“The enthusiasm of staff for their subject and the support provided for student has inspired me to continue my studies and made my time at university very enjoyable.” Iano Jocks MA in History and Classics
Whether you are thinking about taking your undergraduate degree, Masters or PhD with us, the College of Arts offers a supportive and vibrant environment. Our taught programmes are developed with an understanding of the current context of the creative, cultural and heritage sectors and with the specific needs of employers in mind. Whether you choose to follow an academic or professional pathway, we will equip you with the skills necessary to succeed.
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Globally, Glasgow is in the top 1% of universities, and ranked 83rd for Arts and Humanities in the 2011 QS rankings.
In recent years our professors have taught in universities across the world including ANU Canberra, Cambridge, Dartmouth, Emory, the European University, Florence, Humboldt, the LSE, Moscow, Oslo, Rutgers, the Sorbonne, Texas, Trinity College, Dublin, University of British Columbia, Utrecht and Yale. Whether it is academic exchange, research collaboration or study abroad, Glasgow attracts the best and brightest all over the world.
The College of Arts researches and teaches the subjects which were present at founding of the University’s foundation. Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world.
In the eighteenth century, our College was a major contributor to the Scottish Enlightenment: our professors in Arts have included Adam Smith, Thomas Reid and Francis Hutcheson, major figures on the world stage, while our students have included many of the leading figures within literature, history, politics and society, such as the writers James Boswell, John Buchan, William McIlvanney and Edwin Morgan, politicians such as Menzies Campbell, Donald Dewar, Winnie Ewing, Charles Kennedy, Liam Fox and Nicola Sturgeon and broadcasters like Shereen Nanjiani.
Our research is transformative and engages with science and society on an international level. History of Art is rated number one for research in the UK, while seven more of our subjects are in the UK top 10, and five more in the UK top 20 according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. We are always striving to do more; in 2012 we captured the second largest amount of grants in the UK for the arts and humanities.
Bright and talented, our students are independent and inspirational. They are taught by and engage with world leading researcher and practitioners. Our final year students rate us amongst the leading universities in the UK according to the National Student Survey. Glasgow also has the highest level of international student satisfaction according to the International Student barometer (summer 2011). Based in one of the best cities in Europe, with over 800 undergraduate degree combinations and 70 postgraduate taught programme, the college drives a culturally engaged and employment aware student experience. The result is that our graduates have an impressive employment record, and have progressed to significant appointments in a range of professional fields.
Glasgow is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music and host around 130 music events every week. Four of the five national performing companies are based in Glasgow, The Scottish Ballet, The Scottish Opera , the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the National Theatre of Scotland. Celtic Connections, with more than 100 000 ticket sales annually, is one of the largest winter festivals in the world. The city is also home to 17 museums and galleries which are the most visited in the UK outside of London, with 2.3 million visitors each year. Glasgow is also home to BBC Scotland and STV: A recent report identified it as the city with the strongest cultural portfolio outside London. The central shopping area is second in the UK for retail footfall. Greater Glasgow has a population of 1.2 million and provides 25% of Scotland’s exports from an environment of 28 500 businesses and 561 000 jobs.