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The University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 30. It is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research, in particular relating to the medical professions, although is featured in the Times and Sunday Times Top 10 subject rankings for over 20 different subjects in 2019. Whilst it is the fourth oldest university in the UK and boasts over 100 listed buildings within its campus, it offers a very modern learning environment within one of the world’s most vibrant, and affordable, student cities.

Key Facts


  • #12 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #11 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #16 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  •  #86 in the Times Higher Education World University rankings 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 9,000

Year founded

  • 1451

  • Alumni or former staff of the university include James Wilson (a founding father of the United States), engineer James Watt (invented the Watt steam engine), physicist Lord Kelvin and surgeon Joseph Lister (a pioneer of antiseptic surgery).
  • Alumni also include seven Nobel Prize winners, a Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister. 
  • Honorary Graduate Albert Einstein gave a lecture at the university on the theory of relativity in 1933.
  • The University’s Campus Development Programme will see an investment of £1 billion to ensure that it remains a centre for world-renowned research.
Areas of recognition

The current Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Glasgow in the Top 100 for Arts/Humanities, Law, Psychology and Clinical/Pre-clinical and Health globally.

Glasgow is ranked 1st in the UK (according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022) for Food Science, Sport Science and Dentistry.

It has further Top 10 rankings for Animal Science (#2), Medicine (#2), Nursing (#2), Veterinary Medicine (#2), Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (#3), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#3),Civil Engineering (#3), Sociology (#3), Art and Design (#4), Accounting and Finance (#5), Computer Science (#5), Education (#5), Law (#5), Social Policy (#5), Subjects allied to medicine (#5), Drama, Dance and Cinematics (#6), Music (#6), Archaeology (#7), Biological Sciences (#7), Geology (#7) , Psychology (#7), Anatomy and Physiology (#8), Geography and Environmental Science (#8), German (#8), Italian (#8) and Russian (#10).

"The foundation year in Kings helped me to build up a good base for going to university."
Wing Kwan Tse
University of Glasgow

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