The University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. More than 25000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, from 120 countries worldwide, study at the University each year. The University is listed in the top 1% of the world’s universities and is rated top in the UK for international student satisfaction.

The University has a long tradition of teaching security studies with established postgraduate programmes in International Relations, Global Security, War Studies, International Law & Security, Food Security, and Transnational Crime, Justice and Security. For this degree, Glasgow provides the theoretical and conceptual overview of the programme. It also hosts the Glasgow Global Security Network and the Scottish Centre for War StudiesSchool of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Contact: Dr Marcin Kaczmarski, School of Social and Political Sciences

Phone: +44 141 3302000


Why Glasgow?




The University of Glasgow campus is based in the West End of the city. The campus is fully integrated into the city and along side the beautiful neo-gothic main building, the campus has buildings reflecting Victorian, classical and modernist styles of architecture. The views from the top of the library when you are studying are worth climbing ten floors (you can take an elevator if you wish). The UofG campus is also undergoing a £1 billion redevelopment and the new James McCune Smith Learning Hub which opened in September 2020 now provides students with a state-of-the-art facility for classes and studying.

The West End is just one of many neighbourhoods in the city and besides the University it is home to the Glasgow Botantic Gardens, the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, and the SEC Hydro – a spaceship inspired music arena that hosts the biggest touring music stars. Byres Road and Partick provide high street amenities, and for those who like to spend time outdoors then you can stroll through Kelvingrove Park or take a jog along the Forth and Clyde Canal or the River Kelvin Walkway.

The westend is connected to the city centre by an excellent bus and train network, or you can take the third oldest subway in the world. You can also walk to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The city centre is home to shopping, museums and art galleries, civic buildings such as the Glasgow City Chambers, the medieval cathedral and necropolis and of course many bars, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other nightlife.

When you need a break from studying you can take a day-trip out of the city and visit the gateway to the highlands, the historic City of Stirling (home to Braveheart, William Wallace). Edinburgh is less than an hour away by train or bus. For those who want to get more fresh air, you can visit Loch Lomond and the Trossach’s National Park or go swimming in the sea at Ayr or Troon beaches. Further afield, Glasgow provides easy access for those who like winter sports and hiking with Glencoe, Aberfoyle and Aviemore all within a few hours travel. And don’t forget to visit the Scottish Islands – Skye, Mull, Harris, Lewis are all easy to reach within a day and closer to home you can visit Arran or Bute within a few hours by taking the train and a short ferry journey.

The city’s motto is “People Make Glasgow” – when you live here you become one of the people. We know that you will love studying and living in Glasgow, so it is not surprising that Time Magazine named it one of the top ten cities in the world for 2019.