How to Get Into Glasgow University

I’ve lost count of how many times students have asked me: ‘How do I get into Glasgow University?’ I can tell you what I do remember though, and that’s the answer. Here at The Profs, 95% of our students get into their first or second-choice universities! 

Glasgow University looks out for completely different characteristics from many other Russell Group universities. They have so many applicants that it can be hard to stand out. I’ll run through some tips on how to demonstrate the X factor in this article.

Many of our team members have worked in admissions for top-tier universities. So, if anyone has the know-how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. In our experience, we’ve seen that very few students know how to write an undergraduate university application that targets Glasgow’s unique admissions criteria. Thankfully, we offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer. 

Read on for insider information from our team of admissions experts.

  1. Is your academic record as polished as possible?
  2. How to ACTUALLY go beyond your school syllabus
  3. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance
  4. Invest in your personal statement
  5. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?
  6. Don’t trip on your admissions tests
  7. Remember the purpose of your interview

Is Glasgow a Russell Group university?

The University of Glasgow is one of the 24 Russell Group universities, located in the most populous city in Scotland. It is regularly ranked among the top universities in the UK, ranking as 10th best according to Times Higher Education and 11th best according to The Guardian University Guide (2023).

What are the Glasgow entry requirements?

Glasgow University’s entry requirements vary depending on the course you’re applying to study and the country you’re applying from. The table below shows the UK qualifications and some of the most common international qualifications accepted by Glasgow, and the entry requirements for each.

QualificationEntry requirements
SQA HigherRanging from AAAAAA Higher or AAAA + BB Advanced Higher (AAAAB S5 minimum for consideration) to AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher + B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration), depending on the course.
A LevelsA*AA-BBB, depending on the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB)38 (6,6,6 at Higher Level) – 32 (6,5,5 at Higher Level), depending on the course.
Baccalauréat Général (France)Minimum overall average of 14, and 13 in three subjects including required subjects. Some courses have higher requirements than this.
Arbitur (Germany)Minimum overall average grade of 1.7 with grade 12 in 4 Abiturprüfung subjects. Any required subjects should be taken, when possible, at Advanced Level (Leistungsfach). Some courses have higher requirements than this.
Indian Standard XII (CBSE/ISC)Minimum requirement of 75% average including 75% in key subjects. Some courses have higher requirements than this.
GPA (USA)Minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and advanced coursework in required subjects.
Other international qualificationsCheck the full list of international qualifications accepted by Glasgow.

Glasgow accepts a wide range of international qualifications. It displays international qualifications by country on its individual course pages, so always check there before applying. For more information on how to apply to Glasgow as an international student, check on the university’s own support page, read our guide for international applicants, or get in touch with The Profs for one-to-one support from one of our international admissions experts.

Does Glasgow give contextual offers?

The University of Glasgow does take into account contextual information when considering applications and operates a system of contextualised admissions for applicants living in Scotland. Glasgow also offers a range of pre-entry programmes that may lead to a contextual offer being made to participants. These widening participation programmes include: Top-Up Programme, Summer School, Reach, Access to a Career, University Experience Week, and Sutton Trust Summer School.

Many students won’t be eligible for Glasgow’s contextual offers, however it is always worth checking using the university’s published eligibility criteria.

Please note: If you’re applying for a professional or vocational course and you have not had access to work experience or shadowing due to extenuating or contextual circumstances, then mention this in your personal statement and reference. Glasgow University understands that these opportunities are not always equally accessible.

7 tips for getting into Glasgow

1. Is your academic record as polished as possible?

The entry requirements for Glasgow differ greatly between courses – not just in terms of grades, but also the specific subjects required. For example, for its Dentistry course, applicants are required to achieve As in both Chemistry and Biology at A level, plus an A in an additional subject.

If you need support improving your grades to meet Glasgow’s competitive entry requirements or making your application stand out, then reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants today. We’ll offer a free discovery call to determine your likelihood of achieving a place at Glasgow and set up any additional support you may need.

2.  How to ACTUALLY go beyond your school syllabus

When it comes to writing your personal statement, showing a genuinely passionate and in-depth understanding of your subject goes a long way. Glasgow University places importance on research and encourages independent thinking. Highlight any research projects or academic investigations you have undertaken, including dissertations, extended essays, or scientific experiments. Discuss how these experiences have developed your critical thinking, analytical skills, and ability to work independently.

When it comes to writing your personal statement, showing a genuinely passionate and in-depth understanding of your subject goes a long way. Glasgow University values academic, independent, and well-read students, so citing wider reading and other extracurricular activities you’ve done to specifically enhance your knowledge of your chosen subject area will help you stand out to them. Try to make sure that every book and article you’ve read, club you’ve taken part in, or organisation you’ve volunteered with is clearly relevant to your subject.

If you’re not sure what to include in your personal statement, reach out to our team of tutors today. We can help you to identify where your strengths are and advise you on how to develop your academic and extracurricular profile ready for submitting your application to Glasgow University.

