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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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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.
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.
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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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, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Slavonic 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.
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 100, ranked 71th 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.
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.
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 "
"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."
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.”
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.”
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."
MEd Children’s Literature & Literacies