University of Strathclyde

University overview

The University of Strathclyde was established more than 200 years ago and was recently awarded Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2012 and Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013.

The University has a vibrant, international community with students from more than 100 countries and is investing £350m in its campus. The campus is very compact and students can access university building, the library, sport centre and other facilities with only a 5-10 minute walk.

Strathclyde’s campus is in the centre of Glasgow, one of the UK’s largest and most dynamic cities. Glasgow has been named as one of the top 20 'Best of the World' destinations for 2016 by National Geographic Traveler, the city has also been voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guides poll and named a must visit destination by leading publications like the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust! Glasgow is a European City of Culture, Architecture and UNESCO city of Music and one of the UK’s biggest retail centres and has legendary nightlife with 140 live music performances per week)! It also has the 2nd largest population of students of any city in the UK.

Glasgow is a very good base for exploring the scenery and history of Scotland: with the rest of the UK and Europe on the doorstep.

Strathclyde has a triple accredited Business school (AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS).,

Strathclyde has one of the largest Engineering Faculties in the UK with all departments top 10- 15

Strathclyde has a £36m Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIBPS) focused on drug discovery and development.

Strathclyde Law School was ranked 10th out of 96 Law Schools in the UK in the Complete University Guide.

Strathclyde is top 20 in the UK for research intensity and results in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014 can be viewed here:


Accommodation: Over 2,000 students live in University accommodation. There is a dedicated Residence Services team as well as on campus CCTV. Accommodation is in the city centre of Glasgow, close to all shops, restaurants and nightlife.

Library: The Andersonian Library houses more than 2,000 reader places, 614 computer places and extensive wi-fi zones for laptop use. It has around one million print volumes as well as access to over 1,200,700 electronic books, 239 databases and over 105,000 ejournals that can be used 24/7. It is equipped with group areas that students can book and offers extensive support to students in how to use facilities, referencing and research skills. The library is on campus, across the road from the main student village so is very easy to access.

Sports and activities: There is a Sport Centre and swimming pool on campus as well as squash courts, cv equipment and a range of classes including 45 exercise classes a week. There are also 47 different sports clubs offering everything from Scottish to North American sports. There are 100 different clubs and societies students can join, from juggling to cocktail making, debating and many volunteering opportunities.,

Career services: The award winning Career Service provides support to international students in searching for jobs and preparing for interviews for employment during and after study, including organising a series of large Careers fairs with international employers.

Student support: The University offers support for students through the Information & Advice team who give advice on visas and immigration, finances, and signposting students to services. There are health and wellbeing services including student counselling and disability support as well as a Chaplaincy for all faiths on campus. The university also offers extensive academic support to students through academic skills classes as well as free English language classes throughout the year.

Scholarships:There is a partial fee reduction for North American undergraduate students of £2-3,000 per year (the amount depends on the course of study).

There are also North American masters scholarships specifically for Forensic Science and Information Sciences of £2-3,000.

There are also a range of scholarships for all masters students including Santander and International scholarships from £4-6,000 as well as subject specific scholarships.

Fact box

  • Student population: 20,000
  • Number of international students: 4,000
  • City population: Population of about 1.2 million people (760,000 in City)
  • Location: city centre campus, in the centre of Glasgow one of the biggest cities in the UK
  • Closest airports: Glasgow International airport 25 mins by bus (also Glasgow Prestwick flies to Europe)
  • Date of establishment: 1796
  • Areas of expertise: Business, Engineering, Law & International Relations, Education, Biomedical & Forensic Science
  • Cost of Tuition per year: starting from £11,000
  • Accommodation cost: starting cost £98 per week, on campus
  • Notable alumni: John Logie Baird (inventor of television), Thomas Graham (formulated the Law of Diffusion of Gases), James Young (driving force behind the creation of today’s oil refinery industry), James Blyth (Wind energy pioneer)