Diploma in Professional Legal Practice PgDip

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The Diploma provides you with the necessary qualification to pursue a law traineeship. It is the first step towards a career as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. Our goal is to equip you with the hands-on skills necessary to practise law in the 21st century. We create opportunities for you to develop a professional network which will support you throughout your career.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • Designed by practising lawyers, our programme replicates the work that you will do when you commence your traineeship.
  • The Glasgow Legal 40, highly experienced legal alumni of the university, supports our Diploma students through mentorship and by attending our networking events.
  • We work with employers to ensure that our programme meets their requirements, enabling you to commence your traineeship with the necessary skills and knowledge.
  • You will receive one to one in-person feedback from tutors on every course.
  • Our library of filmed resources has been developed in collaboration with the judiciary and our tutors. It includes material such as court hearings, covering criminal trials, proofs, debates, motions and a judicial review as well as a mediation, collaboration and negotiation.
  • You will attend Glasgow Sheriff Court and appear before sheriffs to deliver pleas in mitigation; police officers attend the university to take part in court cases.
  • Our 200 tutors are all highly experienced legal practitioners. They are dedicated, enthusiastic, and keen to share their experience with the next generation of lawyers.

Programme structure

You will take five core and three optional courses. This allows you to select courses which suit your areas of interest or meet the requirements of your future employers in the legal profession. Courses are delivered through a combination of on-line resources, e-modules, lectures and by small group tutorials (12 or less). Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and committed tutors, almost all of whom are practising solicitors or advocates, are all focused on ensuring that you meet the requirement of a “Day 1 ready trainee” by the end of each course.

Core courses

  • Civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols)
  • Commercial awareness
  • Conveyancing (incorporating purchase, sale and commercial leases)
  • Criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence and procedure and negotiation)
  • Private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship).

Optional courses

  • Advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals)
  • Advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy)
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial conveyancing
  • Contemporary Scottish public law
  • Corporate
  • Family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation)
  • Human rights (incorporating topics such as employment, asylum and immigration, criminal, children's hearing referrals).

Students contemplating a career as an advocate at the Scottish Bar are able to take courses in International Private Law and/or Roman Law at no additional cost. These courses are compulsory entry requirements for the Faculty of Advocates.

Further information

What our students say

Caroline Bone, 2015-16

‘The Diploma offers the perfect stepping stone from undergraduate life to the traineeship. The breadth of courses on offer allows you to develop the skills required to become well-rounded trainees. I especially enjoyed the array of tutors I had the pleasure of meeting and being taught by, and the life experiences and skills they shared with us. The assessments proved to be exciting and challenging, at the same time offering a 'real' version of daily challenges students will face as a trainee lawyer. The Diploma offers many ways to develop networking skills, provides opportunities to attend interesting guest lectures, and even the chance to help a start-up business through the 'CLASP' scheme linked to the corporate course. The Glasgow Legal 40 events provide an invaluable opportunity for students to network with lawyers currently in the field and gain insights into the work we will face in the future. Many of my fellow students benefitted from the Glasgow Legal 40 events in terms of making contacts and, in some cases, securing traineeship places. I now feel excited, and prepared, for my next stage: commencing my traineeship this September.’ 

Mohammed Desai, 2015-16

‘The support from the teaching staff has been second to none. The lectures provided a good overview whilst the tutorial groups allowed any concerns to be fully addressed. I found the tutorial work to be very helpful as it was in smaller groups and the environment was friendly. The work in tutorial groups was intensive; however, this approach mimics the day to day life of a solicitor.  I felt as though the University provided a wide range of support in order for students to gain a traineeship: the admin staff sent out emails for traineeship vacancies and deadlines, there were many events provided by the University to help with finding traineeships and the Director of the Diploma also met with students. The skills and knowledge which I learnt in the Diploma have helped me a lot due to the fact that the work is practical and is aimed to help create a ‘first day ready’ trainee, meaning that when you get your traineeship, you are able to hit the ground running. I thoroughly enjoyed the Diploma course as it gave me a practical and useful insight into the work of a solicitor. I wouldn’t say the course was easy, however, it allowed me to learn faster and acquire the skills which I hope to use and improve on as a trainee solicitor in Scotland.’ 

