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 courses in orthoptics, optometry and ophthalmic dispensing management. 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 20,000 students from over 100 countries. 

You could spend part of your undergraduate course abroad through the European Erasmus+ programme or on exchange with a university in North or South America, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia or Vietnam.

Facilities and services

The hub of the city centre campus is the Saltire Centre, which is home to the university library, the Base student support desk and over 1,200 study spaces and 350 computers. It also hosts a learning cybercafe which contains sofas, study desks and computer workstations for  students.

The Arc is the modern health and fitness centre which has fitness classes, a well equipped gym, sports clubs and a hair salon and spa.

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


The university is ranked 1st in the UK for Optometry, Opthalmology and Orthoptics in the Complete University Guide 2021.

In the same guide, the university is in the top 10 for four other subjects; Physiotherapy, Forensic Science, Medical Technology, and Librarianship and Information Management.

GCU is ranked 3rd for Anatomy and Physiology in the Guardian University Guide 2020. 



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Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow City
G4 0BA

0141 331 3000