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Universities in Scotland

Universities in Scotland, Degree Study, Professional QualificationListings of all 19 top universities in Scotland that provide excellent research facilities, teaching and almost every subject course to study.

From the northeast to the south-west of Scotland universities listed below are some of the world’s leading universities for facilities, value of skills, learning and qualifications.


Universities in Scotland

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top universities in Scotland University of Aberdeen. Regent Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3FX.  +44 (0) 01224 272000


          Abertay University. Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG. Tel: +44 (0) 01382 308000


     University of Dundee, Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HN. Tel: +44 (0) 01382 383 000


   The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL. Tel: +44 (0) 0131 650 1000


 Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0) 0131 444 2266


     University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ. Tel: +44 (0) 0141 330 2000


  Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA. Tel: +44 (0) 0141 331 3000


        The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ. Tel: +44 (0) 0141 353 4500


     Heriot Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS. Tel: +44 (0) 0131 449 5111


       University of The Highlands and Islands, 14 campuses located around Scotland.


     Open University, 10 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7QJ. Tel: +44 (0) 0131 226 3851


   Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU.  Tel: +44 (0) 0131 474 0000


       Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FR. Tel:  + 44 (0) 01224 262000


          Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB. Tel: + 44 (0) 0141 332 4101


      Scottish Rural Collages (SRUC), Courses delivered in more than one location.


     St Andrews University, College Gate. St Andrews. Fife KY16 9AJ. Tel: +44 (0) 01334 476161


         University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA. Tel: +44 (0) 01786 473 171


         University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ. Tel: +44 (0) 0141 552 4400


        University of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE. Tel: +44 (0) 0141 848 3000


Scotland’s universities

The Scottish education system is known in the world for quality and rigour enabling graduates completing their studies to be valuable assets to prospective employers entering the job market.

At any of the 19 Scottish universities, expectations are set high for both you and the university.

Ever since 1413, there has been learning, research, discussion and achievement when the first university was founded, known today as one of the ancient universities.


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Why choose one of the top Scottish universities?

Scotland’s have been recognised worldwide for many years as leading places in the world for research, extensive range of courses, qualifications and to build long-lasting contacts.

Four universities her in Scotland are listed in the top 200 world university rankings 2015 (Source: Times Higher Educational Supplement), recognising teaching & learning quality, facilities and standards.

Thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students opt to study on a course at a Scotland university to not only gain a valuable education, “but also” in knowing that their degree qualification is recognised and valuable worldwide.

Almost any subject or course can be studied at different levels from foundation degree, undergraduate, postgraduate master’s in business & management for example, and postgraduate research degrees.

Universities here all offer student’s flexible learning, where they can choose from full time, part time, open learning & distance learning study modes.

More than 4000 course’s and more than 140 subject areas are on offer for students to choose from.

In addition, a profession occupation qualification such as qualifying as a teacher, doctor, veterinarian or nurse are very recognised and popular courses in the academic fields.

One main feature of attending one of the 19 universities is that they are in a country that is welcoming and accessible to all visitors.


University quality standard

Universities are not only accountable to students for the quality of learning, but all require attaining a certain standard required by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

The agency is a “Key reference point for quality in higher education courses as well as the level of standards that should be meet by each university course”.

As an independent agency the organisation monitors, checks, visits each Scottish university to assess the quality of learning, facilities, courses and student feedback.  See QAA

Feedback on a universities quality of learning is not only from lectures and professors, but student’s views, experiences and comments from a central point of the checking procedure.


Scottish education system

Student’s can apply to a Scottish university, and start a degree course from the age of 17 year’s old.

Undergraduate degrees follow a four-year learning format, where each undergraduate degree must be completed over 4 years for full-time study.

Teaching & learning is conducted in lectures and small group work, giving all students an increased knowledge depth and understanding of their chosen subject area.

Formative and summative assessment forms a critical component on each degree course, and students must gain good grades to be award a degree from the university.

Strict entry requirements are set by individual universities, although in general students require good grades from prior learning to be offered a university course place in Scotland.


Collaboration between universities and colleges

Extensive partnerships in Scotland, UK and internationally are formed with a wide range of industry sectors, universities, and links with employers.

Universities continue to form partnerships with leading companies in the oil, marine, science and medical industries.

Cutting edge research is conducted by all universities to first look at a problem and come up with ideas and solutions, or indeed a cure. 

Universities in Scotland regularly win research grants from commercial companies and governments in the UK and abroad, as they are seen to have the facilities and leading researchers to come up with a solution.


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