WHY Glasgow Caledonian University?
Glasgow Caledonian is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award-winning university working for the Common Good. GCU provides one of the best learning environments in the UK at our modern campus in the heart of Glasgow, voted friendliest city in the world.
GCU is a university with an impressive global network and a reputation for providing courses with a strong focus on employability, which are designed with input from industry so you can stand out in the employment market. Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian prepares you for a successful career with 93% of our graduates in employment or further study 15 months after graduating. (HESA, 2022)
- One of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic universities with around 20,000 students from over 120 countries
- Glasgow and London campuses in central locations, close to shops, bars and transport links
- Award-winning international student support
- Professionally focused, credit-bearing summer school programmes with emphasis on skills development
- Friendly and supportive campus environment
- Educational excellence dating back through founding institutions to 1875
- An international community of staff and students
Career -Focused Courses
The vast majority of our graduates find work or further study within six months of graduating, and we offer a variety of innovative, specialized courses. The lecturers for your chosen course will have good industry contacts to help you with placements and future career opportunities. You’ll prepare for local and international job markets, accessing a range of services to help you showcase your professional skills, as well as activities to build your professional profile.
World Class Facilities
The hub of the campus is our striking Sir Alex Ferguson Library which houses hundreds of thousands of books, 1200 study spaces, over 350 computers and the University’s Archives and Special Collections.
There are also “think pods” with whiteboards for group study, and private “inflatable igloo” study areas.
With a virtual hospital, high-tech broadcasting suite, fashion factory and even an online Second Life campus, Glasgow Caledonian University puts a lot of effort into helping you enjoy your programme and gain the professional skills and knowledge employers want.
Our single-site campus is friendly, personal and close-knit. You’ll be on first-name terms with your lecturers and the campus design makes it easy to meet friends and classmates for breaks or study sessions. Not only that, but it sits right in the middle of the city near to all transport links.
Facilities such as our Campus Life Desk – our one-stop information and support center offering help with everything from borrowing laptops to getting council tax rebates – have helped us win awards for our student support, including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award.
Each school within the University has a learning development center, which gives professional support to all students, including those with disabilities or those with specific learning or teaching needs.
Industry Links and Career Opportunities
Opportunity is everywhere at Glasgow Caledonian
Your learning experience will be an authentic one, informed by practices established in the workplace as well as the research that underpins them. Leading employers in your sector work with us in partnership, to ensure that the course you study remains relevant to their needs. This, along with world-leading research and practical problem solving, is what sets your postgraduate experience apart from others.
You’ll prepare for local and international job markets, accessing a range of services to help you showcase your professional skills, as well as activities to build your professional profile. Our Careers Service has detailed careers information and online interactive tools to enhance your career skills.
We offer opportunities for overseas placements and exchanges, to let you sample another country and learn a new language.
About Glasgow Caledonian
Glasgow Caledonian – the largest and leading modern university in Scotland – is a vibrant, values-led university with campuses in the heart of Glasgow and London. With a strong commitment to high quality education and research which supports the communities we serve, we have strong partnerships with employers to ensure our students get the careers they dream of and deserve.
With a wide range of professionally accredited courses and links with over 300 industry partners, we have the highest proportion of undergraduate level graduates in highly skilled occupations (83%) compared to other Scottish modern universities – with 91% of our students in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA 2023). We are Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships.
We are the top performing modern university in Scotland. This year we rocketed into the top 40 universities in the UK in the highly coveted Guardian University Guide, were ranked the UK’s 2nd top performing modern university in the inaugural Daily Mail guide, and entered the top highly regarded 50 UK universities in the 2024 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the first time. We are the leading University in the UK in key health areas including Radiography, Physiotherapy and Subjects allied to Medicine, and first in the UK for Food Science, with Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism ranked second in the UK, and first in Scotland.
For environmental sustainability we are the only Scottish university with EcoCampus Platinum accreditation and were ranked second in Scotland for sustainability in the most recent People and Planet league table.
Glasgow Caledonian is unsurpassed by any other Scottish modern university for the level of research (72%) considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent, our health research is only surpassed by King’s College London for outstanding impact, and 100% of our communications, culture and media research is rated as having an outstanding or very considerable impact (REF2021).
An independent economic impact report highlighted that Glasgow Caledonian is a valuable asset to the City of Glasgow, not only bringing economic and employment opportunities, but working to address the deep-rooted economic, social and health inequalities in the city (BiGGAR Economics).