Subject areas

Building inclusive societies with the Glasgow School for Business and Society

Gain the skills and experience required to thrive in a professional or business environment on the global stage taking part in the kind of changes that are leading to a more just and equal society.

Economics and Law

Our Law and Economic Policy courses offer the opportunity to develop professional practice skills. Specialising in housing, employment, contract and sports law, the GCU Law Clinic is open to all LLB students who wish to volunteer and provide advice on civil law matters under the supervision of qualified and practising solicitors.

Finance, Accounting and Risk

With close links to employers, key players and accrediting bodies within the sector, our teaching in accountancy, finance, investment and risk management is founded on a commitment to research and teaching cutting-edge, contemporary and impartial information. Our range of accreditations include ACCA, Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and British Institute of Recruiters (IOR).

Fashion, Marketing, Tourism and Events

Choose from a wide range of exciting programmes of study that benefit from vibrant learning environments, creative technologies and authentic business experiences. Our graduates are equipped with distinctive knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of today’s global business environment. Our students have been involved in events such as Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and the Rugby World Cup. We offer courses accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Institute of Hospitality.

Management and Human Resources

We are interested in investigating and challenging operational management techniques in commercial, public and not-for-profit/social enterprise settings, as well as with public policy debates about social innovation. Our programmes are also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Institute of Operations Management (IOM), Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Media and Journalism

Our purpose-built television studio and gallery, radio studio and newsroom all feature modern digital equipment, providing you access to industry-standard software to produce television and radio packages and bulletins, blogs, newspapers and magazines. The Complete University Guide (2019) features us in its Top 20 UK universities for media and communications and our accreditations include the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Social Science

The BA Social Sciences provides you with the opportunity to develop a wide knowledge base from a selection of subject areas which include politics, history, sociology, policing and criminology. You will also have the opportunity to study language modules and study abroad as part of your degree.

Creating sustainable environments with the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment

Learn how innovations in technologies and materials will create a digitally secure and sustainable future.

Applied Computer Games

We provide graduates with all of the experiences and skills required for a career in the future of gaming applications. Our gaming degrees cover software development, animation, and design. You will find cutting-edge facilities and teaching that is informed by breakthrough research taking place here on campus. We are passionate about virtual reality and our international community of designer and developer graduates is growing each year. You will master skills and gain experience which has helped previous students into careers with leading companies such as Rockstar North, Guerrilla Games, CCP Games, Sega and Electronic Arts.

Applied Science

Our course in Forensic Investigation provides graduates with the scientific skills required to investigate crimes in society and the environment. Our industry standard analytical labs provide you with everything you need to gain practical experience using state of the art instruments in chromatography, spectroscopy and microscopy. Career options in this sector range from being an analytical scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, police forensic investigation, environmental protection officer or teaching.

Civil Engineering and Environmental Management

Our Environmental Civil Engineering and Environmental Management undergraduate degrees provide you with an exciting range of career paths that contribute to innovation and sustainable development around construction, energy and the built environment. Our students and graduates are working to build a more resilient and climate-sensitive future for all. With accreditations from professional bodies including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE), we also offer professionally accredited programmes in Building Service Engineering and Fire Risk Engineering.


High-quality research-led teaching provides hands-on experience of industry-standard hardware and software combined with data science skills to prepare you for your career. With Computing and Software Development degrees, a whole range of careers is available to you. Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Construction and Surveying

Join us in building a dynamic career in construction, property and surveying and work towards becoming a chartered professional. Our programmes are accredited by prestigious professional bodies that include the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Our programmes are fully engaged with the Construction and Surveying sector; each year we receive over 35 industry and professional body sponsored prizes and all of our programmes have an excellent employability rate.

Cyber Security and Networks

From ethical hacking and penetration testing to network security and infrastructure design, our cyber security and networking programmes offer you the hands-on experience and theoretical underpinning highly valued by employers. Our programmes are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and our graduates are working in all sectors such as defence of national infrastructure, policing and the financial services industry, one of Scotland’s largest industries.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Our study programmes prepare our graduates to tackle global challenges such as sustainable energy and to participate in the creation of the next generation of intelligent connected devices and systems. Our Audio programme will provide you with the technical capability to develop innovative solutions for audio and sound. Specialist facilities provide daily access to industry-standard equipment and software in an environment created for optimum study and experimentation, with the option to undertake an innovative work experience module. Our accreditations include the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) as well as JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support).

Mechanical Engineering

Our programmes offer a highly integrated discipline which harnesses the influence of a range of specialisms such as computer-aided engineering design, advanced manufacturing, composites material, engineering analysis, robotics, reliability engineering, and process optimisation. We equip our graduates with skills to be capable of practising and progressing within the industrial and commercial environment as highly skilled Chartered (CEng) or Incorporated (IEng) Engineers. Our programmes are globally recognised with the accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Developing healthy lives with the School of Health and Life Sciences

Gain the skills you need to make a positive impact within your community, transforming lives for the Common Good.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Our bioscience degrees focus on the hands-on practical skills sought by employers. Graduates in biomedical science, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology and food bioscience have careers in the NHS, research and in the life science and food industry. Our accreditations include the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), Institute of Food Science and Technology and Institute of Biomedical Science.

Nursing and Community Health

Whether focusing on children, adults, mental health, learning disabilities or professional studies, our Nursing degrees offer you the opportunity to develop a caring career that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities. We have a number of collaborative partnerships with several NHS Health Boards, third sector organisations, (e.g. SAMH, BHF), Hospices, European Institutes and Networks.

Occupational Therapy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics

GCU’s Occupational Therapy programme, rated first in Scotland, develops the skills needed to work in health, social care and beyond. The Dietetics programme is highly student centred and prepares students to be the ‘Dietitians of the Future’. As well as being HCPC accredited, as a graduate of BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and as a graduate of BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme, you can apply for membership of the British Dietetics Association.

Physiotherapy and Paramedicine

You will have access to first-rate facilities, developing the professional skills required to practice in the areas of paramedic science and physiotherapy. Our BSc in Paramedic Science is the first of its kind in Scotland, whilst our Physiotherapy students are able to hone their skills through our on-site physio clinic.

Podiatry and Radiography

From Diagnostic Imaging and Oral Health Science to Podiatry and Radiotherapy and Oncology, our courses are informed by practice colleagues in the NHS and relevant professional bodies to ensure they remain relevant and up-to-date. GCU is the largest provider of therapeutic radiography education in Scotland and you will also benefit from state-of-the-art facilities.


The focus of the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology degree is to apply core psychological material to real life examples. You will qualify with a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree which meets the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. We specialise in four areas: Counselling, Forensic, Health and Sport & Exercise Psychology.

Social Work

The BA Social Work degree is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). We are passionate about supporting a new generation of social workers who can work autonomously and introduce critical reflective practices to this important sector.

Vision Science

The only vision science teaching unit in Scotland, the department is unique in offering undergraduate degree courses in Optometry and Orthoptics. These courses will enable you to gain hands-on clinical experiences in our state-of-the-art Vision Centre and are accredited by the General Optical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).