The University of Glasgow has been a home for world-changing research and teaching for more than 560 years.

We are

  • the fourth oldest English-speaking university in the world
  • ranked in the world’s top 100
  • a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities
  • ranked joint 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of leading global institutions, and the Guild, a new European research network.

Since 1451, we’ve been tackling the world’s challenges with curiosity, innovation and partnership: nurturing seven Nobel laureates, two prime ministers, and a diverse range of renowned thinkers as they’ve worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. 

Among our inspiring people:

  • James Watt gave power to the industrial revolution
  • Adam Smith laid the foundations of modern economics
  • Joseph Lister gave us antiseptic in surgery
  • Ian Donald showed the world the first ultrasound of a foetus
  • Edwin Morgan became the first Scottish national poet
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered radio pulsars.

Today, our global community allows us to pursue the discoveries and connections that can improve our future, while our past achievements inspire our current world changers – Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger are both graduates.

We welcome 26,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from more than 140 countries, offering a modern learning environment across two campuses in a city world renowned for its friendliness and inclusiveness. A third campus in Dumfries is home to our School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Changing the future

Currently, we are engaged in a £1bn programme of investment in our facilities, beginning with the construction of a new Learning and Teaching Hub at the centre of our home in the west end.

Our ambitious investment plan will:

  • enable even more of the best minds of today and tomorrow to come together within world-class facilities
  • create large interdisciplinary research spaces that stimulate collaboration
  • establish modern student spaces that combine study and social learning space with technology enabled teaching.

We will create a campus to inspire the next generation of world changers.

Visit our website to find out more about our world-changing University community. 

Our aim is to offer the best environment for your talent to flourish. We’re a home for world changing research and teaching, so if you have an idea, if you have dedication and passion, you could have what it takes to become a UofG world changer.

University of Glasgow students are inspired by opportunities to:

Offering choice and flexibility

Our doors are open to the brightest minds, regardless of background, with a choice of 600 undergraduate degree combinations and a flexible degree system, which means that if you’re studying at undergraduate level, you may be able to try up to four subjects before choosing a specialism.

Postgraduates can choose from more than 300 taught programmes.

An impressive 95.9% of our students are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.

Visit our website to explore your study options.

A friendly city

Glasgow is the UK’s fourth largest city, and has a population of more than 60,000 students, so it has lots to offer you:

  • a lively nightlife with more than 700 bars, pubs and nightclubs and seven cinemas
  • the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, host to around 130 music events every week
  • 90 parks and public gardens
  • more than 20 museums and art galleries
  • excellent transport links, including two international airports and easy connections by road and rail throughout the UK.

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Find out more

If you have more questions about what it’s like to study at Glasgow, you can:

Our aim is a working culture that rewards and empowers.

World changing research, teaching and engagement give our University community purpose, but it is people who drive our success. We achieve our ambitions through the talent, passion and motivation of our staff; and we work to provide a world-class environment.

We are a major employer in the city of Glasgow:

  • more than 7,600 staff
  • 2,370 active researchers.

Our college system enables interdisciplinary collaboration while fostering a sense of belonging. We have four colleges, each bringing together the research and teaching expertise of a number of schools and institutes. Every college also has a graduate school.

Discover our current vacancies for academic and professional staff at the University of Glasgow.

Explore rankings data for University of Glasgow

All ranked institutions have an overall score and 4 pillar scores. However for each pillar, only institutions ranked in the top 500 overall or the top 500 in this pillar have a publicly visible score

Key statistics

  • 15.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 23,389
    Number of Students
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 36%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the 2018 World University Rankings


World Changers Welcome