The University of Glasgow is a world top 100 university (THE, QS) with one of the widest range of courses in the UK. The university offers courses under four faculties namely:
- College of Arts
- College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
- College of Science and Engineering
- College of Social Sciences.
The University offers undergraduate honours degrees in arts, social sciences and science with specialization of various subjects. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities. The university is ranked number 1 in the UK for Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Accounting and Finance, Education, Sports Science and Drama, Dance and Cinematics and ranked 3rd for Law, Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmacy and Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, says The Complete University Guide 2020.
The University of Glasgow has some notable alumni including the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewer and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.
Life in University of Glasgow
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College of Arts
The College of Arts is further classified into four distinct schools namely:
- School of Critical Studies
- School of Culture and Creative Arts
- School of Humanities
- School of Modern Languages and Culture.
The School of Critical Studies is a mixture of textual interpretation and analysis of language over inter-related subject areas. The school houses subject areas including:
- English Literature
- English Language and Linguistics
- Scottish Literature.
The school offers expertise in the subject areas including:
- Modern English Language and Linguistics
- English Historical Linguistics
- Scots and English in Scotland
- Medieval English Studies
- Scottish, American, Irish and Postcolonial Literatures
- The relationship between literature and visual arts
- Theory and textuality
- Poetics and politics
- Medical humanities
- Science and material culture.
The school has been ranked 7th in the UK for English, according to Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. According to the Guardian University Guide, the school has been ranked 5th in the UK for Religious Study and Theology and ranked 6th in the UK for Theology and Religious studies, says the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The School of Culture and Creative Arts offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research opportunities in the subject areas including:
- Film and Television Studies
- History of Art
- Theatre Studies
The school has links with numerous academic institutions around the world including the Smithsonian Institution, the Freie Universität Berlin, the École du Louvre, the Universities of Oslo and Copenhagen and the University of Melbourne and more.
The Film and Television Studies programmes include the historical, theoretical and practical study of screen production. The division has well-established facilities including:
- Andrew Stewart Cinema (138 seats)
- James Arnott Theatre (182 seats in studio theatre format)
- Performance Studio
- Video Editing (2 non linear digital video edit suites)
The school has been ranked number 1 in the UK for Drama, Dance and Cinematics, according to the Complete University Guide; ranked 2nd in the UK for Drama, Dance and Cinematics, says the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and ranked 3rd in the UK for Film Production and Photography, says Guardian University Guide.
The division of History of Art offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. However, the division offers expertise in all major European art historical periods ranging from Antiquity, the Middle-Ages and Renaissance, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and Contemporary Art and is specialized in the following subject areas:
- The decorative art and design of the 19th and 20th century
- Textile conservation
- Technical Art History
- Dress and Textile Histories
- Chinese Art
The school has collaborative links with the Glasgow Museums and also has partnership and industry links with national institutions including The National Gallery (London), The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), The Smithsonian Institution and the Freer Art Gallery (Washington, DC) and the Prado (Madrid) which helps to gain hands on experience and practical skills as a part of the programme. The school is ranked 3rd in the UK for History of Art, according to the Guardian University Guide.
The division of Music offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of:
- Historical musicology
- Performance practices
- Composition and sonic arts
- The music industries
The school also has some well-established spaces including:
- University Concert Hall
- Practice Rooms
- Music Library
- Audio Lab
- Diffusion System
The school is ranked 7th in the UK for Music, according to the Complete University Guide and ranked top 15 in the UK for Music, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The division of Theatre Studies has a wide range of performance spaces that are used for practical teaching, rehearsals, performances and independent studies. These facilities include:
- James Arnott Theatre (a fully equipped and flexible theatre space, which seats 168)
- A black-box performance studio
- A small rehearsal room and green room
- Gilmore hill Halls also houses a fully-equipped cinema/lecture theatre, which seats 140
- Sound and video editing facilities.
The School of Humanities has six distinct subject areas including:
- Celtic & Gaelic
- Information Studies
The division of Archaeology offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and draws upon the outstanding collections of the University’s Hunterian Museum, the City of Glasgow and Scotland’s world-famous heritage sites and archaeologically rich landscapes. The school has ranked number 1 in the UK with 100% student satisfaction, says the National Student Survey 2018. According to the Complete University Guide 2021, the school has ranked 6th in the UK for teaching excellence.
The division of Celtic and Gaelic offers a broad range of courses on the languages, literature, history, culture of the Celtic peoples from the earliest evidence through to the present day. The school is ranked 2nd in the UK for Celtic Studies, according to the Complete University Guide and ranked 3rd in the UK for Celtic Studies, says the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The division of Classics includes the study of Art, History, Language, Literature, Material Culture, Philosophy and Society. The division offers expertise in the following areas:
- Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology
- Greek and Roman Drama and Epic
- Late Latin Literature
- Greek and Roman History
The school is ranked 6th in the UK for Classics and Ancient History, says the Complete University Guide and ranked in the top 20 In the UK for Classics and Ancient History, according to the Guardian University Guide.
The division of History has advanced knowledge specializations in the areas including:
- American history and culture
- Social and general history
- History of medicine
- The history of business and banking
The division facilitates student and staff exchanges with universities in the United States, Australia and Europe.
The division of Information Studies offers courses on the creation, management and the use of information in the digital age. The school specialized in the subject areas including:
- Digital Humanities
- Information Management (including digital curation, video games, information visualisation and retrieval)
The school focuses on giving practice-based teaching for which it has developed various facilities including:
- Hunterian Museum
- The University of Glasgow’s Archives and Special collections
- The Museums and Libraries of the city of Glasgow.
