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Overview
Overview

Overview

The University of Glasgow welcomes students from over 140 countries around the world, offering a modern learning environment in the largest city in Scotland.

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 main campuses making up the university – Dumfries Campus, surrounded by 85 acres of parkland, Garscube Campus, which is home to the outdoor sports facilities, and the neo–Gothic Main Building at Gilmorehill Campus, which is 3 miles away from the city centre, and so beautiful that even wedding functions are held there!

Alumni of the university include seven Nobel Prize winners, a Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity back in 1933. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group.

Glasgow town centre is home to many cultural venues, including numerous theatres, concert halls, galleries and museums. The streets are lined with Victorian buildings and modern skyscrapers, hosting high street stores, restaurants and over 700 of bars and clubs.

University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“So far my university experience has been very good, I have met many nice and open people. Lots of good facilities and a nice location, easy to access lots of places.”

“Academically and socially my experience at Glasgow university has been very positive. The teaching and feedback are excellent, facilities are excellent and so are the societies.”

“I've had a great university experience-I absolutely love Glasgow and would readily recommend it to anyone. Most of my positive experiences are tied to my involved in the Students' Representative Council.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

There is a Careers Service available to all students at the university, offering help with cover letters, creating a CV and practising interview questions. You will also be able to book coaching appointments and careers interviews with an advisor, while a number of work-related workshops and seminars are organised throughout the year.

Online, the Internship Hub posts current opportunities from businesses in the local area, while a Jobshop run by the Student’s Representative Council advertises part time work. Volunteering opportunities and advice on networking with professionals can also be found. There’s also a startup support initiative that helps students set up their own business, providing expertise on things such as sourcing funds.

Student reviewers seem happy with the career guidance and are confident that they’ll be able to find work once they graduate. And they wouldn’t be alone, as 93% of graduates enter work or further education within six months of leaving the uni.


University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Career fairs, some courses (like mine) offer work placements, lots of internships, work at university through being a guide, there is a careers department where you can go for questions about your CV / applications / interviews.”

“The careers department is fantastic and tonnes of opportunities are available. Students aren't the best at grasping at opportunities but they are there.”

“Regular talks from the careers advisor in labs and regular opportunities of summer research trips.”

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

There is a wide range of programmes on offer for you to study, including Professional Degrees in areas such as engineering, accounting and dentistry. These degrees follow a set curriculum, focusing on the requirements of your chosen industry to make sure that you are fully prepared for work after graduating.

It is also possible to fast track your studies and enter directly into second year, if you have exceptional A Level grades – saving you some money and allowing for you to find work sooner.

Teaching mixes practical skills with taught concepts and theories. Reviewers praised the fact that many of the degrees included field trips and the opportunity to study abroad for part of the course. In their reviews, students also regularly applauded the lecturers for their passion, knowledge and support.

University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Very practical, teachers choose engaging material, teachers offer extra help and advice where needed.”

“Most lectures are recorded, good use of seminars and tutorials and revision sessions before exams, all course convenors are approachable for questions whenever.”

“I like the level of interaction and breadth of topics covered.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Glasgow is unique in that it has two Unions, something our student reviewers are very impressed by. Glasgow University Union (GUU) has everything a student needs within the stunning old building and purpose built nightclub, with no fewer than 9 bars, 2 libraries, a debating chamber (five World University Debating championships to its name), snooker and pool hall, convenience store and coffee shop serving Starbucks.

Queen Margaret Union hosts new music, local bands, big name acts, student run club nights and a variety of events from quizzes to open mic nights and a fortnightly poetry night “Aloud”.

The Student’s Representative Council (SRC) is the voice of the student by campaigning and sitting on all the major University committees.  It’s run by student for students. Find out more.

 

University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Greatest students’ union in the country.”

“It's really good. Glasgow has two unions, both huge and both very different in character, which is pretty special. The unions are very active, there's loads of societies, moreover, the unions are very supportive of societies and will give you space and advice for free, if you register.”

“I think the unions are great. Both QMU and GUU have their own personality as well as the Post Grad and sports unions. There are so many events on every day of the week as well as good food!”

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

WUSCA Accommodation ranking The Accommodation ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
4th/98

The university has a number of student halls scattered around the city, all varying in walking distance to the main campus (the furthest is 45 minutes away). Facilities include 24/7 security, a bike shed, laundry facilities, a TV area or common room, Wi-Fi and the choice of an en-suite or shared bathroom facilities.

There is also the option to live in Wolfson Hall - a catered site serving breakfast, brunch and dinner. For those of you wishing to skip the notorious ‘first-year’ halls experience, then PAD (Private Accommodation Database) lists registered and approved accommodation on its site.

Yearly prices vary depending on where you stay, and detailed information can be found on the University of Glasgow site.

University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Great, supportive staff, close to uni and easy to maintain.”

“The accommodation is nice with friendly staff and a good room. I share with 4 other students and we have a big kitchen with 2 big fridges. All repairs are done fairly quickly and social events can be held at the common room.”

“My accommodation provides a great opportunity to meet new people and form new friendships. It's also a place that i learned to call my second home.”

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2,640

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The universities library boasts over 2,200 study spaces, hundreds of PCs and an impressive collection of rare books, archives and manuscripts. There are also group study areas, silent zones, social learning spaces and a café – because procrastination happens in the library too.