Lia Devine, 2015-16

‘I decided to complete the Diploma at Glasgow owing to positive reviews from friends who had previously studied there and because it offered a great variety of subjects to study. It was easy to integrate in the Diploma - the class sizes are fairly small and so you get to know people really quickly. The tutors and lecturers definitely contributed to the relaxed, friendly vibe of the Diploma, with a wealth of different experiences to share. It was great to be afforded the opportunity to get help, advice and knowledge from people currently doing the job that you are learning to do. The Diploma is also really useful for building your confidence. I remember in my first class I felt nervous to stand up and speak in front of the class. However, you are made to do this regularly and you get used to it. You also get the opportunity to go to the Sheriff Court and present a plea there - it is a great learning experience and everyone in my year really enjoyed it. During the Diploma you are encouraged to attend many networking events and career fairs. The staff really do everything they can to try to help you secure a traineeship. There is a lot of support offered and staff members were very approachable.’

Daniel Kinloch, 2015-16

‘The main reason I decided to do my Diploma at the University of Glasgow was because it was 95% practical and taught by practicing lawyers and Sheriffs. The practical aspects of the course meant I commenced my traineeship with a slight advantage: I was familiar with Court procedure and the basics of how to draft legal documentation. The Diploma forced me out my comfort zone from day one. However, my confidence grew each week and new skills with it, whether this was advocacy skills or how to deal with difficult clients. Another benefit of the Diploma was the Glasgow Legal 40. I was able to network and meet professionals who shared their experience and passed on their invaluable advice. Lastly, the Diploma team actively help the students secure traineeships. For example, emails with potential traineeships are emailed weekly and CV workshops are available to all students. I started the Diploma with no traineeship secured. I finished it with two traineeship offers, one which had been circulated by the Diploma team.’

Joan McHutchison, 2015-16

‘The Diploma at the University of Glasgow offers students a unique and invaluable insight into what a career in law holds and the challenges that will likely be encountered. From presenting submissions in the Sheriff Court, to articulating legal arguments in an employment tribunal setting, I was constantly on my feet communicating a case or defending an argument. The practical nature of tutorials and assessments mirror the expectations of a ‘day one’ trainee; I now have confidence in my ability to perform in any given situation during my traineeship. Tutorial groups were limited to 10-12 students which promoted a high level of class participation and in-depth debate. I found that the breadth of knowledge and experience offered by the teaching staff motivated students to perform and deliver results beyond their expectations. Tutors frequently went above and beyond to answer questions outside of working hours and provide specialist insight and advice on traineeships and other areas of employability. Throughout the Diploma a variety of networking events were organised to introduce students to practising members of the legal profession. I was also able to take advantage of the mentoring programme which matched a student’s legal interests with a member of the profession who could offer in-depth practical advice. I began the Diploma without a traineeship; owing to the dedication, commitment and perseverance of the Diploma team I completed the Diploma with the offer of my ideal traineeship. The Diploma offers endless opportunities to develop new skills, meet inspiring people and realise achievements beyond expectation. The Diploma is the perfect foundation upon which to build a legal career.’

Áine McShane, 2015-16

‘I chose to undertake the Diploma at the University of Glasgow, having thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an undergraduate student there and being attracted to the networking opportunities available. There was ample opportunity to meet a wide range of professionals within the legal world. The Glasgow Legal 40 events, in particular, made networking far more accessible. Through the Glasgow Legal 40 I was able to secure a work experience placement which has been of great benefit to me as I have now secured a traineeship.  My tutors on the Diploma were all very approachable and friendly. I was apprehensive about starting the Diploma as I knew there was a strong focus on advocacy skills and I did not feel confident in my own abilities. After a short time, however, I felt far more at ease due to the support and encouragement I was given by my tutors. The advocacy skills and confidence that I gained through this experience have undoubtedly helped me - I now appear regularly in the Small Claims court in Edinburgh as part of my role as a first year trainee. The Diploma at Glasgow has certainly helped me gain a wide variety of practical skills that will stand me in good stead throughout my traineeship.’ 

Tariq Nabi, 2015-16

‘Prior to starting the Diploma, I worked in the financial services industry for two years. The University of Glasgow Diploma staff provided a supportive environment in which to learn. I was relieved to find a diverse range of students from both Glasgow and elsewhere – many of whom had taken time out between completing the LLB and enrolling on the Diploma. Attending Glasgow Legal 40 events also provided opportunities to network with prominent solicitors in an informal setting. I found that the insights and experiences of legal practice they shared with us almost as important as learning how to practice law itself. In terms of teaching quality, the tutors were fantastic! They were friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Tutorials are designed to encourage students to participate in discussions and present arguments concisely. I personally gained a great deal from in-class motions on a near weekly basis. It increased my confidence when speaking in front of an audience immeasurably. Indeed, one highlight included attending the Sheriff Court to present a motion in front of a real Sheriff. The Diploma provides the necessary resources to turn you into a ‘day one ready’ trainee, and I genuinely do feel more equipped to start my Training Contract having completed it. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Diploma staff for their hard work and support throughout the year.’

