Glasgow University is the 4th oldest in Britain. It has a strong ecclesiastical connection having been created by Pope Nicholas V at the request of King James II. Its original focus was on preparing students for careers in law, medicine, the Civil Service and of course the Church. It is now particularly renowned for its teaching of veterinary medicine.
Glasgow University comprises three main campuses as well as other individual sites within the city. The main sites are: Gilmore campus which is located in the west end of the city, three miles from the city centre. This is where the grand main building is situated and where most of the University’s teaching and research facilities are based.
Garscube campus is four miles away and houses the School of Veterinary Medicine as well as research facilities for medicine, life science and veterinary medicine. The third campus, Dumfries, is situated two hours south of Glasgow and is home to the school of Interdisciplinary Studies which incorporates Primary Education, Health and Social Policy and Environmental Stewardship teaching programmes.
The School of Art and the Dental School, as well as other departments such as Mathematics, Law, Business and Social Sciences are located in other buildings within Glasgow city centre.
Whilst some student flats are located close to Gilmore campus, all university-owned accommodation is no more that 15-45 minutes walk from the main campus. A free minibus service until 23.00 is provided between the halls of residence and the campuses.
University of Glasgow is currently ranked =86th in the Times Higher Education rankings. Glasgow is ranked between 151-200th in the Shanghai Tong Jiao rankings. Glasgow is a member of the Russell group of universities.
University of Glasgow is ranked 12th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
Current estimates show there to be around 14,000 international students studying at Glasgow University, coming from over 140 different countries, representing approximately 40% of all students
Pathway entry for international students - Kaplan runs an international study centre in Glasgow that, offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
2020/2021 figures indicate that the student population of Glasgow University currently totals over 34,800 students. Around 21,200 are undergraduates, and around 13,500 are postgraduates.
HESA government statistics show that 95.9% of Glasgow’s graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The university offers 120 different sporting and cultural clubs and societies. Glasgow is a vibrant city and home to a vast range of cultural activities from live music venues to theatres, museums, cinemas and a centre for contemporary arts. There are over 700 pubs, bars and clubs in the city.
Having recently hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow city has a wealth of excellent sporting venues and facilities. In addition, the university owned Stevenson building on the Gilmorehill campus in the west end of Glasgow contains a fitness suite, squash courts, saunas and a swimming pool. There is also a large new sports complex on the Garscube campus 4 miles away. The University owns a boathouse on the river Clyde for student use.
Since Glasgow University is spread across the city over three main sites as well as other satellite locations, accommodation is diverse. The University guarantees that all first year undergraduate students will be guaranteed accommodation in university-owned/leased premises or in recommended private properties. 3500 students can be accommodated in self-catered halls of residence.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £128.03 per week.
An example price for catered accommodation is £167.86 per week at Wolfson Hall.
Please note Scottish undergraduate honours degrees typically take 4 years to complete.
International undergraduate tuition fees:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £20,400 for Arts and Social Science subjects, rising to £23,950 for Science & Engineering courses. Medicine - £52,000
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
Distance learning programmes offered by Glasgow University include PgDip/PgCerts in Inclusive Education, as well as Masters degrees in Education, Creative Writing, and Global Mental Health. Glasgow also offers a range of free MOOCs (massive online open courses).