 Student Rep system and an elected full-time Student Executive
  • There are over 145 clubs and societies covering a wide range of activity, from political to cultural, course-related to hobbies and interests, arts and 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.

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, and encouraged, to use the Careers Service, from commencement of study at Strathclyde University and for up to 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 various services available to them, e.g. 1:1 guidance appointments with a careers Adviser, CV checking, employer presentations and skills events. They can also attend short drop-in sessions and briefings.

  • The Careers Service also deliver practice interviews and Assessment Centres, as well as psychometric test sessions, e.g. verbal and numerical reasoning, to prepare effectively for the placement, internship and graduate job market. Careers sessions are also delivered in many academic programmes.
  • The Resource Centre combines the latest CTouch technology with traditional hard copy books and leaflets, to give you access to up to date careers information.
  • The Careers Service 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

The university is investing £350m 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 £38m investment in the new Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences quarter.
  • The £12.5m 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 £39m refurbishment project was completed in 2014 consolidating five Faculty of Engineering departments together to facilitate greater collaboration, improve research capabilities and enhance the student experience.
  • The university also opened its £14m 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. An £11m Phase 2 has been completed and opened in 2014.
  • Investment of £12m in the John Anderson building to consolidate it as the base for the Department of Physics which was completed in 2015.
  • A £23m investment in the University's Strathclyde Business School, which was completed in August 2015.
  • The £89m Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde to further the university's close links with industry which was formally opened by the Queen in July 2015.
  • A £16m investment in a Combined Heat and Power Plant with District Energy Network will significantly reduce the university's energy costs and achieve a reduction in CO2. This project will commence in 2016 for completion at the end of 2017.
  • 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, and will include enhanced teaching and learning accommodation.
  • Approval has been given for a new £33m Sports Health and Wellbeing building which will completed by August 2018.
  • A feasibility study has commenced for Student Learning and Teaching Facilities, to include Student Union accommodation and Student Services in a consolidated facility.

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
  • Dr 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 – non-executive Chairman-designate, Croda International
  • John Giannandrea – Vice-President of Engineering, Google Inc
  • Peter Gibbons – EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer at Mattel 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 – Associate Director with the University of Stirling; a Non-Executive Director at Glasgow Caledonian University School for Business and Society and Non-Executive Director for Strathclyde's Design Manufacturing & Engineering Management advisory board.
  • Jim McColl, OBE – founder, Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital
  • Mairi Mickel – Chair of Mickel Fund
  • Denise Mina – author
  • Baroness 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
  • Mr Maurice V Taylor CBE – hotelier and entrepreneur
  • Peter Taylor – entrepreneur and former Chairman of the Town House Collection (hotels)
  • Robert Thom – inventor of water filtration systems
  • Mr Ivor S Tiefenbrun MBE – Managing Director, Linn Products
  • Marion Venman – Head of Legal, Scottish Power (also on University Court)
  • 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

Further Details

Address University of Strathclyde
16 Richmond Street
G1 1XQ
UCAS Code S78