University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world. Inspirational world changers throughout history have studied at the University, including economist Adam Smith, pioneer of television John Logie Baird and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Being one of the UK’s most ancient universities, the University of Glasgow has an extraordinary legacy.

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University of Glasgow Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom

Number of students

  • 25,000


  • Adam Smith Business School
  • Dental School
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computing Science
  • School of Critical Studies
  • School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • School of Humanities | Sgoil nan Daonnachdan
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • School of Physics and Astronomy
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Social and Political Sciences
  • School of Veterinary Medicine

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Smith, father of economics
  • James Watt, inventor of the steam engine
  • Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Prime Minister
  • Andrew Bonar Law, Prime Minister
  • 7 Nobel Prizes (in Chemistry, Medicine and Peace)


Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Veterinary Studies
  • Medicine related subjects
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Business & Management


The University of Glasgow is a member of the Russell Group of research-led Universities, having an annual research income of more than £200m.

In 2016, physicists at the University made a leading contribution to the first ever detection of Gravitational Waves.

The university is a member of the Russell Group of research-led universities and was a founding member of the organisation, Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.


in the World

QS World University Rankings, 2018


in the UK

QS World University Rankings, 2018


oldest English speaking university in the world


The City of Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the 3rd largest in the UK, widely renowned for its culture and the friendliness of its people.

As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has one of the best live-music scenes in Britain.

Just one hour away from Edinburgh by train and one hour and 25 minutes from London by plane!

Other information

Programmes in the spotlight


  • Medical research and teaching ranked amongst best in the world

The University of Glasgow has reached a world top 50 position for clinical, pre-clinical and health in the influential Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.

The new position marks a jump of ten places to 47th in the world in the annual league table and is the result of recent success in areas such as medicine, dentistry, public health and nursing.

Master programmes

  • Sustainable Water Environments

The Masters in Sustainable Water Environments will provide multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise in river catchment, lake and coastal environments, with a focus on the impact of and adaptation to changing environments. The programme is designed to enable an in-depth and critical understanding of contemporary global issues in surface water environments including climate and land use change, flood risk, restoration, ecosystem health, and associated management perspectives.

  • Aerospace Engineering

The Masters in Aerospace Engineering is a multi-disciplinary programme that covers all aspects of modern aircraft design. This involves developing essential knowledge and skills in advanced aerodynamics and aerospace systems. By choosing specific options in the second semester the degree programme can be tailored to provide specialisms in either Aeronautics or Systems.

The University of Glasgow has been the home of Aerospace Research for over 60 years. This long-standing activity has culminated in the Division of Aerospace Sciences having been internationally recognised expertise in all areas of Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems.

Undergraduate courses

  • Nursing BN

Nurses form the largest group of staff in the NHS and are a crucial part of a healthcare team. During periods of clinical practice, you will be supported by a named registered nurse mentor, with clinical teaching support provided by a member of academic staff. Nursing at Glasgow is ranked 1st in the UK according with The Complete University Guide, 2017.

You will study a range of subjects including nursing, health studies, social sciences, life sciences, and moral philosophy and ethics.


Glasgow Staff

  • Professor Tom Evans


Tom Evans is Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University of Glasgow and a Consultant in Infectious Disease and General Medicine. He trained in Medicine and Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and then specialised in Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London before moving to Glasgow in 2003.

His research interests are in the immune responses to bacterial infections, particularly Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as the development of more effective therapies for hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as part of the Scottish Government funded Scottish Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention Institute (SHAIPI). He is on the Editorial Board of the Journals Immunology and Future Microbiology and serves on the National Training Group for Infectious Diseases. He is Chair of the Department of Health’s expert Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens.

  • Professor Susan Waldron


Prof. Susan Waldron is a Chair in Biogeochemistry and heads the Carbon Landscape Research Group ( A geologist by training, her research has focused on C and macronutrient cycles, and biogeochemical processes that link soils and catchment drainage have been a key component of her activity. Her PhD was on methane production by bacteria and she then managed stable isotope facilities for ecologists and environmental scientists, before an Advanced Research Fellowship to study the role of rivers in the C cycle. She has particularly focused on disturbed systems and has been lucky to be able to travel to some of the most sensitive landscapes to study the C cycle.

Susan is also Dean for Graduate Research in the College of Science and Engineering and so is committed to supporting the development of those interested in research training and post-graduate study and she can also discuss this aspect of career development, being a University of Glasgow alumni herself, having completed her PhD with Glasgow.


According to the latest data available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (2014/15 cohort), one year after graduation 94.9% of Glasgow's graduates are in employment or further study.


The University of Glasgow has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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