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About University of Strathclyde

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Times Higher University of the Year – again!

We're delighted to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only university to be awarded the UK-wide award for a second time!

We picked up the top prize at the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, beating off stiff competition from universities around the country. We were also recognised for Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards and previously Scottish University of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is one of the UK’s leading universities, meeting the needs of students, employers, industry and the wider community through its teaching, research and consultancy. Founded in 1796 and granted its Royal Charter in 1964, the ethos of ‘useful learning’ has always been at the heart of what Strathclyde offers. Today, Strathclyde is the third largest university in Scotland and welcomes more than 22,000 full-time students from over 100 countries who are attracted by the University’s strong academic reputation and stimulating study environment.

The University has an excellent reputation not only in teaching and research but also for its strong links with industry and the commercial sector. Strathclyde is a leading international technological university, and occupies a unique place among British universities by combining academic tradition with forward-thinking teaching and innovative research. Every year thousands of students make Strathclyde their first choice. This is largely thanks to our world-class reputation, but also because Strathclyde is a friendly and forward-thinking university based in the heart of Glasgow, one of Europe’s finest cities.

Postgraduate study

The University has four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science and the Strathclyde Business School. We offer a wide range of postgraduate courses in all disciplines and we are recognised as one of the largest providers of postgraduate education in the UK.

The Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde is “First for Engineering” in Scotland and is one of the largest, best equipped engineering faculty in the UK and easily the largest in Scotland. We are renowned for our close links with industry, our outstanding teaching and research ratings, and our state of the art facilities. This means that our graduates are in demand world-wide. If you are serious about a career in engineering, this is the place to be.

Science graduates from Strathclyde have an edge. The Department of Physics is rated the number one department in the UK – above both Oxford and Cambridge. Employers admire the quality of teaching, the facilities and the high-calibre research that has led to numerous life-changing breakthroughs. If you seek excellence and innovation, we guarantee you’ll find it here where there is an emphasis on the application of science.

Humanities and Social Sciences includes one of Scotland’s top Law Schools and is a leading provider of professional development within the public and voluntary sector professions. It puts the student experience at its heart, striving for excellence in a research-led environment. More students train to be teachers at Strathclyde than anywhere else in Scotland. The University offers the very best start for those who will help shape the minds of tomorrow.

Strathclyde Business School is in the top 10 in UK and number one in Scotland and is places top in the UK for its Research Environment. Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold the Triple Crown – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditations, and Strathclyde is one of them. If you have what it takes then this is the place to school yourself in business excellence. There is a wide range of specialist Masters programmes, including our flagship MBA.


Research is of central importance in everything that we do at Strathclyde. It informs our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and allows us to translate findings into impact which makes a difference to business, industry and society as a whole.

  • Strathclyde has jumped 14 places in the latest Research Excellence Framework, one of the biggest moves in the UK.
  • We are in the top 20 research-intensive universities in the UK.
  • Our REF results places us at 4th in Scotland.
  • A total of 13 departments are ranked in their subject top 10 in the UK.
  • Our ‘Research Environment’ score is the third best in Scotland.
  • Four subjects have the top ‘Research Environment’ score in Scotland.
  • Our institutional ‘Intensity’ score is third in Scotland and 29th in the UK.
  • Strathclyde’s intensity-weighted GPA score puts us at 17th in the UK.


Whatever your reasons for study, your career development is an integral part of your postgraduate education. Studying at Strathclyde means that you will benefit from one of the UK’s best university Careers Services. Our service has been awarded the Government’s Charter Mark for service quality five times.

We offer access to world-class IT facilities with over 30 computer labs, offering 24-hour access. There are 1000 Wi-Fi zones across the campus keeping you connected when and where you need it. Library facilities are impressive, offering over 2,000 reader places in total. Competitively priced, good-quality university accommodation is available on campus in the student village and is guaranteed for all full-time students from outside Glasgow.

There are excellent facilities for a wide range of sports, including an activities room with a weight-training area, squash courts, a swimming pool, and a cardiovascular suite with more than 50 exercise machines.

Glasgow is a financial, commercial and tourist centre, and is one of the liveliest and most stylish cities in the UK. Students can enjoy some of the most exciting arts and cultural events in the world, and Glasgow is identified with innovative architecture and design. Living and studying in Glasgow is a unique experience.

The Strathclyde campus is located in the heart of the city, which ensures you will enjoy all that Glasgow has to offer including its cultural highlights, fantastic shopping and reputation for live music. Glasgow is a great city to be a student in, and the people of Glasgow have a reputation for being friendly and are more than happy to help out if you need advice on what to do and where to go.

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Facts and figures
  • Number of students: 6000