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University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom


Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen, is the fifth oldest university in the UK and has been ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. There are five Nobel Prizes associated with the University across medicine, nutrition, chemistry, and physics with new ground-breaking research and innovation continuing to this day.

Facilities include the Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and an Aquatic Centre. There are also four libraries, including the university's main Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to over one million books and special collections. The Sir Duncan Rice Library was named one of the most beautiful in the world (CEOWORLD magazine, 2016).

Aberdeen is one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. Rich in culture and history and surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastlines. Attractions include theatre, museums and art galleries, the picturesque area of Footdee, city centre shopping, sports, outdoor pursuits, festivals and lots more.

There are over 120 student clubs and societies, with something for everyone. The Students' Union building is spread over three floors, and includes shops, restaurants and a bar.

Students are well supported at the university with a number of dedicated services. This includes the accommodation service and the careers service which is in place to support students with all aspects of finding employment both during their studies and after graduating.

The university has three campuses: King's College and Foresterhill in Aberdeen, and one in Doha, Qatar. The university has an online learning offering and welcomes a diverse community of over 14,000 students from 130 nationalities.

It also runs an international exchange programme with partner universities globally. Students also have the chance to take part in the Erasmus exchange programme to spend some of their course in another country to experience another culture.

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What's new

What's new

Science Teaching Hub

The new Science Teaching Hub will be open in early 2022. It is a modern, state-of-the-art learning space currently in development at the University of Aberdeen. The building has been designed around the provision of specialist teaching, training and learning for students across several disciplines such as chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences. Students will be able to learn in laboratory spaces in a digital, completely paperless environment equipped with digital screens on every workbench.

Aberdeen 2040

As part of the 525th birthday celebrations in 2020, a new strategic vision was launched – Aberdeen 2040. Over the next 19 years, the university will fulfil their 20 commitments to be a more inclusive, interdisciplinary, international and sustainable university. For example, the university is committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions before 2040.

Open Days

The University of Aberdeen is holding a Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on Thursday 27th October. You can speak with current students, watch live presentations, and have the opportunity to ask questions to experts throughout the event!

The event will be held across two sessions, 10am to midday, and 5pm to 7pm, and you only need to attend one session. You can register for the event and find out more here.

Students unable to attend an open day are welcome to visit the campus and take part in an Enhanced Campus visit (commencing early 2022). Students can enjoy a tour of the campus, meet academics, see facilities and ask current students about their experience of studying at Aberdeen.

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days are held three times a year and allow prospective students to speak live with academics about life at Aberdeen, chat with current students, find out about support networks and even take virtual tours of the campuses. Additionally, there are university staff available for students to chat, at any time online.

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Teaching quality

The University of Aberdeen has a history of excellent teaching across a range of disciplines and attracts international academics and staff with impressive portfolios and professional backgrounds.

Research-led, interdisciplinary teaching gives students the vital skills to succeed after university. Many of Aberdeen's programmes come with professional accreditations and are co-designed by industry advisory boards to meet industry needs, both now and in the future.

The University of Aberdeen's teaching quality has been recognised with the following achievements and awards:

  • Ranked in the top 160 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)
  • Ranked in the top 20 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Ranked 5th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2021)
  • In the top 60 universities in the world for positive impact on society (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021)
  • One of the UKs Top 10 Most Beautiful Historic campuses (QS Top Universities)
  • Scottish University of the Year 2019 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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Department structure

The university is divided up into twelve schools:

  • Business School
  • Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
  • Education
  • Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
  • Law
  • Social Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Natural and Computing Sciences

There are several research institutes and centres which cut across disciplines. Each school has its own research themes and groups which sit within the institutes and centres.

Study Options

The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degrees to PhD level with a growing online degree and short course offer.

Many programmes are offered on a part-time basis and can be fitted around work and life.

There are online programmes which offer flexible learning by modular learning or qualification to allow students to fit their learning into their life.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Aberdeen considers a wide range of entry criteria as part of its widening participation efforts to acknowledge students of all backgrounds. For students without the traditional entry requirements, there are other routes to study for a degree programme, including:

  • Advanced entry from college
  • Access courses
  • Articulation route
  • International Foundation Programmes

For international students, entry requirements are found on programme pages, or by looking up their country of origin in the international section to find country specific qualifications. For further support, students should contact the university's international team. Aberdeen offers English language support and courses before arrival and student volunteers support English language practice.

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Scholarships & funding

There are a broad range of scholarships and funding opportunities available at all levels for students studying at the University of Aberdeen. For example:

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

This scholarship is available for self-funded international taught masters students. Those who are eligible could receive GBP 2,000 to help with the cost of their studies.

Aberdeen Global Undergraduate Scholarship

An GBP 8,000 tuition fee discount is available to eligible students who would have previously had home fee status but will now be classified as international students because of Brexit, as of September 2021. The university offers programme or country specific scholarships which students can search for through the funding database.

The University of Aberdeen also offers an Alumni Discount Scheme. The award offers a 20 per cent reduction off postgraduate taught programmes for all students with a degree from the university.

Postgraduate Research

There are several predefined funded PHD Scholarships and projects to apply for throughout the academic year. These can be funded by industry professionals, charities, and government and academic research organisations. All self-funded PhD students are welcome to search for support on the funding database.

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Aberdeen is home to the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, the Taylor Library for Law, and the Medical Library. These libraries offer:

  • Access to over 1.3 million books and online sources
  • 1500 individual study spaces
  • Specialist advice, assistive technologies, galleries and events

Museums and Special Collections

Aberdeen holds 600 years' worth of rare books and special collections and is home to several museums including:

  • The Gallery
  • Zoology Museum
  • Kings' Museum
  • Virtual Museum
  • Exhibitions Archive
  • Cruickshank Botanic Garden


Students can enjoy sport at all levels at the Sports Village and Olympic Standard Aquatics Centre which offers:

  • Health and fitness activities for individuals and groups
  • Aquatics – swimming, diving and pool sports
  • Certification in fitness training, first aid and other courses
  • Group exercise including Zumba, athletics, aerobics, and dance classes
  • Indoor and Outdoor football pitches
  • Squash Courts
  • Hockey pitches

Students' Union

The Students' Union located on campus offers several services:

  • Infohub support and advice facilities
  • Student Finance support hub
  • Food outlets
  • Aberdeen University Students Association (AUSA)


The university offers a range of properties suitable for postgraduate students on both the King's Campus and in the Hillhead Student Village.

All flats come with a fully equipped kitchen and living area, onsite laundry facilities, and bike storage. There is also a selection of specially adapted rooms.

Fees are inclusive of utility bills, basic contents insurance, Wi-Fi, and 24-hour security.

Other Facilities

Students will also have access to email, IT support and Wi-Fi on site. There are classroom PCs in specific rooms across campus, and all programmes have their own unique facilities.

Students are supported by Infohub, IT services, campus libraries, Aberdeen University Student Association clubs and societies, The Food Hub, International Centre, and specialist facilities.

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International students

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THE World ranking

Residential student village
State-of-the-art facilities
In an ambitious city
Over 370 degree programmes
Global community
Join Aberdeen family
Self Catered Accommodation
An international community
Field course teaching
Modern outlook
Scottish Uni of the Year 2019
150+ clubs and societies
Ancient history
Olympic standard facilities

Total average cost: £1355

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