University of Glasgow

    Postgraduate Study at the University of Glasgow

    The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning, and is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is recognised internationally for its ground-breaking work and has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin to the father of economics Adam Smith.

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    • is ranked joint 69th in the world and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2019)
    • is ranked joint 93rd in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2019
    • is ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching (NSS 2018)
    • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016/17)
    • Glasgow is the world's friendliest city (Rough Guides 2014)
    Postgraduate Study at the University of Glasgow

    The city of Glasgow

    • is the UK’s third largest city and one of the world’s top student cities
    • has a lively nightlife with more than 700 bars, pubs and nightclubs and seven cinemas
    • is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, host to around 130 music events every week.
    • is consistently voted as the top place to shop in the UK, outside London’s West End
    • is home to over 90 parks and public gardens.
    • has more than 20 museums and art galleries including the Riverside Museum
    • has excellent transport links with two international airports

    Glasgow at a glance

    • Member of the prestigious Russell Group of 26 leading UK research intensive universities in the UK
    • Founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education
    • Annual research earnings of more than £181 million
    • 2,500 research staff
    • More than 7,000 postgraduate students
    Postgraduate Study at the University of Glasgow

    Support Services

    In order to support you prior to and during your time at Glasgow, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of services to help you make the most of your degree.


    The University of Glasgow library has one of the biggest collections in Europe and offers access to more than 2.5 million books and 30,000 e-journals. It has study spaces for 2,564 students and is open for 361 days a year. Students have access to more than 800 student PCs at the library, the largest cluster of student PCs on campus, and Wi-Fi access throughout the building.

    Postgraduate Study at the University of Glasgow


    We offer a range of comfortable and affordable accommodation options for postgraduates, from halls of residence to student apartments. Most new students and all new international students are guaranteed accommodation (subject to our admissions policy) see: Accommodation.

    Scholarships, Fees and Funding

    We understand that finance is an important area for students. The university is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. To find out what help is available, go to: Scholarships and fees and Student Finance.

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      The college brings together internationally renowned experts to advance research in medical, veterinary and life sciences. Our high quality research improves human and animal health, quality of life and the competitiveness of the UK economy.
      With over 1,200 postgraduate students, our graduate school is a thriving intellectual community, providing training and teaching for the scientists, vets, clinicians and allied health professionals of tomorrow. With ongoing scholarship opportunities and a programme of investment in buildings and equipment, you will have access to state of the art facilities, world class researchers and pioneering teaching methods.
      We also offer a skills training programme designed to help you acquire a wide range of transferable skills for your future career which could range from clinical medicine and veterinary medicine, to biological and environmental science, be it in the National Health Service, or academic, commercial or public sectors.

      Institutes and Schools

      Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine 
      A multidisciplinary research institute that integrates expertise in animal biology and ecology with that in comparative and veterinary medicine. Unique in the UK, the range of our studies spans multiple biological levels: from research into molecules and cells, to research into individuals, human populations and ecosystems. 

      Institute of Cancer Sciences
      An Institute that takes an integrated approach that ranges from chemistry and basic biological science to veterinary pathology and cancer medicine. By breaking down barriers to interdisciplinary interactions, we provide an outstanding, synergistic research environment in which to train the next generation of scientific and clinical cancer researcher leaders.

      Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
      The Institute includes both academic clinicians and research scientists who are responsible for research, teaching and the delivery of clinical services within Glasgow. Areas of expertise, each containing groups of leading, internationally respected researchers includes: vascular, pathophysiology & therapy; heart; diabetes, renal, endocrinology & metabolic disease; genetics, genomics and systems medicine; and clinical trials and implementation.

      Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
      The Institute brings together world-leading basic, applied, clinical and translational researchers to study infection, with a focus on the viral, parasitic and bacterial pathogens of both humans and animals; and immunology and inflammation, with a focus on chronic inflammatory diseases.

      Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
      The Institute has expertise covering a wide range of contemporary integrative biology, from molecules to organisms. Areas of expertise include cell engineering; plant science; molecular and cell biology; systems and synthetic biology; genetics, transgenics and functional genomics and protein characterisation.

      Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
      The Institute works to understand behaviour at multiple levels of function, from systems to cells. They integrate cutting edge research from the molecular level to human behaviour, with a strong backbone of cell signaling, stem cells, brain imaging and formal modeling, particularly in the dynamics of information processing in cortical networks.

