Why study here?


Maybe you want to compete better in the job market or improve your prospects in your current career? Or perhaps you’d like to retrain in something completely new or improve your knowledge in a specialist area? Whatever your aims, Glasgow Caledonian University provides a wide range of opportunities for career and personal progression in a modern and innovative learning environment.

Benefits of a postgraduate degree at GCU

  • See your network expand, with input from industry leaders and accredited status from professional bodies. You'll work and learn alongside aspirational students, staff, researchers and industry experts.
  • Explore your own creativity and potential on a course that’s grounded in academic excellence and designed in collaboration with employers.
  • Be part of the University for the Common Good, playing your role in addressing global challenges and helping to build a more just, sustainable society.

Which type of postgraduate?

We offer a wide variety of postgraduate courses, with full-time, part-time and distance learning study options. You can choose to build on your first degree or enhance your future prospects with a direction change postgraduate qualification.

  • You can study for a masters degree (MSc, MA, MEng, MRes), an intensive course that's taught at a higher academic level, requiring a dissertation or student project. A masters degree can provide you with further vocational training or preparation for further research. The course is typically completed in one year on a full-time basis. 
  • A Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) is similar to a masters but without the final dissertation. It can take your degree a step further - and there is the option to progress to masters later with the completion of a masters dissertation.
  • The Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) is the next level of qualification available after a bachelor's degree. It can be obtained with a few months of full-time study. In most subject areas, you can convert your PgC to a PgD or masters through the completion of further modules and a masters dissertation.
  • Research degrees like a PhD provide a pathway to academia, private consultancy or commercial research and development opportunities. 

We also have an excellent reputation for applied research and offer many “learning in later life” opportunities too. Here you’ll find a university with superb facilities, teaching excellence and vocational education that strikes the optimum balance between study and social life. 

Why study at GCU?

Whatever your postgraduate choice, you'll benefit from career-focused courses and an on-campus careers service, world-class facilities like our Sir Alex Ferguson Library and ARC sports facility, innovative teaching with industry-standard facilities and equipment - including our Vision Centre and Interprofessional Simulation Centre - and award-winning student support. Find out more about student life at GCU.