How to apply

The easiest way to apply to study at GCU is online. Our online application forms are simple to complete and you will find an application button on each individual course page that takes you to the correct application form for your course.

Login in to access your applications

Once you’ve started and saved an application, you can return at any time to complete it. As we are currently transitioning application systems, you can log back into either of the systems below, depending on which intake you are applying to.

What documents do I need to include?

Some additional documents are needed to help GCU evaluate your application.

We need to get from you a personal statement so you can share with us why you want to study your course, what your background is and what motivates you to study here. It's important as it shows us why you want to study a particular course.

You also need to upload letters of reference, to give us additional evidence that you can successfully complete your course.

We'll need to see your academic or professional certificates, so we have evidence of your previous academic achievements and any professional development during your career.

We also need academic transcripts, which will give us details of the modules you studied at an undergraduate level.

If you're an international student, you'll also need to upload a photocopy of your passport's identification pages.

Get full details of the additional documents needed.

Other ways to apply

For a small number of postgraduate courses, applications must be submitted via UCAS. This will be indicated in the Entry Requirements section of the specific course information.

If you're not able to apply online, please complete the relevant application form below and email it along with your supporting documents to or return to:

Admissions and Enquiry Service
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow G4 0BA
Scotland, United Kingdom

GCU Postgraduate Application Form

Some programmes, particularly in Allied Health fields, require that prospective students undergo a PVG check. Applicants for these programmes, who are unable to use our online application system, should complete the Application Form (PVG).

Programmes requiring a PVG check
  • Doctorate of Physiotherapy (pre-reg)
  • DPsych Counselling Psychology
  • DPsych Health Psychology
  • DPsych Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • MSc Diagnostic Imaging
  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Adult)
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-reg)
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-reg)
  • MSc Social Work

Research applications

To find out about the research opportunities available at GCU visit our PhD Research opportunities section. For information about how to apply, visit our Research Degrees section.

For more information on research at Glasgow Caledonian University please view our Graduate School webpages.

English language requirements

If your native language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate your English proficiency. Before submitting your application, check out the English language qualification we accept and details of the pre-entry English language courses we offer.

How to demonstrate your English language proficiency. 

Visa application

You can get help with your visa application from our Visa Immigration Support and Advice (VISA) team, a professional service dedicated to supporting international students and their families while they study at GCU.

If you’re from a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you’ll need a PBS Student visa. To study a full-time course as a postgraduate or research student, you’ll need to apply for a Student visa. From 1 January 2021, applicants from inside the EEA also require a PBS Student visa to enter the UK. For the latest information, go to the Home Office website.

We believe that education is for everyone; there is more than one path to GCU. Find out more about the variety of routes you may take to join us.