Welcome from the Chief Adviser of Studies for Science

I am delighted to welcome you as an undergraduate to Science in the University of Glasgow and hope you will find your time with us rewarding, productive and enjoyable. We are justly proud of our excellent record in both teaching and research across all science disciplines. 

The range of degree programmes open to you is wide in terms of the subjects you can study, and varied in respect of the awards to which they can lead - BSc (Bachelor of Science), BSc Honours or MSci (Master in Science) degrees.

This introductory guide explains these different degree options, advises you on how to plan your first year (level 1) curriculum, and explains the College progression rules to advance through your studies. An advantage of our entry system is that it gives remarkable flexibility in your degree programme, and you will be contacted over the summer to arrange a meeting with an experienced Senior Adviser of Studies who will discuss the best combination of courses for you, based on your qualifications, your interests and your career aims.

The ideal combination of level 1 subjects will allow you to keep a range of possible degree options open until the end of level 2 (second year) – by which stage you will be much better prepared to make informed decisions about your degree and your career intentions. 

So it is particularly important that you discuss your subject choices in advance with an experienced Senior Adviser of Studies, although you are encouraged to browse the options available to you, and enrol provisionally, using ‘My Requirements’ in ‘MyCampus’ (our student record system). You will be sent details on how to access this system.
Supporting our students is our primary goal and to achieve this we have a unique advising system. For the duration of your studies you will be assigned a permanent Adviser of Studies, prior to Orientation/Freshers’ Week, who will normally be in the subject area you wish to specialise in. You should arrange your first meeting with your Adviser of Studies before the end of September. This allows us to check that you are settling in well at University, and are happy with the course choices that you have made.

You will have regular meetings with your Adviser of Studies thereafter to chart your progress and to give you any help you may require, not only with your academic studies but also with finding your way around the support services and other aspects of university life. Working alongside your Adviser of Studies is a Senior of Adviser of Studies in each School, and myself as the Chief Adviser Science for the College of Science and Engineering. As a team we have over 180 dedicated Advisers who are here to support our students.

University is not just about academic study, important as that is – you are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of the enormous range of recreational opportunities, and student clubs and societies, which are available to you as a member of the University of Glasgow community. You may, for example, be interested in travelling and broadening your experience, and should therefore consider the opportunities provided by our Study Abroad or International Exchange programmes.

These opportunities, and others, are valuable parts of the university experience. They are not just hugely important for your personal development, but are also highly valued by employers. The University of Glasgow puts considerable effort into developing and documenting these crucial ‘Graduate Attributes’ – you can find out more about these at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/students/attributes/

The important thing to remember is that a degree in science from this University will equip you well for the future whatever you do on completion of your studies.

I hope you enjoy your time at the University of Glasgow, as I am sure you will, and would encourage you to use the advisory service whenever you need it. I look forward to your arrival and wish you every success with your studies.

Good luck!

Dr Peter Sneddon
Chief Adviser of Studies for Science, College of Science and Engineering