All the courses of Information Studies are accredited by the major UK professional bodies namely:
- CILIP: The Library and Information Association
- Archives and Records Association
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subject areas of:
- Comparative Literature
- Modern Languages and Cultures: French, German, Italian and Portuguese
- Translation Studies
The University of Glasgow is recognized as a HE Language Partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL)
The division of Modern Languages and Cultures offers expertise in each language i.e.,
- Expertise in French – Literature, History, Cultural Studies, Theory and Thought, Visual Cultures (including emblems, fine art and cinema)
- Expertise in German – German Literature in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Aesthetics and History of Ideas, Psychological Theory, German Cultural Theory
- Expertise in Italian – The History and literature of the Italian resistance to fascism, women and 20th century Italy, the literature of Trieste and the perception of cultural identity, 20th century Italian theatre and poetry, contemporary Italian literature.
- Expertise in Portuguese – Brazilian cinema, postcolonial literature and visual culture (with a focus on Africa and Asia), early Modern Portuguese literature and visual culture.
- Expertise in Russian – gulag literature, life writing, the historical avant-garde, especially Russian Futurism
- Expertise in Spanish – Spanish & Latin American literature from 16th-21stCenturies, Catalan Studies, visual cultures (with a focus on women artists, as well as Spanish & Latin American Cinema), sociolinguistics.
According to the Complete University Guide 2021, the school is ranked 3rd in the UK for Spanish and Portuguese; ranked 5th in the UK for Russian; ranked 7th in the UK for Italian and ranked in the top 15 in the UK for French.
The division of Translational Studies explores the practice, process and product of translation from both linguistic and cultural viewpoints. It allows the students to explore the following categories:
- Literary translation comprising poetry, prose and theatre
- Audio-visual translation such as subtitling and dubbing
- Technical translation focusing on manuals, legal and medical texts
- Journalistic, marketing and PR texts, including advertising, press releases and news articles.
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences includes three schools that deliver internationally recognised programmes. The schools are:
- Life Sciences
- Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing
- Veterinary Medicine
The institute also brings together internationally renowned experts to research in medical, veterinary and life sciences. The research centres include:
- Biodiversity, Animal Health and comparative Medicine
- Cancer Sciences
- Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
- Health and Wellbeing
- Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
- Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
- Neuroscience and Psychology
The school of Life Sciences offers many courses and has many facilities like:
- The Museum of Anatomy
- Zoology Museum
The school offers courses in the subject areas of:
- Animal Biology
- Infection and Immunity
- Biomolecular Sciences
- Human Biology
- Biomedical Sciences
- Human Anatomy
- Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy.
The school of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing offers courses in the subject areas of:
- Undergraduate Medical School
- Is one of the largest in the UK and has well established facilities like The Walton Library and Resource Centre, The Clinical Skills Area, The Web Portal, MicroMuseum.
- Nursing and Health care School
- Dental School
- Forensic Medicine and Science
- The unit comprises of two disciplines namely:
- Forensic Pathology
- Forensic Toxicology
- The unit comprises of two disciplines namely:
The College of Science and Engineering comprises of eight schools namely:
- School of Chemistry
- School of Computing Science
- James Watt School of Engineering
- School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- School of Mathematics and Statistics
- School of Physics and Astronomy
- School of Psychology
The School of Chemistry offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the subject areas including
- Chemical Physics
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry
The school is ranked and in Scotland and 6th in the UK for Chemistry, according to the Complete University Guide 2020. According to the times Higher Education 2020, the university is ranked 11th best university in the UK.
The School of Computing offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the subject areas including:
- Computing Science
- Computing Science
- Electronic and Software Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Data Science
- Information Technology
The school has international partners including the Singapore Institute of Technology, The British University in Dubai and the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.
According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the university is ranked top in the Scotland for Research Impact and ranked 6th in the UK for research intensity. According to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, the university is ranked 6th in the UK for Computer Science.
The James Watt School of Engineering offers courses in the areas including:
- Electronics and Electrical
- Mechanical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Product Design Engineering
- Electronics with Music
- Civil Engineering with Architecture
The School has international partnership with the universities including Singapore Institute of Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and the University of Denver.
The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences offers programmes in the subject areas including:
- Environmental Geoscience
- Geospatial and Mapping Sciences
- Geoinformation Technology and Cartography
- Land and Hydrographic Surveying
The school is ranked 5th in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies, says the Guardian University Guide. According to the Complete University Guide, the university is ranked 5th in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers programmes in the following subject areas:
- Data Analytics
The school offers collaborative programmes with the institutes including Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and the Information for Students from North-western Polytechnical University. The school also offers double degree programme with the University of Bologna in Statistical Science. The school is involved in a number of exchange programmes with universities in the countries including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
The School of Psychology offers programmes in the subject areas including
- Social Science
- Management Studies
- Computing Science
All the degrees of the school are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
The College of Social Sciences comprises of five schools which include:
- Adam Smith Business School
- School of Education
- School of Interdisciplinary Studies
- School of Law
- School of Social and Political Sciences
The Adam Smith Business School offers courses in the subject areas including:
- Business Economics
- Financial technology
The Business school holds a triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. The programmes are accredited by several professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS); the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; the Association of Chartered Certifies Accountants; the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The school is also a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and the European Foundation of Management Development.
The School of Education offers programmes in the subject areas of:
- Childhood Practice
- Community Development
- Design and Technology Education
- Education with Primary Teaching Qualification
- Primary Education with teaching Qualification and more
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