Gregor Watt, 2015-16

‘Each course was very practical and gave a great insight into what would be required of a trainee in professional practice. One highlight, in particular, was the plea in mitigation assessment for Criminal Litigation, which was undertaken at Glasgow Sheriff Court. This involved delivering a plea in mitigation for a mock client to a real Sheriff. In terms of extra-curricular activity, the Diploma had much to offer.  This ranged from Medico-Legal evening lectures, Client Consultation and Negotiation Competitions, to the Corporate Law Advisory Support Project. The latter enabled students to deliver legal advice to start-up businesses, while under the supervision of qualified lawyers, allowing us to use our skills beyond tutorials. One further draw was the Glasgow Legal 40. The Glasgow Legal 40 is a group of University of Glasgow legal alumni who support students in various ways including mentoring and attending networking events.  I found this of particular use as my mentor offered me work experience at his office, which led to a summer placement at another. Finally, the Diploma team and administrative staff should not go without recognition. They are always on hand to provide answers to queries at any time of day or night and always go the extra mile to guarantee the success of the programme for their students.’

Academic staff

Our Diploma in Professional Legal Practice staff strives to deliver excellence in professional legal education and ensure that our students are prepared for practice. Each of our senior tutors, who are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the Scottish legal profession, lead a team of experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff, offering expert professional guidance.

Director of Professional Legal Practice (Academic)‌, Professor Tom Guthrie

Tom has taught at the University of Glasgow since 1999. He previously lectured at the University of Paisley. Tom is convener of the Academic Standards Committee and Quality Officer in the College of Social Sciences.

tom.guthrie@glasgow.ac.uk

Diploma Administrator, Fiona Macaulay

‌fiona.macaulay@glasgow.ac.uk

Diploma Administrative Assistant, Fatima Samodien

‌fatima.samodien@glasgow.ac.uk

Joint Senior Tutor Civil Litigation, Anne Bennie

‌Anne is a member of the Faculty of Advocates with extensive experience of representing private and commercial clients in Sheriff Courts and Court of Session. She has acted for clients at Fatal Accident and Public Inquiries and is also experienced in leading negotiations at Arbitration and Mediation.

Joint Senior Tutor Civil Litigation, Gillian Craig

‌Gillian is a partner at MacRoberts. She has a particular interest in property litigation and insolvency matters. She has represented clients in the sheriff courts, Lands Tribunal and Lands Court and regularly instructs actions in the Court of Session. Gillian also has a wealth of experience in employing ADR methods - successfully negotiating and settling disputes extra-judicially, where possible.

Joint Senior Tutor Advanced Civil Litigation, John Paul Sheridan

John Paul is a director of TLT Scotland Ltd specialising in litigation. He is a solicitor advocate with particular expertise in financial services litigation and professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and architects. He also specialises in complex contractual, commercial and property related disputes. He is recognised as an expert in the field of Dispute Resolution by Chambers UK, a guide to the legal profession, and as a leading individual by Legal 500.

Senior Tutor Corporate, Alan Stewart

Alan is a partner in Kergan Stewart, a boutique firm, specialising in corporate law. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate work, having been a partner in a number of law firms as well as having been head of an in-house legal department. Alan has covered the full range of corporate work - start-ups, debt and equity fundings, mergers and acquisitions, flotations and privatisations.

Senior Tutor Criminal Litigation, Professor Sheriff Alfred Vannet

Sheriff Alfred Vannet is Sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway. Appointed Head of the Appeals section in the Crown Office in 1984, he was in charge of the Crown Office investigation into the Piper Alpha disaster. He acted as Solicitor to the Public inquiry. Alfred was subsequently appointed Deputy Crown Agent. Between 1997 and 1999 he was Regional Procurator Fiscal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin before his appointment as Sheriff in 1999. Sheriff Vannet is an Honorary Member of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Senior Tutor Advanced Criminal Litigation, Mr Michael Meehan

Michael is a member of the Faculty of Advocates. He was called to the Bar in 2003, following 5 years in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service [COPFS] and 7 years as a solicitor in private practice. Within COPFS, he gained extensive experience including preparing High Court prosecutions. He spent three years as an Advocate Depute, during which time he prepared and prosecuted many complex, serious and sensitive cases including road traffic, firearms, drugs, sexual offences and murder cases, before returning to the defence Bar in 2009. He is extensively instructed in both High Court and Sheriff Court cases.

