University of Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland


The University of Glasgow (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Ghlaschu; Latin: Universitas Glasguensis; abbreviated as Glas. in post-nominals) is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and St. Andrews, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the Russell Group and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

In common with universities of the pre-modern era, Glasgow originally educated students primarily from wealthy backgrounds, however, it became a pioneer[citation needed] in British higher education in the 19th century by also providing for the needs of students from the growing urban and commercial middle class. Glasgow University served all of these students by preparing them for professions: the law, medicine, civil service, teaching, and the church. It also trained smaller but growing numbers for careers in science and engineering.[4] The annual income of the institution for 2017–18 was £626.5 million of which £180.8 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £610.1 million.[1]

The University was originally located in the city’s High Street; since 1870, its main campus has been at Gilmorehill in the West End of the city.[5] Additionally, a number of university buildings are located elsewhere, such as the Veterinary School in Bearsden, and the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.[6]

Alumni or former staff of the University include James Wilson (a founding father of the United States), philosopher Francis Hutcheson, engineer James Watt, philosopher and economist Adam Smith, physicist Lord Kelvin, surgeon Joseph Lister, seven Nobel laureates, and three British Prime Ministers.

12 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Type University Public
Year Founded 1451
Size Large
28,615 Students


2,3,4,5 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Theology
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
CAE, CPE, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
UCAS Application Deadline for Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine
UCAS Application Deadline for all other undergraduate degrees

Cost and Scholarships

£ 19,320
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Humanitarian Scholarships
Total Worth Full tuition fee waiver and accommodation costs waiver for the duration of study, £4,000 per year stipend
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible applicants must Hold a firm conditional or unconditional offer for study at the University of Glasgow for 2019/20; and Have submitted, or are the dependant of someone who has submitted, an application to the Home Office for recognition as a Refugee under the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (hereafter “The Convention”) and not yet received a decision from the Home Office on that application; or Have been offered leave to remain in the UK on the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights or under Paragraphs 276ADE – 276DH of the UK Immigration Rules, provided that the student has not become eligible for Student Support from the relevant student funding body in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline June 30
Other Details The University of Glasgow is offering 4 scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £4,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. The university is also offering 4 scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.
Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships for International students
Total Worth a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible, applicants must be classed as International students for fee purposes hold an offer of a place for an undergraduate programme for 2019 demonstrate excellent academic achievement before starting University, students achieving (or predicted to achieve) the following A Level / IB grades (or local equivalent) are guaranteed a scholarship offer
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details The University of Glasgow has a total of 100 Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new international students. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.
RUK Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth £1,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements AAA or better attained in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent) during the year of application or the prior academic year. Nursing, Product Design, Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details Eligible countries:England, Northern Ireland, and Wales