Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the UK and one of the largest with 16,500 undergraduates, 5,000 postgraduates and 5,000 adults in continuing education.

The University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research-led universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education. It has over 5,000 staff and an annual turnover of £290M. Its staff make valued contributions to collaborative work with some 200 institutions around the world. It has students from over 120 different countries.

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More information about Economic and Social History: The University of Glasgow hosts the largest group of economic and social historians in Scotland.

Teaching Staff

Professor Duncan Ross

Professor (Economic & Social History) and Dean of Graduate Studies (Social Sciences College Senior Management)

Research Interests

  • Scottish economic history in the 20th century
  • Multinationals and the impact of FDI in Scotland since 1945
  • Banking and finance in twentieth century Britain
  • Savings banks in Scotland since 1835

Professor Jeffrey Fear

Professor of International Business History (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • 20th Century German business and economic history
  • Competitiveness and internationalisation of family/small and midsize businesses
  • History of multinational business and international cartels
  • Comparative corporate governance and organisation
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship

Professor Neil Rollings

Professor of Economic and Business History (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • Scottish economic history in the 20th century
  • Multinationals and the impact of FDI in Scotland since 1945
  • Banking and finance in twentieth century Britain
  • Savings banks in Scotland since 1835

Dr Helen Yaffe

Senior Lecturer (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • Cuban development (including developments in medical science/biotechnology, energy and ecology, sustainable development, education, science and technology)
  • Economic History of Cuba
  • Latin American development and Latin American regionalism
  • Socialist political economy

Dr Hannah-Louise Clark

Lecturer in Global Economic and Social History (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • North Africa in its Islamic, European, colonial, and global contexts c1800-Present
  • Innovation and knowledge/technology transfer in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Global dynamics of health, social welfare, and bureaucracy

Professor Ray Stokes

Chair of Business History (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • 20th Century German business and economic history
  • Comparative business history
  • History of technology and innovation in national and international context
  • Impact of state and military on industry and technology
  • Business, the environment, and sustainability

Dr Christopher Miller

Lecturer in Global Economy (Economic & Social History)

Research Interests

  • Business-government relations in the twentieth century
  • Wars, crises and technology in Western Europe and America
  • Political economy of armaments manufacturing
  • Pollution and the environment


You will receive further advice on searching for accommodation in Glasgow in your Welcome Pack during the summer. The map below details transportation links across Glasgow to and from the central university campus.

Cost of living

Click here for information on the cost of living in Glasgow

Visa information

International students (including EU/EEA nationals) are required to apply for either a Student Route Visa (valid for the full duration of the programme) or a Standard Visitor Visa (valid for semester one only) for the UK. Please see the International Student Support pages for detailed guidance on the application process.

Student Route Visa

Students making a Student Route visa application will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow. We will issue CAS to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer, normally from three months prior to the start of the programme. For Erasmus Mundus scholarship students, we will provide a Confirmation of Funding letter to help with proof of funding required for visa applications. This will be provided at around the same time you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter from the University Admissions Team. Visa processing times are usually around three weeks.

Standard Route Visa

For students applying for a Standard Visitor Visa, we will issue a letter of support. Please note that a Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for the first semester of the programme. Students who intend to return to the UK at any other point during the programme will be required to make another visa application.

For those coming to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa, please note that non-visa nationals do not need to apply for this in advance, but are required to show certain documentation and have their passport stamped when going through immigration control on entry to the UK. Please be aware that if you enter the UK using the eGates at immigration control, or travel to the UK via Dublin, you should retain your flight details or boarding pass to show to Compliance at the University as proof of your date of entry to the UK. You can check if you are a visa national for the UK here (please choose study and 6 months or less as the duration).

When deciding whether to choose the Student Route or Standard Visitor visa, please note the following:

  • The Student Route visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. This also means that should any new travel restrictions arise to Spain or Sweden after the first semester, you will be able to remain in the UK until these are lifted.
  • If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, some Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Student Route visa. If you need any advice on any of these matters please check our International Student Support information or contact the International Student Support Team.
  • Only the Student Route visa will allow students to apply for the Graduate Route visa following completion of their programme. More information on the Graduate Route visa can be found here.

If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to obtain your student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations regarding attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. This includes:

  • registering at the appointed time;
  • providing appropriate documents, e.g. passport, UK biometric ID card;
  • ensuring attendance to your course, notifying your School if you are unable to attend and why; etc.

For full details of these responsibilities please refer to the important information on the Immigration Compliance pages. Please also see the UKCISA Protecting your Student status information.