Joint Senior Tutor Family Law, Bernadette Baxter

Bernadette is a partner with Naftalin Duncan & Co Solicitors. She specialises in Civil Litigation with particular emphasis on Family Law. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1988, Ms Baxter has represented children and parties both in negotiations and in the conduct of cases including Child Welfare Hearings, Children’s Referral Proofs and Ordinary Proofs. In 1999 she helped to found the Family Team at Glasgow Sheriff Court, where she was a solicitor member for the next ten years. Bernadette is an Executive Committee Member of the Glasgow Bar Association as well and is a Curator ad Litem in the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. 

Joint Senior Tutor Family Law, Nicos Scholarios

Nicos qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 and is Senior Partner of MSM Solicitors. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in Family Law and an accredited Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland since 1995.  Nicos has also been registered as a Notary Public since February 1984. He is currently Secretary of CALM, an association of Lawyer Mediators in Scotland.

Senior Tutor Human Rights, Craig French

Craig is a Divisional Solicitor/Deputy Director in the Scottish Government's Legal Directorate. He has considerable experience in both the private and public sector, principally as a litigator. He currently heads up the Criminal Justice, Police & Fire Division in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate, advising Scottish Government Ministers and policy officials on all aspects of criminal justice and community safety. Prior to taking up his current role, Craig headed up the Employment Law & Litigation team in the Scottish Government.  

Senior Tutor Contemporary Scottish Public Law, Grahm Crombie

Graham is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and is currently employed by the Government Legal Service for Scotland as Solicitor, Legislation and Europe Branch, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament – legislative scrutiny.  After training with the GLSS, he worked in the Scottish Government’s Litigation Division for two years, undertaking general litigation from planning to rural subsidy appeals.  He has been in his present post for two years, principally advising the Parliament’s Subordinate Legislation Committee on scrutiny matters and the Presiding Officer on legislative competence matters.

Joint Senior Tutor Advanced Civil Litigation, Catherine Hart

Catherine is Associate and Professional Support Lawyer at Digby Brown LLB. Following her traineeship with Wright Johnston and MacKenzie in Glasgow, she spent 2 years in their litigation department, dealing with all types of civil litigation. She then moved to Hamilton Burns and Moore (now HBM Sayers) and spent 15 years working largely on the defence of claims for damages on behalf of insurance clients. In 2007, she joined Biggart Baillie as a Professional Support Lawyer in the Dispute Management department.

Senior Tutor Property Law and Conveyancing, Andrew Todd

‌Andrew is employed by Springfield Properties, where he is sole legal counsel for the commercial property group dealing with house building, property investment and managing external legal firms. He has worked for 13 years with McGrigors (now Pinsent Mason) and Dundas & Wilson (now CMS Cameron McKenna) in commercial property, professional support and business development. He is the co-author of “The Lands Tribunal for Scotland: Law & Practice” and author of numerous articles on conveyancing practice. 

Senior Tutor Commercial Awareness, Colin Bell‌

Colin is employed by Robert Wilson & Son, as Principal, Property, Wills, Trusts, Executries.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal. Colin initially trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co and worked in their Tax Division for 3 years. After completing the Diploma in Legal Practice, he joined Robert Wilson & Son where he has remained for over 20 years.

Senior Tutor Commercial Contracts, Alastair Dunn

Alastair practices in corporate and commercial law, acting for a range of well-established clients including national and international organisations, owner-managed companies, entrepreneurs, funders, shareholder groups and investors. His practice covers sales and acquisitions, investment and banking work, company disputes and ongoing advice and assistance to a number of large scale concerns.

Senior Tutor Commercial Conveyancing, Ken Gerber

‌Ken is currently Partner, Commercial Real Estate and Family Business Law at Anderson Strathern LLP. He has been a partner in three different law firms over the past 26 years, and he majors in commercial property, in particular leases. Ken’s main areas of interest are commercial leases, development work, purchase and sale, loan work and doing opinion work for other law firms and local authorities. In addition to writing his textbook on commercial leases, he leads the team involved in the update production of Landlord and Tenant Section of The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, and has written various styles for Greens Practice Styles on property law.

Industry links and employability

Our services to students

Following completion of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice students must complete a traineeship within a legal firm as a pre-requisite for legal practice.

