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University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom


The University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495, is the fifth oldest university in the UK. Scottish University of the Year 2019, 96% of graduates go on to find work within six months of leaving. There have been five Nobel Prizes 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 GBP 57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to over one million books and special collections.

Aberdeen is one of the most affordable student cities in the UK. Rich in culture and history and surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastlines, there is plenty for students to do and see outside of the classroom. Attractions include theatre, museums and art galleries, Footdee, Union Square, sports, outdoor pursuits, festivals and lots more.

There are over 120 award-winning student clubs and societies, 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK. These range from the Yoga Society to the Ice-Skating Society. The Students' Union building is spread over three floors, and includes shops, cosmopolitan restaurants and a bar.

Students are well supported at the university with a number of dedicated services. This includes the accommodation service, which helps with finding housing and the careers service which is in place to support students with all aspects of finding employment after graduating, from CV writing to interview preparation.

The university has three campuses, Kings College and Foresterhill in Aberdeen, and one in Doha, Qatar. The university welcomes a diverse community of over 14,000 students from 130 nationalities to these sites. 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 and experience another culture.

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What's new

What's new

Flexible Online Learning Department

The University of Aberdeen launched an ‘on demand' learning platform of flexible short courses. The courses offer students the opportunity to: achieve a postgraduate qualification, study a module or short course, access free short course, or take an Access Course as a step up to university-level study. These courses add to the University of Aberdeen's international foundation programmes.

Research News

Dr Tara Marshall presented a report to Fisheries Innovation Scotland which highlighted that, although the North Sea is warming, there is still time to adapt to changes in fish growth and stock distribution.

Researchers from Aberdeen and Oxford have recommended that partial knee replacements are as good as total knee replacements, whilst being more cost effective. They could save the NHS GBP 30 million per year. Find out more about what is happening at the University of Aberdeen by visiting the university website.

Open Days

Aberdeen offer an open door policy throughout the year for any prospective students unable to attend an open day. Students can enjoy a tour of the campus, meet academics, see facilities and ask current students about their experience of studying at Aberdeen.

International students can experience the university without having to travel. The University of Aberdeen tours around the world throughout the year and offers virtual open days. Additionally, there are university staff available for students to chat to 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:

  1. The Scottish University of the Year 2019 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  2. The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (2018) for world leading health research
  3. The Guardian University Guide 2020:
    • 5th overall in Scotland
    • 1st in the UK for dentistry
    • 2nd in the UK for medicine
    • 4th in the UK for anthropology
    • 7th in the UK for sociology
    • 9th in the UK for law
  4. The National Student Survey (NSS 2019)
    • 87% for overall teaching satisfaction
    • Library resources are ranked 4th in the UK
    • Learning resources are ranked 6th in the UK
    • 100% for student satisfaction in: genetics, history of art, mathematics, sport and exercise sciences.
    • 96% for student satisfaction in zoology, and 94% for satisfaction in dentistry, and pharmacology.
  5. It is ranked The Complete University Guide 2020:
    • 4th overall in Scotland
    • 2nd in the UK for sports science
    • 3rd in the UK for linguistics
    • 7th in the UK for general engineering
    • 8th in the UK for education
    • 9th in the UK for civil engineering and law
  6. 76% of research has been rated as ‘world leading' or ‘internationally excellent' (REF 2014)
  7. Business and management studies are ranked 3rd in the UK (Times Higher Education / REF 2014).

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Department structure

The university is divided up into twelve schools:

  • Divinity, history and philosophy
  • Education
  • Language, literature, music and visual culture
  • Law
  • Social science
  • Business school
  • Biological sciences
  • Medicine, medical sciences and nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Natural 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 and pay for the degree as they go.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To encourage a wide range of students to apply, Aberdeen consider a wide range of entry criteria such as ‘contextualised information'. To help students to apply for university level studies. For students without 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 the programme page, 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 offer 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.

Students have the chance to receive an undergraduate entrance scholarship, as well as a Gateway 2 Medicine Scholarship. These awards support talented Scottish and EU students who do not have the requisite funding or financial backing. Additional scholarships which can be applied for are:

  • The Saltire Energy Sports Science Scholarship
  • Derek Ogston
  • Margaret Carlaw Music Scholarship

The university also offers programme or country specific scholarships which students can search for through the funding database.


International students have the opportunity to apply for the Aberdeen International Masters Scholarship. Open to students from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and African countries, this scholarship offers a discount on tuition fees.

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 pre-defined 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. The 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. Students can enjoy access to:

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


Students can enjoy sport at whatever level they want to take part, at the Sports Village which offers:

  • Health and fitness activities for individuals and groups
  • Aquatics – swimming and pool sports
  • Certification in fitness training, first aid and other courses
  • Group exercise including popular Zumba, athletics, aerobics, and dance classes

The Sports Union offers competitive sports and events and there are a huge range of sports clubs and societies for outdoor sports including skiing, scuba diving, sailing and mountaineering.

Students' Union

The Students' Union located on campus offers several services which include:

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


The University of Aberdeen offers students a range of accommodation, located close to Kings Campus, Hillhead Student Village and the City Centre.

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, details of which can be found on programme pages.

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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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: £1353

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