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Glasgow Caledonian University

About Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was founded in 1993, after Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen's College merged together.

GCU offers a wide variety of programs, from undergraduate to postgraduate and research programmes.

It houses more than 1,600 staff members and over 20,000 students from more than 100 countries around the globe.

It is the only university to offer an honorary degree in risk management and its fashion school based in London is the only one of its kind to offer an MBA in luxury brand management.

GCU has the world's first and only business school to offer triple-accredited degrees in financial services backed by three of the world's most influential banking and finance professional bodies: the Chartered Banker Institute (the world's oldest banking institution); the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and the Institute for Operational Risk.

It is one of only 30 universities and colleges in the world that have been certified by Ashoka U as a 'Changemaker Campus' to promote higher education as a vehicle for social change. It is also the first Scottish university to get Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

The GCU has a distinguished campus and a variety of industry links in the private, public and third sectors that help to ensure that within 6 months of graduation 95% of graduates are working or studying further (HESA, 2018).

The university has collaborations with various international universities in countries like Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Malaysia, United States, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Oman, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, and Germany.

GCU also has a presence in New York City and in Spitalfields in London, which offers postgraduate courses in fashion..

Glasgow Caledonian University Campus

  • GCU is the First British university to have campuses in Glasgow, London and New York. 
  • Glasgow city center's main campus is regarded as one of UK's most modern campuses.
  • The university has a second London campus which houses British Fashion School.
  • Glasgow Caledonian New York College is a partner college located in the area of SoHo.

Glasgow Caledonian University Facilities in Campus

  • Library
  • Inter-professional simulation centre, 
  • Eye Clinic and Physio Clinic, 
  • Cyber Security Clinic 
  • green rooms – 
  • mock court, Law Clinic and broadcasting facilities. 
  • Gym

Location Specialities 

Glasgow is one of the top 20 'Best of the World' destinations by National Geographic Traveler. The city was also voted 'friendliest city in the world' in a Rough Guide poll, and the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust described it as a must-visit destination.

With high street shopping malls like Buchanan Galleries, exclusive Princes Square development and Italian Center designer, Glasgow is second only to London for the best shopping experience in the UK.

The city boasts a large number of theatres, museums and galleries, including the famous Burrell Collection, and is home to the Scottish Opera, Ballet and National Orchestra. Like most cities, there are many cinemas in Glasgow, including four multiplexes and two independents — the largest is only a two-minute walk from the campus. 

Glasgow Caledonian University Accommodation 

  • University accommodation is on-campus at Caledonian Court .Caledonian Court provides self-catering flats for 660 students, each with six to eight bedrooms, all with Wi-Fi. Rooms are also equipped for students with special needs or disabilities. 
  • Frommer's and Condenaste Travel Guides have named Glasgow one of Europe's top destinations, and the top two in the UK.

Glasgow Caledonian University Awards 

  • GCU has designated Ashoka U's Changemaker Campus, one of only 30 in the world and Scotland's first.4
  • The Students 'Association was named the University Students' Union of the Year at the 2011 NUS Scotland Awards.
  • In 2013, GCU received the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in recognition of its commitment to the development of researchers.

Glasgow Caledonian University Ranking

  • #801-1000 World University Ranking - QS 2021
  • #601-800 University Ranking - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #88 University Ranking (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #77 University Rankings - The Guardian 2021
  • #1125 Global Universities - US News & World Report 2021

Glasgow Caledonian University Course Rankings

Glasgow Caledonian University Business Courses Ranks

  • #501-600 PG Business and Economics - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #44 Accounting & Finance Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #58 Business & Management Studies (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #53 Accounting & Finance Rankings - The Guardian 2021
  • #24 Business, Management & Marketing - The Guardian 2021

Glasgow Caledonian University Engineering Courses Ranks

  • #601-800 PG Engineering and Technology - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #45 Civil Engineering Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #56 Electrical & Electronic Engineering - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #65 Mechanical Engineering Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #50 Electronic & Electrical Engineering - The Guardian 2021
  • #62 Mechanical Engineering - The Guardian 2021
  • #30 Civil Engineering - The Guardian 2021

Glasgow Caledonian University Computers Course Rank

  • #83 Computer Science - The Complete University Guide 2021

Academic Divisions

  • School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
  • Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • School of Health and Life Sciences
  • GCU London

Study Options

  • business, 
  • engineering, 
  • health, 
  • vision sciences, 
  • nursing, 
  • life sciences, 
  • computing 
  • environment
  • nursing, 
  • midwifery,
  •  management,
  •  law, 
  • renewable energy, 
  • construction, 
  • education,
  •  social science, 
  • fashion, 
  • tourism,
  •  journalism, 
  • engineering, 
  • psychology,
  • physiotherapy.

