UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
The University of Glasgow, founded in 1451, is one of the four “ancient universities” (universities established before the start of the 17th century) in Scotland, and the English-speaking world’s fourth oldest university. The University of Glasgow, along with the University of Edinburgh, was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. The University of Glasgow is a member of the Russell Group, and Universitas 21, an international network of research universities.
At the inception of the university, the main campus was located in Glasgow’s High street, but it was shifted to its current location – Gilmore, in the West End of Glasgow – in 1870. The university also has buildings located in other parts of the city, like the Crichton Campus in Dumfries, and the Veterinary School in Bearsden.
The University of Glasgow generates over £450,000,000 in income annually, placing it among the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom. The University of Glasgow was 59th overall in the QS World University Rankings for 2011. It moved up 5 places to 54th in the same rankings for 2012, and 51st in 2013. Recruiters from the United Kingdom’s major companies ranked Glasgow as one of the top 20 UK universities and the 3rd Scottish University, in terms of graduate employability.
The Times Higher Education’s 2017 rankings for universities places the University of Glasgow in the 88th position overall. Glasgow currently hosts fifteen Regius Professorships, which is about twice the number Oxford University has. With regards to research, the Research Assessment Exercise conducted in 2008 put the University of Glasgow as the 14thuniversity in the UK and the 2nd in Scotland in terms of “research power”.
Applicants to an undergraduate program at the University of Glasgow are expected to meet certain general and course specific requirements. The admission process at Glasgow is very competitive, and the university requires all applicants to have an extensive range of qualifications.
Acceptable qualification standards for Access to HE Diploma, the Scottish Highers, Cambridge Pre-U,A levels, BTEC level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma, the International Baccalaureate, the Welsh Baccalaureate, and Advanced Highers, are listed on the university website.
Applicants to undergraduate degree programs like Community Development, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, History of Art and Art-world practice, Music, Nursing, and some other courses, will pass through an interview stage as part of their application process. Candidates applying to Law will also be required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT), while those applying to Medicine and Dentistry will also be required to take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).
All applications to the university should be sent through (UCAS). Applicants should also note that any qualification achieved 7 or more years from the date of entry will not be considered.
Postgraduate Taught Degree Programmes
Postgraduate taught programmes either lead to the award of Masters Degrees or Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates.
These postgraduate taught courses also have varying durations. A taught masters typically lasts for a single year, while the Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate programs last for nine and five months respectively.
The majority of PGT courses at Glasgow require applicants to have achieved a second class upper or lower honours degree in their undergraduate studies. Applicants also have to upload the following documents as part of their online application:
- A scanned copy (in colour) of your original degree certificate if you have already completed your undergraduate studies. An official translation should be provided if the document is not in English.
- 2 references written on headed papers. Depending on the applicant’s chosen course, these may be academic references, professional references, or a combination of both.
- A scanned copy (in colour) of your original current or final undergraduate degree transcript. An official translation should also be provided if the document is not in English.
- A copy of your passport (the photo page), if you are an international/non-EU applicant.
- If English is not your first language, you will need to present an English Language Test report before you can commence your studies.
- Any other document listed under the entry requirements section of the webpage of your chosen course.
Postgraduate Research Degree Programmes
The Postgraduate Research degrees offered at the University of Glasgow are generally of two types: Research Masters degrees and Doctorates. Postgraduate degree programmes are usually for persons who already possess a Masters degree. For these programmes, students carry out a research work under the supervision of an academic staff member. In contrast to the Postgraduate Taught courses, postgraduate research students do not have to attend formal seminars or lectures, and their project is not formally evaluated until their final thesis has been submitted.
Applicants to Postgraduate Research Programmes are advised to identify and contact a potential supervisor before applying. They are also expected to have achieved a first or second class upper honours degree (or an international equivalent).For some courses, a Masters qualification might be required.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants (both undergraduate and postgraduate) whose first language is not English must provide proof of English Language ability. The University of Glasgow accepts the following English tests:
- IELTS (Academic)
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test)
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English
(Note that test scores are different for different courses, and you are advised to check individual course pages for accepted scores.)
Depending on the course of study, the tuition fees for the 2017/2018 session ranged between £27,750 and £46,250 for EU/UK undergraduate students and between £16,000 and £42,000 for international students. This is exclusive of some additional fees that may come up during the course of the programme.
For postgraduate students in the same session, the tuition fees ranged between £4,195, for EU/UK students, and between £16,000 and £34,850 for students from outside the EU/UK.
The University of Glasgow is in one of the top one percent of universities in the world. It is an academic institution where students are exposed to the best quality academic research and teaching standards by highly trained academic personnel.