Your learning environment

From the moment you start your studies at Glasgow, you’ll be taught by dedicated and passionate academics in a flexible and innovative learning environment.

To help you develop the ability to direct your own learning, you will experience a range of teaching methods.

  • Lectures are large sessions led by a lecturer, which give a foundation for gathering information about your subject.
  • Tutorials are smaller group meetings led by a tutor, which offer in-depth analysis of lecture information.
  • Seminars are larger group sessions that allow for more intensive discussions.
  • Practicals or laboratories are hands-on sessions where you will develop subject-related skills.
  • Fieldtrips and placements help you develop and extend practical skills with a focus on group projects, data collection, problem solving and presentations.

Maximise your skills

We have advisers who can help you develop your academic skills by offering classes and one-to-one consultations on essay writing, exam preparation, and Maths and Statistics support. 


Open daily from 7.15am to 2.00am with online access 24/7, our library has one of the largest collections in Europe. 

Revolutionising your teaching and learning

We’re creating a campus to inspire the next generation of world changers. A 14-acre site beside our main campus is being developed with a planned total investment of £1 billion. Our flagship James McCune Smith Learning Hub is the first building to be delivered through our campus development programme, with completion due by summer 2020.

The £90m building will include flexible learning spaces and technology-enabled teaching resources. As well as increasing our teaching capacity, this modern study space will offer flexible spaces for clubs and societies, conferences and events, becoming the student-focused heart of the campus.

  • Round-the-clock access
  • Capacity for 2,500 students
  • 500-seat lecture theatre
  • Interactive teaching spaces
  • Cafe