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Study a graduate program in Glasgow

Population: 588,000

City Overview

Glasgow is the ‘second city’ in Scotland, as well as being the largest and (arguably) the most interesting. With good transport links and a vibrant nightlife, choosing a graduate program in Scotland will lead to experiences you won’t ever forget.

Glasgow’s large student population means it is a good place to study for a postgraduate course. Often described as Edinburgh’s younger, edgier relative, with a student population of almost 50,000, it has a cultural scene that is the envy of cities throughout the UK.

Education profile

There are four universities within ten miles of the city centre. They are: The University of Glasgow is a world leading higher education institution, regularly coming within the top 100 rankings. It is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world, giving it an enviable reputation globally for the education it offers its students. Glasgow excels in Accounting and Finance, Dentistry, Physics, Veterinary Medicine, social sciences, Law and Computer Science, amongst others, and its alumni include two former British Prime Ministers.

The University of Strathclyde is the city’s second oldest university and has an increasingly international outlook, with students and staff from over a hundred countries.

All Glasgow’s universities offer a wide variety of both taught and research-led graduate programs, in all academic areas. Masters courses usually last 12 months, whilst PhD programs are likely to take longer.

Immigration and visas

In order to study in Scotland, if you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to obtain a Tier 4 Study Visa. In order to do this you will need to prove that you have:
  • Recognised qualifications for the course you intend to study
  • An offer from a UK educational institution
  • Funds to support yourself whilst you are studying
To obtain a Tier 4 visa you will need to acquire 40 ‘points’.

Depending on where you are from you may be able to apply online, or using the application form VAF9. You may also need to submit the following documents, as well as undergoing fingerprinting and a facial recognition scan at a visa application centre:
Application form with confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS reference number) – awarding you 30 points
  • The original transcript/ certificate of qualifications relevant to your application
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself t6hroughout your course and pay your tuition fees – awarding you ten points
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Your original passport
Not all these documents may be required – whether they are will depend on your circumstances.

You can download all the required forms from the UK Border Agency website.

Life in Glasgow

Glasgow is a one of Britain’s most vibrant cities, and has a thriving cultural scene. It has numerous museums and art galleries, most of which are free to visit, as well as a well established live music scene. There are also a large number of theatres, and festivals taking place throughout the year – these include Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow Film Festival and the West End Festival, the city’s largest festival. It has been said in the past that Glasgow should be made Scotland’s capital, rather than Edinburgh.

Transport in Glasgow is easy to use and cheap – the city benefits from a regular local bus service, as well as the biggest rail network in the UK outside London. Glasgow International Airport is only a few miles outside the city, and provides links both to the rest of the UK and internationally.

Working In Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the top 20 financial centres in Europe, and many of Scotland’s most successful businesses call it home. More than 333,000 people are employed by the city’s top businesses.

If you are from outside the EEA and wish to remain in Glasgow or the surrounding area to work after you finish your postgraduate course, you will need to check if you fit into one of the schemes that the UK government operates. You need 95 ‘points’ to secure a Tier 1 visa – these will be awarded based on age, qualifications, previous earnings, experience of the UK, English language skill and the money you have to support yourself.

The main industries in Glasgow include finance and business services.
 
Find out more at the UK Border Agency website.

Accommodation

Most students in Glasgow live in the West End of the city, as this is where Glasgow University is located. Around three miles from the city centre, it is a laid back area and includes a large number of bars, cafes, boutique shops and hotels. Students living in this area rent privately, usually with friends, either in flats or houses.

The University of Glasgow offers the chance for students on graduate courses to live in halls of residence whilst they are studying. These residences are self-catered and will help you keep your independence whilst living in university run accommodation. Prices vary from £99 - £154 per week.

Weather and Climate

Glasgow has a mild climate due to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, but does not have distinct seasons as many other places do.  Spring and summer are from March to August and autumn and winter are between September and February.

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