We strive to increase our students’ employability through our links with the legal profession.

When planning future career choices, Glasgow DPLP students can access

  • The Glasgow Legal 40 mentoring network: exclusive to Glasgow Diploma students
  • Professional Legal Practice events including Glasgow Legal 40 networking events and "Life in Law" autobiographical talks from distinguished members of the profession
  • Expert advice from the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice team
  • Projects such as the CLASP (Corporate Law Advisory Support Project) pilot in which corporate law students advise start-up businesses
  • An annual Law Fair to network with Scottish Law Firms and other employers
  • Strong links with employers leading to information about traineeships and other roles direct from employers
  • Employability website
  • After completion of the programme - invitations to events to improve employability.

Legal 40 mentoring network

The Glasgow Legal 40 is an initiative designed for University of Glasgow School of Law Diploma students. The group of University of Glasgow legal alumni is drawn from all sectors of the legal profession. Its activities include a mentoring programme and a series of events that allow Diploma students to engage with distinguished members of the legal profession and facilitate networking.

Our programme bridges the gap between academia and professional legal practice; the Glasgow Legal 40 is a unique initiative which supports our goal of ensuring our students are not just employable, but sought after by employers. The Director of the Diploma explains: 'The Glasgow Legal 40 initiative has already been of enormous benefit to our students. We are extremely grateful to our alumni who have supported our students in numerous ways and have been enthusiastic in their commitment to this initiative.'

Our Diploma students benefit from

  • Workshops run in conjunction with SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise)
  • Advising business start-ups under the supervision of qualified solicitors
  • Supporting students' transition from university to practice
  • Enabling students to draw on the experience of expert mentors
  • Developing student networking skills
  • Providing role models for students pursuing careers in legal practice
  • Increasing student links with the legal profession.

Further Information

Legal Careers

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

To be a candidate for the Diploma you must

  1. Possess a law degree from a Scottish university, or a qualification accepted by the Senatus as equivalent thereto.
  2. Have passed or obtained exemption from the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in those subjects required in terms of the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations.

The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry to either branch of the legal profession in Scotland.

To qualify for admission to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, applicants must have graduated, or be qualified to graduate with an LLB from a Scottish university. Applicants must have successfully completed classes which comprise the Law Society of Scotland’s professional curriculum, which is usually completed during the first 2 years of an LLB.

The professional curriculum at the University of Glasgow currently includes:

  • Business Organisations
  • Commercial Law 
  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • European Union Law (required but not included in the ranking criteria)
  • Family Law
  • Law and Government
  • Principles of Property and Obligations
  • Property Law
  • Sources and Institutions of Scots Law
  • Tax Law (requirement for LLBs started in 2010 or earlier)
  • Legal Profession and Legal Ethics (2nd year course introduced 2012-13)
  • Introduction to Legal Study (1st year course introduced 2012-13)
  • Constitutional Law 1 (1st year course introduced 2012-13)
  • Obligations 1A (1st year course introduced 2012-13)
  • Obligations 1B (1st year course introduced 2012-13)

Applicants are ranked by a grade point average, according to their performance in the professional curriculum outlined above. This ranking is used by all providers to allocate places. Applicants must submit a paper application to their undergraduate institution for their grade point average to be calculated. This information is then passed to the university at which the applicant wishes to undertake Diploma study.

Admission to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice for applicants who are not qualified as outlined above is normally only possible in exceptional circumstances.

Fees and funding

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Tuition fees for 2017-18

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Home and EU
Full time fee£7700
International
Full time fee£7700

For applicants starting in 2016 please refer to the 2016-17 fees table.

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress through your traineeship to work as a solicitor or advocate within Scotland. The Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry into these roles in the legal profession, in addition to providing employment opportunities in related legal disciplines.

How to apply

Applications for 2017-18 will open in February 2017. 

Applicants to the Glasgow Diploma are required to submit two application forms at the same time:

  • One paper Diploma application form to the university from which they graduated with their LLB, regardless of which University they are applying for a Diploma place.‌
  • One online application via the University of Glasgow website. You must read the Diploma application guidelines before starting your online application.

Current University of Glasgow students or graduates should complete their paper application form and send it to Fiona Macaulay, Room 306, Sir Alexander Stone Building, School of Law, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8LQ.

Diploma student admissions guidance note

School of Law Fitness to Practise Code

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
  • A two-page personal statement highlighting:
    • How your academic career to-date makes this programme a suitable next step
    • Why you want to study this programme
    • How you think this programme will help you in your future career development

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

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