      School of Life Sciences
      The School offers an unrivalled range of course specialisations in biological sciences to suit all interests, but broadly offer courses in:
      The biology of organisms — plants, or animals, or micro-organisms
      The molecular basis of life
      Human biology — anatomy, physiology, sports science
      Biomedical science — the biological basis of disease and its treatment: immunology, infection biology, pharmacology

      School of Medicine
      The School is renowned for pioneering teaching methods and superb facilities for study in Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.  They have one of the largest and most prestigious Medical Schools in Europe and are leading the UK with one the most important innovations in the teaching of medicine - a unique curriculum that utilises problem-based learning techniques.
      The Dental School is the second largest in the UK and provides comprehensive up-to-date facilities for patient care, student clinical practice and training, and for education and research in dental and oral diseases and disorders.

      The Nursing & Health Care School was established with the aim of producing Graduate Nurses who were grounded in health related scientific theory and now has a national and international reputation for nursing education and research with patient/client as the focus of health care.

      School of Veterinary Medicine
      The School is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world.  Their internationally accredited school provides an expert referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Welfare for animal owners and referring practitioners throughout the UK.

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      Why study at the University of Glasgow?
      • The University of Glasgow is in the top 1% of universities in the world (2012 QS World University Rankings) and is one of the UK's oldest institutions of learning, recognised internationally for its groundbreaking research. Founded in 1451, it is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.
      • International students love the Glasgow experience: the University of Glasgow is rated 1st in the UK for international student satisfaction (2011 International Student Barometer). Students in their final year of study at Glasgow report 91% satisfaction with their learning experience.
      • Glasgow is the commercial capital of Scotland and is Scotland's largest city. The University is situated in the city's attractive west end and is at the hub of one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe.

      Why study at the College of Social Sciences?
      • The College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow is internationally recognised as a leader in research and the provision of top-quality taught Masters degrees.
      • Results of the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) show excellent research performance across our subject areas. With 86% of our research activity assessed as being of international quality, and 52% world-leading or internationally excellent, we continue to be renowned for the excellence of our research.
      • Three of our subject areas are in the top 10 in the UK and four are ranked 1st in Scotland (Accountancy & Finance; Economics; Urban Studies; and Central & East European Studies), with all our subjects demonstrating strong international performance.
      • Law at Glasgow was rated 1st in the UK in the category 'career after six months’ (Guardian University Guide 2013)
      • Sociology at Glasgow was rated 1st in Scotland and 2nd across the UK as a whole (Guardian University Guide 2013)

      What courses do we offer?

      • Adam Smith Business School, offering courses in Accountancy and Finance, Economics, and Management

      • School of Education

      • School of Interdisciplinary Studies (located on our beautiful Dumfries campus) (Applied Carbon Management, Environment, Culture and Education, Environmental Science, Technology & Society, and Tourism, Heritage & Development)

      • School of Law

      • School of Social and Political Sciences, offering courses in Central and East European Studies, Economic and Social History, Politics, Sociology, and Urban Studies

      How do we support our students?

      Employability. Providing opportunities for students to enhance their employability is a key focus within the College of Social Sciences. Employability is about much more than simply getting a job after you finish your studies. It is about your achievements, understanding and personal attributes - the things that make you successful both during, and after, your time at University.

      International Support. All of our international students at the College of Social Sciences have access to a broad range of services through our dedicated International Support Officer, including study tips, information on social events, and information sessions that will be organised throughout the year.

      The Student Network. A University of Glasgow service that puts prospective, new and current students in touch with more experienced students, who have completed their first year of study and can offer guidance and support throughout your first year of study.

      What do our students say?

      "I wanted to come to Glasgow for several reasons. The university has a strong international reputation and a high calibre of teaching staff, many of whom are highly regarded in their research fields. Research is a big deal for me, as I hope to go on to complete a PhD at some point. Glasgow is an exciting, thriving urban environment and I wanted to experience a city "
      Marcelo Affonso

      "Studying at the University of Glasgow has been a great experience. I appreciated that there were a lot of course choices: in that way you could tailor-make your degree so that you academically and personally get the most out of it. Not only have I enjoyed the academic part of being in Glasgow, but the student life has definitely lived up to my expectations. There is always something going on in Glasgow and the choices are numerous."
      Ingrid Steinberg
      LLM in International Law

      “The MSc provided me with an invaluable work placement opportunity - working for Nestle Professional. This honed my skills in tackling environmental issues and deepened my knowledge of how businesses can develop sustainably. This opportunity added value to my resume and extended my social networks.”
      Yao-Ting Huang
      MSc Applied Carbon Management

      "Studying on the Masters of Law programme at the University of Glasgow was quite a change from studying law back home – to the better. The personal contact made me feel welcome and teaching as well as administrative staff were very helpful and supportive from day one. Together with the friendly and fun people I met in my course, my accommodation and the city itself, this gave me a great start here.”
      Andreas Jauch
      LLM Intellectual Propetry & the Digital Economy

      “This programme has challenged my thinking about literacy, it has also transformed my classroom practices with children and young adults."
      Emma McGlip
      MEd Children’s Literature & Literacies

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