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Postgraduate Study at the University of Glasgow

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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The University of Glasgow

  • has been named Scottish University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
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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
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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.

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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 Funding.

New EU Scholarships

The University of Glasgow continues to be committed to ensuring a strong relationship with our existing and future EU students, and supporting EU talent to make their home at the University of Glasgow. We appreciate the challenging financial implications that have arisen as a result of Brexit, and are therefore delighted to announce the introduction of our EU scholarships for new incoming students.

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Ranked in the world's top 100 for Arts and Humanities, the University of Glasgow is based in one of Europe’s most cultural and exciting cities. The College of Arts at Glasgow is home to over 6,000 students and a growing international student population of almost 1,000 students from across the globe. We have specialised in the research and teaching since 1451 and developed wide-ranging expertise and world-leading research.

The College brings together four schools and their subjects;

School of Critical Studies

(English Language, English Literature, Scottish Literature, Theology & Religious Studies)

School of Culture & Creative Arts

(History of Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

School of Humanities

(Archaeology, Celtic & Gaelic, Classics, History, Philosophy, Digital Humanities, Archives, Museums and Libraries)

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

(Comparative Literature, Translation Studies)

Arts & the City

The City of Glasgow is one of the cultural centres in the UK. A UNESCO City of Music, it is home to 15 major concert and music venues, 13 museums and galleries and countless international festivals. Links with these organisations has allowed us to further develop work placements, invite guest lecturers, practitioner workshops and create research opportunities for our students. Our taught programmes are developed with an understanding of the current context of the creative, cultural and heritage sectors and with the specific needs of employers in mind. This means that whether you choose to follow an academic or professional pathway once completing your postgraduate qualification, you will be perfectly positioned to do so.

Research Excellence

The College of Arts has been at the centre of the University since its inception in 1451 and from that day we have continued to produce internationally recognised research and contribute to the success of our graduates. The College’s research income and PG funding are in the UK top 10 and most subjects are consistently in the top 10 or 20 in various university guides.
In the recent research assessment exercise (REF 2014), we had top 10 results for Celtic & Gaelic (overall and for outputs), English Language and Literature (environment), History (impact and environment), History of Art (impact and environment) and Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (environment, joint first place); and top 20 results for Celtic & Gaelic (environment), Classics (overall, outputs, impact and environment), History (overall), Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (overall and outputs), Theology and Religious Studies (impact).
Globally, Glasgow’s Arts and Humanities is ranked among the world’s top 70, ranked 62nd in the QS top university rankings.

The Kelvin Hall is a result of the partnership between the University of Glasgow, the National Library of Scotland and the city of Glasgow. It provide access to Glasgow Museums' Social History, Mackintosh, Archaeology and furniture collections through tours, events and temporary displays.

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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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The College of Science and Engineering brings together the study of chemistry, computing science, engineering, geographical & earth sciences, mathematics & statistics, physics & astronomy and psychology.

We work to understand the world we live in, to do research that is relevant to global needs and to help create the emerging technologies of the 21st century. Study with us, and you can benefit from the expertise of our world-leading academics and gain a degree with the accreditation you need for a successful career.

We are internationally renowned for research and teaching excellence and provide a wide range of opportunities for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary study within a diverse postgraduate community. There are exciting opportunities to undertake cutting-edge and innovative research not only in established discipline-based areas, but also in cross-cutting research themes where our core strengths are combined.

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The College of Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow comprises five schools and a joint research institute. We bring together inspiring people in a creative, engaged and collaborative environment for learning and research in order to engender positive social change.


What courses do we offer?

· Adam Smith Business School, offering programmes in Accountancy and Finance, Economics, and Management

· School of Education

· School of Interdisciplinary Studies (located on our beautiful Dumfries campus), offering programmes in Environment and Sustainability, Tourism and Heritage

· School of Law

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

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