 Why Glasgow Caledonian University

More building and surveying graduates than anywhere else in the UK

  • The UK’s only Honours degree in Risk Management
  • Innovative computer game development and multimedia courses
  • Wide range of industry-accredited courses
  • Major provider of health, social care and life sciences graduates for the NHS
  • 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation (HESA, 2018).
  • 96% of international students are happy with their life at GCU (ISB, 2018) and 81% of undergraduate students happy with the quality of their course (NSS, 2019).
  • Ranked in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which list the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under.
  • Received platinum sustainability rating for campus two years running (EcoCampus, 2019).
  • 1st foreign higher education institution to be given degree granting authority in the State of New York.

How to Reach? Or Travel

  • Glasgow Caledonian University is located in the center of Glasgow, with easy access to all air, rail and road connections.
  • Glasgow is an easy city to walk around.
  • There are a lot of secure cycle racks at the university.
  • The university is a short walk from Cowcaddens subway station.
  • There are two major railway stations in the city; London is 4 hours by train.
  • Glasgow campus is a short walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station and a 20-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.
  • A series of international and domestic destinations, including transatlantic flights, is provided by Glasgow International Airport, located 8 km west of the city.
  • The university is directly opposite Glasgow's main bus terminal Buchanan Bus Station.
  • By Road-The university is very close to the M8 motorway, also within easy walking distance from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Railway Stations, Buchanan Bus Station and the underground rail system.

Glasgow Caledonian University - London campus Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (1 Courses) 4 year GBP 12250
Management (2 Courses) 4 year GBP 12250

Glasgow Caledonian University - London campus Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering IELTS
Management IELTS

Glasgow Caledonian University Scholarships and Financial Aid

GCU has a variety of scholarships to offer international students to finance their education in the UK. These include various scholarship options such as-

  • A guaranteed scholarship of £ 1,000 available to self-funded students on undergraduate and postgraduate full-time taught programs, 
  • Merit based country scholarships, 
  • Alumni scholarships 
  • Joint scholarships such as the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship
  • External international scholarships to study in the UK awarded by private agencies and organizations.

Scholarships for Undergraduate study:

  • New to GCU Scholarship: £ 4,000 is rewarded to full-time undergraduate international applicants. 
  • Magnusson Award: Offers awards up to £ 5,000 to any student to study anything, anywhere in the world. 

Scholarships for Postgraduate study:

  • New to GCU Scholarship: 2,600 GBP is rewarded to full-time postgraduate international applicants.
  • Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship: 8,000 GBP scholarship is provided to citizens of Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan and the USA studying a full-time Masters program. 
  • Several other departments offer scholarships to Master’s students undertaking their course of study in Public Health, Climate Justice, Engineering and Business. The award amount ranges from 3,500 GBP to full tuition expenses. 

Glasgow Caledonian University Famous Aluminis

Kevin Bridges is a popular stand-up comedian known for his television show 'Kevin Bridges: What's the Story?’ Michael Keating is an accomplished political scientist who serves as the Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Andy Kerr is a politician responsible for the ban on smoking in public places in Scotland. Gordon MacDonald is a member of the Scottish Parliament from the Scottish National Party (SNP). Drew McIntyre is a professional Scottish wrestler. Eunice Olumide is a well-known actress and model. 

Glasgow Caledonian University English Language Requirements :

UG and PG:

  • IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent with No band less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL – 78 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 54 overall and a minimum of 51 in all components.

The Requirements may vary for some Programs.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)  Highlights

Year of Establishment 1993
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Type of University Public
Campus Setting Urban
Number of Campuses 3
Faculty Member 1,600
Total Enrollment 20,000
Basic Tuition Fee (UG International) 12,250 GBP
Basic Tuition Fee (PG International) 14,500 GBP
Test Scores Accepted IELTS, TOEFL, CAE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)  Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

The table below shows the estimated annual tuition fee at the university that an international student needs to pay. Apart from these there are certain additional costs that are to be covered by the applicant. The fee status will be reviewed as part of the university admissions process based on the information provided by the applicant in their application.

Program Annual Tuition Fee (in GBP)
Undergraduate 12,250
Postgraduate-taught 13,500
Global MBA 14,500
Postgraduate-research 15,000
Living expenses 1,015 GBP  to 1,265 GBP per month

International students are required to provide proof of enough money to cover the living costs for a total of 9 months or for the length of the program (if this is less than 9 months) to UKVI and be able to apply for the General student visa to the UK.

Living expenses in Glasgow are around 1,015 GBP per month while the living expenses in London are 1,265 GBP per month.

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Glasgow Caledonian University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 12,250


£ 13,950

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 12,100

Campus accommodation

£ 5,410

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.