There are another ten cafes and restaurants across the different sites, as well as several cash machines, a second- hand bookshop (meaning student-friendly prices), an art gallery, a sports shop and a mailroom.

Two sports centres are located in the Stevenson Building and Garscube Sports Complex, where facilities include a 6- lane swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, 2 exercise studios and a sauna.

 

University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Brilliant.”

“I love our library and the gym. I use these the most. I really like the new Mary Stewart building at the vet campus too.”

“Toilets are well maintained and clean. There's even free sanitary towels for women in toilets along the lines of a donation box - take when you need, donate when you have spare which is a good idea. There's unisex toilets available. Plenty of food areas on campus and vending machines. Printing and computer access is very good as well.”

City life
City life

City life

Glasgow made it into the top three of our Whatuni student rankings, with reviewers describing the city as ‘lively’ and ‘friendly’.

As the largest city in Scotland, it is famous for its world-class culture, including the Huterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Science Centre and The People’s Palace - where the 2014 Commonwealth Games were held.

Searching for a pint of craft beer will be an easy challenge, with over 700 traditional pubs, student-friendly hangouts and trendy hipster bars scattered around the city. There are also two football stadiums, seven cinemas, shopping centres, one-off boutiques and a host of cafes and restaurants to keep you entertained. Music fans will also be pleased to know that Glasgow is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, and hosts over 130 music events every week. And when you are in need of a bit of peace and quiet, there are 90 parks and public gardens to wander through.


University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Best city I have lived in. Glasgow is a vibrant, exciting place to live and study with countless activities on offer.”

“Glasgow is an amazing city. Moving from a medium sized city, I really like how genuinely big and diverse Glasgow is. It's very much a city of districts and there's so much going on all the time.”

“Oh man, Glasgow is the best place to live! The best place for a music lover, or culture lover in general. So many things to do, so many cultures mingling together! There's a great night life, plenty of options to culturize yourself (opera, museums, etc) and so many different people to meet!”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.00 - £3.50

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

WUSCA Societies and sports ranking The Societies and sports ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
9th/131

The University of Glasgow has over 250 Clubs and societies so there’s definitely something to suit all tastes and interests! 

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University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“Great, the university life is very active and it's easy to get involved.”

“I'm an active member of the taekwondo club, which I really enjoy! There are clubs and societies of all kinds at the uni here, I would recommend to join at least one.”

“There seems to be an infinite number of societies at University of Glasgow. Recently a 'hummus lovers society' has been created! So you could never complain of not finding something of your liking! People tend to be very nice and welcoming and it's so easy to make friends that like the same things that you do! Same goes with sport clubs, there's one for everything!”

Student support
Student support

Student support

There are individual support services dedicated to helping you with your finances, finding accommodation and looking for a job.  There is also a confidential disability service and support for international students, while The Students’ Representative Council offer a Nightline service – where you can call anytime between 7 pm – 7 am and have a confidential chat about any problems you may be facing.

Counselling workshops, groups and courses are also available for you to attend, as well as one-to-one sessions, practicing techniques such as Mindfulness – to help beat any stress-related worries.  You will also be assigned a tutor, where you can discuss any academic worries with them.


University of Glasgow students on Whatuni say:

“My academic tutors are excellent and have supported me greatly, both with my research and in terms of pastoral care. I had a succession of family issues last year involving illnesses and both of my supervisors were compassionate and helpful, securing an extension on my annual submission. I have used the financial aid service and found it to be helpful.”

“Academic support is very good. I have disability support from the university which I think is great.”

“I am highly pleased with the counselling offered at university. So far they have been a better support than the NHS has been to me. The lecturers and tutors have always been very welcoming and happy to explain if I had doubts, so all in all, I am very pleased to how welcoming the uni experience is being.”

Fees
Fees

Fees

Find out more about the university's fees here.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

There are over 20 scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.  Here are some of the main ones.

Access Bursary
£2,000 - £3,000 in the first year and £1,000 - £2,000 in the years after is rewarded to talented students with a household income of less than £42,600 a year.

Beaconhouse Schools
15% discount in the first year is given to students from Beaconhouse Schools.

Commonwealth Scholarship Schemes
A range of scholarships is available for Commonwealth citizens wanting to study in the UK.

Stirlingshire Educational Trust
A grant is provided to students who have lived for 5 years in Stirlingshire, or was born there. Grants vary depending on circumstances.

Undergraduate Excellence

£20,000 is awarded to 30 international students who have achieved academic excellence throughout their studying.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships
£1,000 is awarded to 50 students who are facing financial difficulties and who are achieving their required grades in order to help them continue their studies at university.

Find out more

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Biological Sciences

The courses in this department encourage you to carry out independent research, with opportunities to extend the degree and study abroad.

Psychology

The undergraduate degree is accredited by the British Psychology Society. The course aims to teach you about the main areas of psychology, and apply them to an independent research project. Graduates have gone on to work as forensic psychologists, occupational psychologists and as researchers in higher education.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To gain a place on a course such as Human Biology, you will be needing to have achieved AAB – BBB at A level – with a B or above in Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry.

To study Psychology, you will need to have AAB – BBB at A level.

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Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

17th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2021

19th / 130

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

20,775
HIGH
  • Full-timePart-time
    88%12%
  • School leaversMature students
    76%24%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    70%30%
  • UKInternational
    80%20%
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