Insider tip 1: You cannot include details about the specific Glasgow course you’re applying for in your personal statement because this statement will be sent to all of the universities you apply for. However, you can (and should) still do your research into your chosen course at Glasgow and use this information to subtly tailor your statement.

For example, you could look at notable tutors/lecturers working in the department and see what research they have done and what modules they teach. If you see something that aligns with your interests, consider citing a piece of research or book they have written, or talk in depth about a specific topic they cover in a module. This could give you a one-up over other applicants when the department comes to making final decisions about who to offer places to.

Insider tip 2: Research Glasgow University itself! Glasgow University has a vibrant and historic campus. Take the time to explore the campus virtually or, if possible, visit in person on open days (or virtual events). Familiarise yourself with the facilities, libraries, and resources available to students. Mention specific aspects of the campus or facilities that appeal to you and how they will enhance your academic experience. It’s also a good idea to research your specific department at Glasgow so that you can reference special achievements or research and demonstrate genuine enthusiasm.

3. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance

Glasgow University values practical experience and encourages applicants to showcase their relevant work experience. If you have participated in internships, research projects, or industry placements, emphasise how these experiences have contributed to your academic and personal development, and how they align with your chosen course.

To help prove your commitment to your long-term goals outlined in your personal statement, you should look to gain relevant work experience in your field. Whether paid or unpaid, having experience working in your desired field will provide you with invaluable real-life knowledge about the industry.

For some Glasgow courses, such as Common Law (LLB), work experience is valued highly, so it’s important that you get experience in relevant settings. For example, Law applicants should try to gain experience in a courtroom, law firm, charity, or governmental organisation. You should also show that you understand the difference between Law and Scots Law and the different career paths those degrees qualify you to pursue. Read our guide to applying for Law for more information on this competitive degree programme.

Some courses are harder than others to find direct work experience for. If you can’t secure work experience relevant to your chosen subject, try to engage in as many extracurricular activities related to your chosen subject area as you can instead. Glasgow values students with a healthy, diverse list of hobbies and accomplishments outside of work, such as academic societies, honours that you may have won, as well as activities with transferable skills.

For instance, if you’re applying for Philosophy, you may enter essay competitions to develop your essay-writing skills or attend clubs that require you to use logical thinking and problem-solving skills, like a chess club or debating society.

Insider tip: If you are applying for a professional or vocational degree programme, your personal statement should prove that you comprehend the profession and you should have evidence of relevant work experience or work shadowing. Other experiences/achievements are also recommended, like volunteering or community work. 

4. Invest in your personal statement

It may seem obvious given the tips above, but making sure that you’re investing plenty of time into writing your personal statement is crucial to the success of your application. For many of Glasgow’s most competitive courses, lots of applicants will achieve the grades required for entry. Glasgow, like other top universities, will therefore be relying on applicants’ personal statements to decide who to offer places to, so it’s really important to submit the best personal statement possible. 

Use your personal statement as a chance to express what makes you more committed and more passionate than most. Keep a record of all of your academic achievements, career ambitions, skills, and experience, and use these to build a solid personal statement that explains exactly why you would be an excellent candidate for your chosen course. 

Crafting an excellent personal statement takes time and expertise. That’s where The Profs can help. Our experienced admissions tutors work with you throughout the university application process, providing guidance on how to enhance your academic profile and ultimately write a stand-out statement that is tailored to Glasgow and your specific course. Thanks to our support, more than 95% of students we work with receive an offer from their first or second choice university. For more information on how we can help, get in touch with our team today.

Also, If you have connections or know any Glasgow University alumni, consider reaching out to them for advice or insights into the application process and university life. Their experiences and perspectives can provide unique insights and strengthen your application. 

Insider tip: Glasgow emphasises student experience and prides itself on this so it’s good to show you’re in alignment with this and would engage and involve yourself as a student of Glasgow University. Glasgow sees that universities have an impact on the public good and believes that this is through the student, hence they value students who think critically, understand society and seek an impact on it. 

Insider tip: A good referee is important. Glasgow specifically mentions the importance of an applicant’s referee demonstrating their readiness for higher education and their suitability for their chosen degree programme. Get to know your referee so that they can get to know you. Obviously, you want them to speak highly of you, but ideally, they will highlight your skills and qualities that are relevant to your chosen degree. For this reason, as well as for the general impression of your application, it is best to choose a referee who teaches your chosen subject or within your discipline. It is also a good idea to choose a referee who knows you well enough to write you something of quality. 

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

5. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Getting into Glasgow is a great goal to have, but it’s also important to think about the long-term plan. Like Oxbridge, Edinburgh, Warwick, and other top UK universities, Glasgow will not only want to see a genuine passion and commitment to studying your chosen course but also a plan of how the skills and knowledge you will develop on the course will help you achieve longer-term goals. 

