Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 20,000 students. The campus is self–contained and situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow. A distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university, GCU is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. It has become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our Chancellor is Nobel Peace Prize Winner and global anti-poverty campaigner Professor Muhammad Yunus.
  • Positioned as the University for the Common Good, GCU has a distinct and defining mission to deliver social benefit at home and overseas through education.
  • Our welcoming community of 20,000 students from more than 100 countries enjoys a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



GCU has campuses in the heart of Glasgow and London and was the first university in the UK to launch a campus in New York. Our campus in London is home to the prestigious British School of Fashion, supported by leading academics and honorary professors, some of whom lead global fashion brands.


  • The School of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading schools for programmes in building and surveying in the UK.
  • The Glasgow School for Business and Society integrates the areas of business, law and social sciences to ensure that they are well placed to meet the needs of business and society.
  • The School of Health and Life Sciences is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer across the disciplines of health, nursing and social care, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and vision sciences.
  • GCU London focuses on a suite of professional postgraduate courses


Combined with our platinum-award winning eco-friendly campus (Ecocampus, 2015) andwide range of accreditations and industry links, it is no surprise that we have a graduate employment rate of 97% (HESA, 2017). As the first Changemaker Campus in Scotland(Ashoka U, 2015), GCU is also a leader in widening access and is ranked 1st for bothresearch power and graduate completion rates in Scotland within modern universities(HESA, 2014).

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University Ranking

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Student services

A number of brand new, state of the art student social and study spaces in our George Moore building, which is also home to CAMPUS Life, our student support services

Housing services

In Glasgow, our on-campus student accommodation, Caledonian Court, is convenient for all amenities in the centre of the city. The accommodation:

  • comprises self-catering flats for 660 students, each with six to eight bedrooms.
  • provides wired broadband internet in all rooms.
  • has rooms also equipped for students with special needs or disabilities.
  • was awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK.

Library services

Saltire Centre – a multi award-winning, modern learning environment that is the hub of campus and home to the university library

ICT services

  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Industry-leading eMotion lab, fashion factory, HD TV and radio studios, Vision Centre – GCU’s state-of-the-art eye clinic,and Scotland’s first ever interprofessional simulation centre, for use by nursing students
  • 2,135 computer workstations available across our library, study spaces and halls of residence
  • The latest in virtual-learning environments
  • Free Wi-Fi

Student Life

Campus life

  • The Glasgow campus has excellent travel links – 100 metres from Buchanan Bus Station and walking distance to Central and Queen Street rail stations. Close to Glasgow International Airport.
  • GCU’s London campus is located in Spitalfields, with easy access to train, tube and bus services

Sports facilities

• The MUGA – GCU's outdoor activity area for sports including, tennis, football, volleyball and netball

Student clubs

As the University for the Common Good, GCU provides students with the confidence, knowledge and skills to contribute to solving global challenges, such as climate change, poverty, social injustice and health inequalities. Our students benefit from the strong working relationships we have established with thought leaders including Dr Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. Our other honorary graduates include Kofi Annan, who served as the 7th Secretary- General of the United Nations, Lily Cole, actress and social entrepreneur, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, to name but a few.


Where possible, and relevant, our programmes are accredited and/or approved by industry bodies, including (but not limited to): HEA (Higher Education Academy); CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountannts; CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments); CMI (Chartered Management Institute); Chartered Banker Institute;

Student Reviews

Renowned for its expert specialization i Climate Justice
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It is renowned as the only course of its type in the world and only Glasgow Caledonian University offers the specialisation in climate justice

GCU is a true citadel of building global leaders
Desmond Areghan rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had my MSc in GCU and continued on a PhD. It was one of the best experiences. The lecturers are generally great except one I know of. He wasn't encouraging like the generality of tutors in GCU. It's a very multicultural institution, dedicated to teaching, learning and mutual respect. I learnt so much from GCU and I will always recommend my friends like I've always done....

Start of my Masters Degree
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm going to start this university in the end of this September.

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