Mature students

Returning to study is a major decision for most adults, with implications for your whole way of life. That’s why we’re here to provide information on how to prepare and apply for university.

Approximately 16% of our undergraduate population is made up of mature students.

Your routes to entry

We require you to have some formal qualifications for entry but they don’t have to be traditional school qualifications.

We generally look to see if you’ve taken part in academic study within the last four years. If you haven’t studied in the last four years we expect you to take on some preparatory study relevant to the degree course you want to do.

Find out more about the qualifications and experience you need for entry to one of our degree courses.

The support services available are second to none with the Maths Centre, Study Skills and Student Counselling etc. The Mature Students Association has a common room, PC lab as well as silent study areas, which make me feel at home while at Strathclyde. I have had a great experience so far with help from all areas, academic, students and administration staff. These all made my transition to university easier."

Lee McCann, Physics student 

Contact us

If you’re thinking about undergraduate study, our Adult Information Service offers advice on coming to university as a mature student. We understand that mature students have a lot to consider before deciding to return to education. We can help you with entry information and advice on student finance and career progression. Use the contact details on this page to get in touch with us.