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The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017.

Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933.

The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics to European Studies.

The university consists of four colleges:

  • College of Arts
  • College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Social Sciences

There are three campuses making up the university. Gilmorehill Campus – this is the main campus and it centres on a grand neo-gothic building, with modern facilities and stunning views across the city. There is also Garscube Campus, home to the universities outdoor sports facilities and Dumfries Campus, which is surrounded by 85 acres of parkland.

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city has a great range of sport facilities, and was host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. With a thriving cultural scene, there are plenty of museums, galleries and theatres to explore in your spare time. The streets are lined with a vast mix of historic Victorian buildings and modern skyscrapers, making up the many shops, bars and restaurants around the city.

It is consistently ranked in the top 100 of world universities, coming 65th in the QS World University Rankings 2018. It was ranked joint 88th in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2016/17. The university also came 2nd in the postgraduate category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

University of Glasgow students on Postgraduate Search say:

“Very nice environment, vibrant and inspiring. I also like how international this uni is with many different cultures and friendly staff and interesting courses on offer.”

“I have very strong tutors and excellent classmates. The feeling is collaborative. Students help each other. Motivation is high and our output is of high quality.”

“It has been fantastic. I have felt part of a real community here, and feel that my academic work has improved immensely as a result of studying at University of Glasgow.”

“It is an amazing journey. It gives me lots of platform to explore and learn what I'm interested in. Also it advances my knowledges and employability skills, which is a boon for my future.”

“The experience has been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and being a student at the University of Glasgow. The campus is beautiful and makes you proud to attend this university.”


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About the University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of Scotland’s four ancient universities and was founded in 1451. The University has over 5,000 students taking up its postgraduate taught degrees and has more than 2,000 researchers. It offers postgraduate study options in various areas including various areas including Education, Social Sciences, Law, Business and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

18% Part Time
82% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

20,775 Undergraduate
9,005 Postgraduate

New students
Source: HESA, 2019


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