Scottish Universities

University of Glasgow

Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of the UK's oldest and most prestigious seats of learning, recognised Photo of Main buildinginternationally for its groundbreaking work. Glasgow welcomes students from more than 110 countries and University staff collaborate with some 200 institutions around the world.

In 2009, the University was listed among the world's top 1% universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, with a population of 600,000. The main campus is located in the cosmopolitan West End of Glasgow, just three miles from the vibrant city centre.

The only UK destination to feature in the Lonely Planet's top 10 world cities list for 2009, Glaswegians\' reputation for friendliness means that wherever you come from, it's easy to treat the city as your second home.

The University combines the benefits and security of a campus-style environment with close proximity to vibrant city life offering a legendary live music scene, countless international festivals and the best shopping in the UK outside London. If you are familiar with Glasgow, you will already be aware that sport is an integral party of city life. In 2014, Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow's location also makes it a good starting point to explore the rest of Scotland and further afield. Scotland's stunning landscapes and coastlines can easily be explored using public transport. The city also boasts excellent transport links to the rest with its two international airports.

A world leader for research

Glasgow has an enviable record for innovative research. The University of Glasgow's 2,500 researchers contribute to a groundbreaking and diverse range of projects. The latest Research and Assessment Exercise rated almost 70 per cent of the University's research as world-leading or internationally excellent, while research awards topped £116m in 2007-8. The University is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 20 major research universities in the UK.

Innovative Taught Postgraduate Programmes

The University of Glasgow's international reputation for research and teaching makes it a rewarding place for study. With over 270 taught postgraduate programmes, the University offers a wealth of studying opportunities. We are currently home to over 4,300 postgraduate students who play an important part in the life of the university.


The library is one of the best academic libraries in Europe with over two million books, ranging from medieval manuscripts to the latest electronic databases. What's more the library is a perfect place to study as it is open 361 days of the year from 7.15am to 2am. The University offers all students a wide range of computing facilities including email and internet access.

The University provides first-class sporting facilities including a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room, squash courts, swimming pool, games pitches, tennis courts, an athletics track and a cricket oval. There are more than 40 sports clubs, from Aikido to Windsurfing.

The EFL Unit runs English courses to bring students\' English up to entry level. There are Bridging Programmes in August for students preparing for Law, Business, Accounting & Finance, Medicine, or Engineering. For further details see


The University offers over 3,100 residential spaces and guarantees a place to all full-time new entrant international students studying for a degree, provided they apply by the 22 August deadline date preceding their entry to the University.

Within easy access of the campus the University has a variety of different types of accommodation available. You can choose from catered halls or self-catered flats: each consists of mainly single bedrooms and a range of communal areas such as common rooms, libraries or study areas, TV rooms and laundry facilities. All rooms have internet access and some have a telephone point.

Student life

The University has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. Glasgow's International Students Welcome Programme and Orientation Programme offers valuable support to students travelling to the city for the first time.

The International Student Support team provide a dedicated advisory service for international students on non-academic matters such as immigration, employment, finance and any other concerns. International Student Support also run a series of social events for international students and their families throughout the year.

Glasgow is one of Europe's liveliest cities with a vibrant social scene. Students can join a range of clubs and societies, including the International Society. Unusually, the University of Glasgow has two Students\' Unions on-campus: Glasgow University Union and Queen Margaret Union. Both have study rooms, cafeterias and bars, and they regularly hold concerts, club nights and comedy performances.

Every undergraduate student is allocated an adviser of studies who helps with academic decisions. Every postgraduate student has a supervisor or tutor. In addition, a counselling and advisory service is available to all students.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for admission to a postgraduate taught degree is to apply online at .

You will need to provide your final or current undergraduate degree transcript, degree certificate, two references on headed paper and a copy of the photo page of your passport. If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide proof of your English language proficiency before you can start your studies.

Graduate Contact

For further information on postgraduate study at the University of Glasgow, please contact:
Postgraduate Admissions
Recruitment and International Office
Fraser Building
University of Glasgow
65 Hillhead Street
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Phone: +44 (0) 141 330 4515
Fax: +44 (0) 141 330 4045