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The University of Strathclyde

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Jordanhill, Merchant City, Glasgow

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Student Population:

15 000

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Strathclyde Business School, Faculty of Engineering, Humanites and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science

Why Choose The University of Strathclyde?

For more than 200 years, Strathclyde has been a ‘place of useful learning’, realising the vision of its founder, Professor John Anderson. Today it aspires to become one of the world’s leading technological universities. Based in the heart of Glasgow (Scotland), Strathclyde is a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of over 15,000 students from more than 100 countries. It’s partly because Glasgow is a brilliant city to live in. It’s partly because Scotland is an exciting place to be. But it’s mainly because Strathclyde is a friendly, switched-on, city-centre university that provides great teaching, cutting edge research and fantastic learning opportunities.


Teaching Quality

Strathclyde promotes excellence through continuous innovation in the curriculum and in approaches to teaching and learning.

  • The Times Higher Education Supplement - part of the Times newspaper group - last year placed Strathclyde University in 9th place in the UK in terms of teaching quality, the most important criterion when it comes to choosing study destinations.
  • The University of Strathclyde is ranked 25th in the Guardian League Table 2011.
  • Strathclyde is committed to providing a high-quality education and experience to all students, regardless of background, inspiring them to develop to the full their abilities, producing outstanding professional and enterprising people for industry, business and the professions.
  • The University aims to provide its students with excellent and innovative teaching, learning technologies and facilities.
  • Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is one of the largest and longest established business schools in Europe, with an outstanding reputation worldwide.
  • Just 1% of business schools have triple accreditation from the world’s leading assessors. SBS is one of them, accredited by. AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.
  • Many courses are accredited by professional institutions.


Research Quality

Being a technological university embraces all of the university’s academic subjects, from science and engineering to the humanities and social sciences. Fundamentally, its identity as a technological university comes from the principle of using university research and education for the benefit of humankind.

  • Every year, hundreds of postgraduate students make Strathclyde their first choice. It’s largely because of its international reputation for world-class research facilities and the excellence of teaching staff.
  • Research underpins Strathclyde’s education and knowledge exchange to make a significant impact, addressing today’s challenges and investigate tomorrow’s opportunities.
  • Strathclyde’s research goes from strength to strength with growth in areas of strategic importance – engineering, science, business and social sciences – and was confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.  Almost 60% of submissions was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Strathclyde Business School was rated in the top 10 UK-wide in comprehensive assessment of university research (RAE 2008). This put Strathclyde among the elite performers such as Warwick, Lancaster and Oxford, with 65% of staff classed as world class (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), with impressive performance also in areas from across the sciences and social sciences.
  • Substantial investment in world-class researchers and top quality equipment and facilities has been crucial in achieving this success. Other areas that performed impressively were: Chemistry (joint submission with Glasgow University under the WestChem research pooling), now ranked in the top 15 in the UK / Electronic and Electrical Engineering /Law /Mechanical Engineering (Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management) /Pharmacy (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).
  • Strathclyde is the UK's largest provider of postgraduate education - including a large number of continuing education and professional development programmes. The University has a long-standing worldwide reputation for excellence in academic research and innovation, and its extensive postgraduate courses are held in high regard by employers.
  • In the Faculty of Engineering, multi-million pound investments by the Research Councils, Government and Industry, including Rolls Royce and British Energy, are testament to the quality and relevance of the Faculty’s growing research portfolio.  Recent investments in facilities bring together the research strengths from across the faculty and push the boundaries in both world leading and relevant research.
  • The Engineering faculty is also the largest in Scotland, and has linked with Glasgow University to provide a joint department of naval architecture and marine engineering.



Strathclyde graduates are international in outlook and ready to apply their understanding of global issues, diverse cultures and languages.