Make sure that your goals are specific to the course you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to study Medicine, demonstrate that you really understand the medical field by citing a specific area of Medicine you are particularly interested in, such as Paediatrics, Neurology, or Surgery. What about this area appeals to you and why? And importantly, how will a degree from Glasgow help you pursue this?

Your long-term goals don’t have to be industry-specific; if your course doesn’t have one clear career path (like Medicine or Law), they may be academic (such as wanting to study a Master’s or PhD) and you may be at the very beginning of your exploration. Glasgow won’t expect you to be super detailed or stick to your plan at this stage, but it’s good to show that you are motivated and driven.

For more support on coming up with a career plan or simply tailoring your personal statement to a university like Glasgow, get in touch with our team.

Insider tip: Glasgow University is part of the Glasgow Guarantee, which aims to connect students with employment and work experience opportunities in the city. Familiarise yourself with this initiative and mention how it aligns with your career goals and aspirations. Highlight your interest in taking advantage of the Glasgow Guarantee to gain valuable industry experience during your studies.

6. Don’t trip on your admissions tests

Most of Glasgow’s undergraduate courses do not require an admissions test. However, Law or Medicine/Dentistry applicants are required to take the LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test) or UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test).

Once you know which admissions tests you will be required to do, it’s important that you prepare adequately and in advance. Just like your A level (or equivalent) grades, any tests will play a crucial role in whether or not you are considered for a place on your chosen course, so it’s important to treat them with as much attention as your final exams. 

How long you’ll need and how best to prepare for your admissions test will depend on which one you are taking. The following guides give you the key information and steps to start preparing for some of the admission tests used by Glasgow:

The Profs also advise working with a specialist admissions test expert who can guide you through the exact content you’ll need to learn, explain how to meet the mark scheme requirements, as well as provide tried-and-tested tips on how to succeed in the exam. The Profs’ admissions test tutors have years of experience successfully preparing students for the test they specialise in, and many have even been university admissions officers and exam markers themselves, so they know just what universities like Glasgow are looking for. Get in touch with our team to find out more about how we can help you.

7. Remember the purpose of your interview

Glasgow University does not routinely or systematically offer interviews. You may or may not be invited to one.

Generally, you will almost certainly be interviewed if you are applying to Glasgow as an undergraduate for: Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be invited for an interview if you are applying for Year 2 entry in any subject. You are also likely to be interviewed if you have been shortlisted for a postgraduate course in business or finance.

The form and style of the Glasgow’s interviews can vary. Usually, the Glasgow interviews are panel interviews and intended to be conversational. They can be longer than traditional interviews so you’re encouraged to answer with detailed answers. 

If you are called for an interview, it’s not to be overlooked! How you perform could make or break your offer. Talk to our experienced and knowledgeable interview coaches for expert advice!

Get 1-to-1 guidance from an expert admissions tutor

At the Profs, we have many admissions consultants who can guide you through the process of applying to Glasgow University, as well as Oxbridge, UCL, and other top universities. We offer our students the very best tuition in the business – in fact, only 3% of tutors who apply to our network are accepted to work with us. As a result, more than 95% of our applicants receive an offer from their first or second choice universities at undergraduate level. 

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FAQs

What is the Glasgow acceptance rate?

In 2021, the undergraduate Glasgow acceptance rate was 15.6% (based on data by UCAS). The university received 42,180 applications and granted places to 6,605 students. However, with the help of The Profs’ expert Glasgow consultants, 95% of our students receive an offer from their first or second choice university, so get in touch with our team to maximise your chances of getting in.

Which subjects is Glasgow known for?

Glasgow is a great all-rounder university that specialises in a range of subjects and disciplines. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for 15 subject areas, including Medicine, Business and Management Studies, Civil Engineering, Geography and Environmental Science, and Sociology. Glasgow is also one of the top 20 universities in the world for social and environmental sustainability.

How old is Glasgow University?

The University of Glasgow was established in 1451, making it the fourth oldest university in the UK and the second oldest university in Scotland behind St Andrews.

Is Glasgow University good?

The University of Glasgow is regularly ranked among the top universities in the UK, currently ranking as 10th best according to Times Higher Education and 11th best according to The Guardian University Guide. It is also ranked in the top 10 in the UK for 15 subject areas, including Medicine, Business and Management Studies, Civil Engineering, Geography and Environmental Science, and Sociology.

Where is Glasgow University?

The University of Glasgow is located in the city of Glasgow in the western lowlands of Scotland. Glasgow’s main campus, Gilmorehill Campus, is located in the west end of Glasgow, 3 miles from the city centre.

Is Glasgow a campus university?

The University of Glasgow is technically a campus university, with its main campus being located 3 miles from the city centre. Due to the location of its main campus in the city of Glasgow, it has a busier, more metropolitan feel than many other campus universities. Glasgow also has two other campuses: Garscube Campus (located around 4 miles away from the main campus) and Dumfries Campus, a more rural campus located in the southwest of Scotland.