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Glasgow Caledonian University

UCAS Code: G42

Location: Glasgow, central Scotland Show on Map

Site: City centre site 

A modern Scottish university; a member of the University Alliance group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:16,120
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:13,070
Full Time:81%
Mature on Entry:32%
UK Students:94%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

1668 (full- and part-time)

Broad study areas

Built & natural environment; business; engineering & computing; health (including nursing, midwifery & community health); law & social sciences; life sciences.


Admission Information:Programme entry requirements vary; see prospectus.  
Points on Entry (Mean):302
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:Small number of first years housed.


Founded:University status in 1993, following merger of Queen's College (founded 1875) with Glasgow College of Technology.
Site:Single campus in Glasgow city centre. 
How to get there:Glasgow well connected to all regions of the UK by train (5½ hours from London to Glasgow Central, under an hour from Edinburgh), by coach (8½ hours from London to Buchanan Bus Station), by air (1 hour flight from London to Glasgow Airport) and by road (M8). University in walking distance of Buchanan bus station and Central and Queens Street train stations; well served by local buses and underground (Cowcaddens/Buchanan Street); 7 miles from Glasgow Airport, 30 from Prestwick Airport. 
Special features:Outreach campuses in London, China, Bangladesh and Oman

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student counsellors, disability advisers, funding advisers, international student advisers and chaplaincy. 
Amenities:All the amenities, shops, bars etc of central Glasgow.
Sporting facilities:Arc health and fitness centre with 2 sports halls, 3 gyms with a good selection of essential training equipment including Olympic bars and weights.
Accommodation:Self-catering accommodation next to campus (priority given to first years from some distance, particularly international students or those with special needs). 660 places, rent £86−£99 per week (including heating, electricity, contents insurance and internet access), contracts Sept−June. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation, from £250 per month self-catering plus bills. Many first-degree students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:370,000+ volumes, 35,000 ebooks, 27,565 ejournals. Learning centre with 400 PCs and 300 netbooks open 15 hours/day (9 at weekends). Information provision, £126 pa spent for each student (FTE). Induction to library and IT for new students.
Other learning resources:Effective learning service (ELS) provides support and information on academic development study skills (open to all); aims particularly to meet the learning needs of disabled students, including those with dyslexia.
Study abroad:Students on many courses have the opportunity for study or work placement abroad through a range of partners worldwide.
Careers:Comprehensive careers service offering advice and guidance on work experience, part-time work and graduate employment; successful CVs, applications and interviews; further study options.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £8750−£9500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Careers Service advertises part-time vacancies online.
Financial help:Awards of £3000 pa for UK students from outside Scotland whose family income is up to £25k pa. A variety of other merit awards (£1000−£7000 pa), for students studying specific subjects, for athletes and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Total of £943,064 (£839,759 discretionary fund, £103,305 childcare fund), 1717 students helped. Apply for help to student funding office
University tuition fees:Scottish and EU students paid no fees during their course; other UK students paid £7000 pa for first degrees (to a maximum of £21k). International students paid £9700 pa (classroom-based), £10,500 pa (lab-based).  


Academic features:

Academic strengths include health, the environment, business and social justice. Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health created in 2010.

Awarding body:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, BNursing, LLB

Length of courses:

3−4 years

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Audio
  • Banking
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Data Processing
  • Dietetics
  • E-business
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Energy Studies
  • Engineering (General)
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Estate Management
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Fire Safety Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Biology
  • Illustration
  • Immunology
  • Information Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Office Organisation
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Politics
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Radiography
  • Retail Management
  • Risk Management
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Systems Analysis
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Tourism
  • Town/Country Planning
  • Video

Student view


It's a modern city-centre campus - 5 minutes' walk of shops, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas and theatres and with excellent transport links. Halls of residence, Caledonian Court, has all modern facilities. Wide range of courses in its 8 schools - many with industrial work placements and opportunities to study abroad. Newly-built Saltire Centre is learning centre and social space for students: spacious environment, a café and wireless internet access. Caledonian students are renowned for their active social life. The students' union, Bedsit, has 2 bars and a games room offering food and drinks at student-friendly prices; also a wide range of regular entertainments eg Wednesday nights Caleyoke, quiz nights and other one-off events. Main bar screens all major sporting events and doubles as a club venue (big-name acts like Cream and Babyshambles). Students' association supports a wide range of sports and societies, from rugby club to the music society. Welfare department, based in Bedsit, provides confidential information, advice and support. University welcomes vast numbers of students from all backgrounds, making it a fun and friendly place to study and socialise. 


Housing: Uni accommodation good. Otherwise West End, Southside and Dennistoun areas popular, flats from £210 a month upwards. Help from accommodation department, look on noticeboards, Evening Times, The Herald. Eats: Wide range of food at cheap prices at Bedsit. Lots of cheap fast food and restaurants around city. Drink: Bedsit good cheap drinks and range of promotions (£1.50 a pint). Tennents popular local brew. Nightlife: Bands and quiz nights in Bedsit. Loads to do in city centre. Locals: Very friendly (mostly students as well). Sports: Modern gym, sports hall; range of affordable exercise classes. 28 clubs and 10 societies, skiing to sub aqua. Travel: Campus next to underground, bus station and two central train stations. Financial help: Short-term loans and access fund, and fund for direct emergencies. Jobs: SU Jobspot advertises jobs and offers advice. Informal name: Caley. Best features: Student's association and Saltire Centre. And worst: No outdoor sports facilities.  

Past Students

Jim Delahunt (TV presenter), Pat Nevin (Chelsea FC and Scotland), Gordon Smith (Rangers), Colin Calder (BBC radio producer), Claire English (TV presenter), Andy Kerr (health minister), Craig Wright (Scottish cricket captain) Cathy Jamieson (Justice Minister).  

More info?

Visit website www.caledonianstudent.com.



Glasgow Caledonian University
City Campus
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA


0141 331 3000





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