  • European focus is evident through the university, which has encouraged all departments to adapt their courses to the needs of the single European market.  Many students combine engineering with European studies or languages to give themselves the edge in the job market.
  • The University’s English Language Teaching Division offers both intensive and non-intensive courses throughout the year and the pre-entry and pre-sessional courses run from April to September. One month of pre-sessional English language tuition is available free of charge to international students paying full overseas fees. For additional support during term-time, free tuition is also available for up to four hours each week for international students paying full overseas fees.
  • Strathclyde degrees allow students to spend part of their course studying in Europe or overseas. There are many opportunities to study abroad for either a full academic year or just one semester. Often, there is a choice between taking classes and doing a practical placement – either option will open the door to new experiences and new skills and will help make students even more employable. There are exchange opportunities available in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe and most are available to students in any subject discipline. Students will receive full academic credit for the year abroad, so there is no need to extend studies. Various funding packages are available.


Student Satisfaction

The student experience is at the heart of everything at Strathclyde. Its goal to provide high-quality, research-led education and an excellent student experience.

  • According to the most recent National Student Survey, student satisfaction levels are at 85%, higher than the UK average.
  • In the 2011 National Student Satisfaction Survey the university scored highly in many subjects, in particluar Chemistry had a 100 % student satisfaction score, followed closely by Accounting – 99% and Finance 97%. Many others were above 90% - a figure well above the UK average.


Employable Graduates

Strathclyde has a reputation for innovative, flexible learning which is relevant to students and employers.

  • Courses are developed in consultation with employers, giving students the skills they need in the workplace.  Such close collaboration with business helps Strathclyde’s graduates find work – the university boasts a below average figure of 6.9% of graduates unemployed six months after leaving and 80% are in graduate level jobs, ranking Strathclyde 16th in the UK.
  • The Careers Service was rated joint second for excellence in a national student satisfaction survey from the 30 top UK universities identified by employers.


Variety of Courses

The Strathclyde curriculum is innovative, radical and practical. Students benefit from partnerships with industry, business and the voluntary and public sectors.

  • Strathclyde has three faculties and one school, they are: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, faculty of Science and Strathclyde Business School.
  • Strathclyde is investing in academic programmes that reflect a positive, creative and innovative approach that will position the university at the forefront of teaching and learning.
  • Strathlclyde provides courses that will develop students’ ability to think for themselves, to reflect critically on their experiences and to be self-reliant.
  • It wants its students to be enterprising, enquiring and ethical, actively engaged in their own learning and in solving the complex problems and global challenges facing society.
  • Strathclyde’s degree structure allows the student great flexibility to choose the ideal combination of courses for their chosen career path.
  • International students in a full-time degree programme will have the opportunity work on their English language skills, benefitting from free class tuition of up to four hours a week whilst they study at Strathclyde.



The University of Strathclyde sits at the heart of Glasgow’s historic, cultural, commercial and spiritual centre. The Lonely Planet Guide for 2009 named Glasgow as one of the world’s best cities – the only UK city included in the top 10.  Scotland’s largest city is well known for its friendliness and its sense of style. Elegant buildings, outstanding art collections, a flourishing music scene and fashionable bars, restaurants and shopping. Many of Scotland’s arts organisations are based in Glasgow – the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to name but a few. Glasgow is also home to the Mitchell Library, the largest public library in Europe, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction. Glasgow may buzz with life and activity, but it also provides plenty of opportunity to unwind. Did you know that ‘Glasgow’ means ‘dear

green place’? With more than 70 parks and green spaces, you can easily discover a haven away from the rush of modern urban life.

Glasgow has been chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Winning the opportunity to host the games is testament to Glasgow’s excellent sporting facilities and the key role that sport plays in life in the city.

Just 40 miles and 45 minutes from Edinburgh by train - the John Anderson Campus is five minutes from train, subway and bus stations - and just a quick 20 minutes’ shuttle to Glasgow Airport and a short hop by plane to London. It’s also only a short bus journey to the world-famous Scottish Highlands. With its lush landscape and peaceful lochs, the Highlands provide a great rural retreat.

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