About us

Matthew Walters

Prof Matthew Walters, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing

The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing is renowned for pioneering teaching methods and superb facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

We have one of the largest and most prestigious Undergraduate Medical Schools in Europe and are leading the UK with one the most important innovations in the teaching of medicine - a unique undergraduate curriculum that utilises problem-based learning techniques.

The Dental School is the second largest in the UK and provides comprehensive up-to-date facilities for patient care, student clinical practice and training, and for education and research in dental and oral diseases and disorders.

Our Nursing & Health Care School was established with the aim of producing Graduate Nurses who were grounded in health related scientific theory and now has a national and international reputation for nursing education and research with patient/client as the focus of health care.

The School also encompasses Forensic Medicine and Science, which is comprised of two disciplines: Forensic Pathology and Forensic Toxicology. The unit, founded in 1839, is the longest established academic forensic institution in the United Kingdom, and is under the Contract which the University of Glasgow holds with the Crown Office, the central legal authority in Scotland. 

Student satisfaction

The School has achieved success across the board for Overall Satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, with all three subjects above 90%. Medicine rose to 92.7%, Dentistry achieved 93.9%, with Nursing & Health Care scored an impressive 96.5%. These results are a remarkable achievement, and reflect the hard work of many dedicated staff in the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing.


The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.  It contains the Dental School, School of Nursing & Health Care, Undergraduate Medical School and Forensic Medicine & Science. 

It also contains Child Health, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Human Nutrition and Surgery. 

The School is dispersed over University and Hospital sites.  The main site for Dentistry is the Glasgow Dental Hospital and for Medicine, the Wolfson Medical School Building, the New Lister Building at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and since 2015, the Teaching & Learning Centre at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.