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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world and a Top 100 world ranked university.


Inspirational world changers throughout history have studied at the University, including 8 Nobel laureates, 3 UK Prime Ministers, Scotland’s current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and famous academics and scientists such as ‘the father of economics’ Adam Smith, Lord Kelvin, engineer James Watt and Scottish inventor of television John Logie Baird.


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

Fast Facts


  • Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Number of students

  • 37,145 of which 9,500 international


The university has 4 Colleges

College of Arts

  • ArtsLab Glasgow
  • Graduate School of the College of Arts
  • School of Critical Studies
  • School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures

College of Science and Engineering

  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Computing Science
  • James Watt School of Engineering
  • School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • School of Medicine (incl School of Dentistry)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine

College of Social Sciences

  • Adam Smith Business School
  • School of Education
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Law
  • School of Social and Political Sciences

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Smith (father of economics)
  • Lord Kelvin
  • James Watt (inventor of the steam engine)
  • John Logie Baird (world’s first colour TV transmission)
  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Brunell (astrophysicist and discover of pulsars)
  • Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
  • 8 Nobel Prizes (in Chemistry, Medicine and Peace)

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Veterinary Studies
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Business & Management
  • Sport Science


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. The 2022 Times Higher Education impact rankings  placed Glasgow in the Top 20 in the world.

in the world

QS World University Rankings, 2024

in the world

THE World University Rankings, 2024

Year of Establishment

4th oldest university in the English speaking world


The City of Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the 4th largest in the UK.

Glasgow has been rated one of the top 50 cities in the world* for students and home to the second biggest student population in the UK.

Glasgow is widely regarded as the art and culture hub of Scotland, widely renowned for its culture, museums, art and music scene. As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has one of the best live-music scenes in Britain.

Glasgow is just one hour away from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and Glasgow’s international airport offers low-cost flights allowing you to explore the rest of Europe.

The Scottish Highlands, where you can find some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery, starts just north of Glasgow.

*British Council

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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.

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Scholarships and Funding

The University of Glasgow has various funding and scholarship arrangements in place for international students. Scholarships may be offered by the university itself, some by the British Government, whilst others are country-specific scholarships or study loans, part of an agreement with funding bodies across Latin America. Below is an overview of opportunities available to Latin American students interested in studying at The University of Glasgow.

For further information please do some research directly with these funding bodies, or contact the Inova Education team and we can assist you identifying opportunities available in your country. Note that in most cases you cannot apply for scholarships or study loans until after you have secured a university offer.

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