University profile

Glasgow Caledonian University

2017/18 edition

About Glasgow Caledonian University

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Glasgow Caledonian University offers a stimulating, vibrant and accessible environment for learning, teaching and applied research. Nearly 17,000 students from the UK and abroad study here, and we aim to provide each and every one of them with an unbeatable student experience, a high-quality education and valuable employability skills.

The University is made up of three academic schools - the Glasgow School for Business and Society, the School of Health and Life Sciences and the School of Engineering and Built Environment. Our schools contain state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities and equipment, as well as a number of renowned centres of excellence.

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At Glasgow Caledonian we offer a wide variety of postgraduate programmes that embrace full-time, part-time and distance learning study options. As a postgraduate student, you can choose to build on your first degree from the university's range of Masters programmes, or enhance your future prospects with a "direction change" postgraduate degree.

We have an excellent reputation for Applied Research, and we offer rewarding MPhil and PhD opportunities as well as Research Studentships. There are many "learning in later life" opportunities too, both for those who want to update their knowledge and those choosing to take a degree course for the first time.

Here you'll find a university with superb facilities, teaching excellence and a vocational education that strikes the optimum balance between study and social life. Equally important, you'll discover that the university campus and the city of Glasgow are friendly, welcoming and fun places to be.

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At Glasgow Caledonian University, we are building on Scotland's proud history of innovation, intellectual curiosity and creativity to develop leading areas of international excellence in applied research that deliver practical benefits to society. We believe good quality teaching and research are indivisible - the mark of a great modern university that matches access with excellence and contributes both to the sector's diversity and to the nation's economic and social health and wellbeing.

We have a long tradition of conducting research that is economically and socially relevant - applying new knowledge to problems of global significance in areas such as health, the environment and economic development.

The results of RAE 2008 fully confirmed Glasgow Caledonian University's international profile in research. Our submission in Allied Health Professions places us overall in the top ten universities in the UK. Our submission in the Built and Natural Environment places us in the top twenty universities in the UK and, in research on sustainable urban environments and building design as well as the field of waste management and recycling, as the leading university in Scotland.

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Research Degrees

Opportunities for full-time or part-time research leading to the higher degrees of MPhil or PhD at GCU are available in all departments.

The period of registration for an MPhil ranges from a minimum of 18months full-time to a maximum of 4 years on a part-time basis, with a PhD programme requiring between 30 months and 6 years of study.

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A number of research studentships are available in the university for a period of three years. Studentships give successful applicants a maintenance grant, access to all university facilities and entitlement to apply for registration for an MPhil or PhD.


Glasgow Caledonian University provides one of the best learning environments in the UK at our modern campus in the heart of Glasgow.

The hub of the campus is the striking Saltire Centre. Home to the university library, the Base student support desk and flexible study spaces for 1,800 students - including our unique inflatable igloo semi-private study areas - the building is fully wired for Wi-Fi to help you study where you want.

Other facilities include the Arc fitness centre, Students' Association, the refectory and learning cafes, computer labs across the campus and extensive student support services.

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Situated just across the road from our campus, our Student Accommodation complex Caledonian Court houses 660 students in 100 modern, self-catering flats. Perfectly-located for those early morning lectures, you can roll out of bed at five to nine and still be in the classroom in time for your first tutorial.

Facilities include:

  • 100 self-contained flats containing six to eight bedrooms
  • Fully-equipped kitchens
  • Private en-suite facilities in 340 rooms
  • Free Internet connection
  • Coin-operated laundrette on site

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GCU London

Based in Spitalfields, GCU London is our graduate university campus, specialising in Banking and Finance, Risk Management, International Fashion Marketing, Luxury Brand Marketing, International Human Resource Management and Construction Management. In fact, GCU London is the first - and only - centre in the UK offering an MBA in Luxury Brand Marketing.

Based in one of the London's most attractive locations, the centre offers a range of innovative and exciting MBA and

This outreach branch of GCU brings together leading academic staff from across Europe, in an ultra-modern learning environment.

With GCU London, our aim is to deliver professionally accredited postgraduate courses, in the heart of the city. It makes for an enriching student experience - with a rich and exciting cultural life on the doorstep of the campus.


A number of scholarships are available for postgraduate study - these vary by subject.

Find out more about scholarships at Glasgow Caledonian University

Study Abroad

GCU offers opportunities for all students to study and work abroad and take part in overseas university exchanges. We are committed to offering as wide a range of options as possible across all of our subject areas and around the world.

Find out more about exchange and study abroad with Glasgow Caledonian University

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