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Glasgow Caledonian University



Glasgow Caledonian University is one of Scotland’s largest universities with more than 20,000 students, including international students from more than 100 different nations from around the world. Its campuses are self–contained and located in the heart of both London and Glasgow city centres.

The university is comprised of four academic schools, Glasgow School for Business and Society; School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment; School of Health and Life Sciences; and the postgraduate school in London.

Glasgow School for Business and Society is reputed for creating innovative degree courses, in areas like e-business, risk management, and international fashion marketing. Its students are equipped with the up to date learning facilities and the school has a long-standing history of delivery work-based and remote teaching.

Many of its courses are accredited by several professional bodies. The teaching and learning facilities offered include a law clinic and media and communication studies, providing industry-led experiences.

The university’s modern campus in the heart of the welcoming and dynamic city of Glasgow offers an excellent learning environment. The facilities offered include the Sir Alex Ferguson library which provides social learning spaces and those for quiet study.

It facilitates academic and research links, as well as international student and staff exchanges through its international partnerships in India, China, the US and other countries.

Glasgow Caledonian University offers a scholarship package of GBP 2 million every year. GCU also offers students overseas placements. The vast majority of graduates are in further study or find work within six months of completing their education. Not only does GCU offer a number of innovative and specialised courses, but university lecturers have industry contacts to help students with future career opportunities and placements.

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Rankings climb

GCU has climbed 16 places in the 2020 Guardian University Guide, being ranked 80th in the UK. The move up the rankings represents recognition of the development and improvements being made at the institution.

Furthermore, courses in podiatry and social work both placed within the top ten in the country.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said, “We are delighted that our university has risen in this prestigious guide, particularly in recognition of teaching satisfaction and graduate employment."

“This is an excellent result, especially when combined with our improved position in the Complete University Guide and our placement in the top 50 in the World in the Times Higher Education Social Impact Ranking."

“I always stress that our commitment as the university for the common good is about much more than league tables. However, this result demonstrates that we can deliver academic excellence, as well as wider social benefit, and is testament to the outstanding efforts of our staff, students and university community to build, improve and ensure GCU makes a real difference to the communities we serve.”

Praise from First Minister

GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice has been hailed as world-leading by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

She remarked at a climate conference, “I think the Centre for Climate Justice is world leading. It is putting front and centre the issue of justice and how we tackle climate change, and it is doing it from here in Glasgow.”

Sturgeon added, “I think that is hugely important for the whole country, not just the university, so I want to pay tribute to everybody who works in and for the centre and has put this conference together because they are performing an important role for the entirety of the planet.”

Covid-19 updates

GCU is committed to ensuring that students are kept up to date with all developments and measures in place to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Glasgow Caledonian University is known for providing top-class teaching quality with highly regarded faculty. The teaching staff are led by social activist and philanthropist, Dr Annie Lennox OBE, who is Chancellor of the University, whilst Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus holds the role of Chancellor Emeritus.

On a day to day basis, students are supported by teaching staff who bring a mixture of academic and practical expertise with relevant experience in their fields from around the globe.

GCU strives to explore and utilise new, innovative learning methods and has aimed to do this in a number of ways. For instance, the School of Health and Life Sciences has adopted the use of virtual learning with a 3D world for certain projects and uses a virtual hospital to help its students.

Department structure

Department structure

Glasgow Caledonian University is divided into four separate schools, each housing more specific and specialised departments within them. These academic schools offer a range of course programmes to different levels and provide high-quality teaching, research opportunities and consultancy services. The four schools are:

The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment

One of the UK’s leading building and surveying schools, also carrying out extensive research in partnership with industry, commerce and other academic institutions in the UK and overseas.

The Glasgow School for Business and Society

Integrates the areas of business, law and social sciences, ensuring students are well-placed to meet business and society needs. Offers an international outlook with commitment to development of global partnerships.

The School of Health and Life Sciences

Provides a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer across various disciplines of health, nursing and social care, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and vision sciences.

GCU London

Located in an ultra-modern environment in the heart of London, the professional postgraduate university campus offers high quality teaching and global industry partnerships.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Students for whom English is not a first language are required to prove their English language proficiency in order to gain admission to GCU.

For those not meeting minimum requirements, the university offers a range of academic and English language pathway programmes for university courses, with fully accredited study.

Successful completion of one of these courses can lead to admission to a full GCU undergraduate or postgraduate course. Otherwise, applicants must prove proficiency by achieving one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS Average Score of 6, with at least 5.5 in each section.
  • TOEFL Internet based test overall score of 78 with minimum scores of reading at 18, listening at 17, speaking at 20 and writing at 17.
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 54 with no less than 51 in any element.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum Grade C
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) - Pass at Level III
Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Generous scholarship packages are offered at Glasgow Caledonian University, with a long-standing belief that top-class education should be accessible to all. It gives out GBP 2 million of awards each year to help students fund their studies.

A wide range of these are designed to help international students, whether studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Some of the scholarships and financial aid on offer includes:

International Loyalty Discount

Generous GBP 5,000 discount from course tuition fees for returning international students.

US Common Good Scholarships

Graduate study discounts for those from the U.S. on selected postgraduate programmes.

There are also a range of course-specific scholarships, benefiting those studying STEM subjects, international fashion, engineering or other degrees.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

An emphasis is placed on employability and developing skills that are work focused. Graduates leave with skills which employers can take on with confidence, with the majority of students finding work or further study within six months of graduation.

A wide range of courses at the university are career-focused, including practical work placements and helping students develop necessary skills for the real world. These include communication, problem-solving and other characteristics that are desirable to employers.

Many courses have accreditation with professional bodies, plus staff have built up close industry links over a number of years. Teaching and learning facilities are also considered amongst the most innovative in the UK.

Alumni have gone on to achieve outstanding success around the world, with the help of the university’s careers service.

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Excellent University provided with friendly faculties. The best professor of my Educational Career was Strategic Management Faculty Alec Wersun of GCU. To know more about him, please visit and search Alec Wersun.

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QS World University Rankings 2020-2021
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020-2021
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