Glasgow Caledonian University

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Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is one of Scotland’s largest universities.

Tracing its origins back to 1875, this modern, innovative and forward-thinking university has a large, self-contained campus in the city centre, with many purpose built facilities making it one of the best learning environments in the UK.

Courses and students

The university has three academic schools:

Glasgow Caledonian University is the only institution in Scotland to offer the integrated masters MOptom (IP) Optometry with Independent Prescribing and BSc (Hons) Orthoptics. The university has its own eye clinic providing clinical training facilities. The clinic is open to the public, and patients are examined by students under the direct supervision of experienced and qualified clinical staff.

The university has 1,600 staff teaching over 22,400 students from around 118 countries.

You could spend part of your undergraduate course abroad through a partnership with 120 universities across 31 worldwide countries.

Facilities and services

The Sir Alex Ferguson Library is home to the university library and student support services hub, based in the Saltire Centre. It offers flexible study spaces for 1800 students.

The Arc Health and Wellbeing facility is a multi-purpose sport and exercise centre which has fitness classes, a well equipped gym, and sports clubs. The university has 95 clubs and societies you can join.

The university has a simulated hospital ward, a high-tech broadcasting suite and a fashion factory.

There is on-campus accommodation for 660 students, in self-contained, fully furnished flats.


The university is ranked 1st in the UK for Physiotherapy and Radiography in The Times and Sunday Time Good University Guide 2024.

GCU is ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work and 1st in Scotland for Animation and Game Design, Forensic Science and Marketing and PR (Guardian University Guide 2024).

Also in the Guardian University Guide 2024, GCU climbed 12 places to be ranked 40th out of 122 universities in the UK.


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Contact Details

Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow City
G4 0BA

0141 331 3000