Useful Links

Current and prospective research students may find the following links useful:


Information about accommodation for students on-campus at Caledonian Court, and off-campus can be found here.

Admissions Service

Applications for research degrees can be made throughout the year, with programme start dates in October, February and May each year. Applicants can find the GCU Research Application Form and further information about the application process from the Postgraduate Admissions Service. Completed application forms are sent with a copy of qualifications, English Language certificates and also a 2-4 page research proposal to:

Postgraduate Admissions, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA or emailed to

Copyright Support

The library has a Copyright Advisor who can help you with your copyright questions, email For a quick response, try the GCU UK online copyright advisor or look at our web pages.

Fees and Funding

The cost of study will vary from person to person.

  • Costs relating to your study: please refer to our tuition fees page.
  • Living costs: in addition to tuition fees, we estimate that a full-time student will need to budget a minimum of £700 per month to cover accommodation, maintenance, recreation and other expenses.
  • Funding sources available: please refer to the section on types of funding that are available for students, including scholarships
International Student Support

The International Student Support Service provides advice and support for all international students. Further information about the service, including drop-in times can be found here.

Library Services & Postgraduate Study Room

The Sir Alex Ferguson Library offers a range of services for research students, including advice on using the electronic resources (like e-journals and databases). You can make enquiries, appointments, or go to a drop in.

Postgraduate study room

We have a postgraduate study room on level 4 of the library. Access is controlled by your student card. To get access:

  • Come to the Library Desk on level 0 and ask for a slip to take to the Security Office to have your card coded for the door.
  • Show the staff at the desk your card and take the completed slip and your card over to the Security Office.
  • Once your card has been coded, you will have access to the study room.


PGR Study Room

University Counselling Service and Disability Service

The University Counselling Service and Disability Service assists all students who may require additional support throughout their time at university. The service offers both practical and counselling support to help students be successful in their studies. 

Find out more about the University Counselling Service.

Find out more about the Disability Team.

Careers Service

The Careers Service offers a full range of professional services to enhance your employability skills and graduate attributes to support your career development.

We offer help and advice on options after your PhD, planning and achieving your career goals and job search; additionally we offer support in developing your CV, completing job applications and preparing for interviews.

You can use our service during your studies and up to two years from graduation. We offer career clinics (15 minute meeting with an adviser, no appointment necessary) as well as one to one in-depth appointments with a careers adviser. To find out more about our service or to book an appointment please contact us.

Student Poster Printing at GCU

Print Design Services can print student posters in A2, A1 and A0 sizes.

Students are invited to submit requests for poster printing by e-mail to The service to students is provided by the PDS Print Centre located on Level 1 of The Alex Ferguson Library. The file format for posters should be PDF and set up to the appropriate size with personal details including telephone number and printing requirements included in the e-mail.

External Organisations and Resources:

Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland exists to represent and promote Scotland's higher education sector and campaign on its behalf. Through this work, we seek to assist the sector to deliver its essential contribution to the economic, social and cultural needs of Scotland, and to enhance Scotland's international reputation.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

The QAA works to safeguard quality and standards in UK universities and colleges, so that students have the best possible learning experience.


Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

The Concordat (available to view here) is an agreement between the funders and employers of researchers in the UK, setting out the expectations and responsibilities of each stakeholder in researcher careers – researchers themselves, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

Researcher Development Framework

The Researcher Development Framework articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers and encourages them to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development.

The framework is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed by and for researchers, in consultation with academic and non-academic employers.