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Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom


Robert Gordon University (RGU) is a campus university based in the heart of the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Students have the best of both worlds as they live and study in a safe but cosmopolitan city, whilst taking full advantage of the green spaces and exceptional facilities on campus.

RGU has consistently been named as one of the top UK universities for graduate employability. The university are currently 1st in Scotland for graduate employability (HESA 2018), 2nd in the UK and top 50 in the world for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 named RGU as the Scottish University of the Year.

In 2017, RGU were awarded a gold rating, the highest accolade, in the Teaching Excellence Framework, placing the university in the top 20 per cent of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning.

RGU has invested GBP 120 million into the modern campus, which has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for art, design, computing, IT, engineering, health & sciences and media. Some of the cutting-edge facilities students have access to include a Moot Court to sharpen their legal skills and a Dynamic Advanced Response Training (DART) drilling simulator providing real world scenario training. RGU Sport also includes a pool, climbing wall, three gyms and other facilities, open to all students.

All students are part of RGU's Student Union, a chance to be part of the university's close-knit community. The Student Union hosts activities, events, clubs, societies, student media and projects around volunteering and raising money. An example is the RGU GoGreen Society who promote environmental awareness and provide training on the topic. Students have the opportunity to develop beyond their academic degree and have excellent prospects after graduation, evidenced by RGU being the top university in Scotland for graduate-level jobs (The Guardian 2019).

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What's new

Scottish University of the year

RGU has been named Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

This accolade was awarded to RGU after the university performed extremely well in a number of areas such as teaching quality, student satisfaction, graduate employability and industry engagement. The university also placed:

  • 8th in the UK for student experience
  • 12th in the UK for teaching quality (previously 72nd)
  • 66th in the overall UK rankings (previously 83rd)

Why RGU?

  • Top university in Scotland for graduate level jobs (The Guardian, May 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020)
  • In the top 50 in the world for our graduate employability rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020) which is higher than Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Aberdeen is ranked as the joint most affordable city in the UK (QS World University Rankings, 2019)
  • Aberdeen is named as the best Scottish city and top ten in the UK to live and work in (Demos-PwC Growth for Cities Index November 2019).
  • 2nd in Scotland and in the UK* for overall student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020) *Excludes small, specialist and private providers.
  • 1st in Scotland and in the top ten in the UK for good industry connections and high-quality facilities (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018)

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

RGU's teaching quality has been acknowledged for its high standard as it was awarded a gold rating, the highest accolade, in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which looks at teaching, learning and outcomes for students. This places RGU in the top 20 per cent of universities in the UK.

Its educators work passionately with industrial organisations, research institutes, government departments and professional bodies to develop students beyond their degrees and into full time employment.

Courses are designed through innovative and applied techniques which advance academic understanding in real world contexts, and deliver an excellent return on investment for students' time at RGU.

Smaller class sizes at RGU are reflective of the overall size of the university, which means students benefit from increased interaction with academics.

RGU has a developing reputation for research, with areas of particular interest around creating solutions to real problems experienced by business, industry and organisations. Students, including at undergraduate level, have a chance to work with academics as their research develops, responding to changes in their chosen field of study.

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Department structure

Department structure

RGU is made up of a number of departments and schools.

Aberdeen Business School

Accredited by AACSB International, Aberdeen Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in general and more specialist business areas.

School of Applied Social Studies

A multi-disciplinary school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous development courses.

School of Computing

The school is shaping future industry-sought skills in digital media, computer networks, cyber security, intelligent information systems and technical architecture.

School of Creative and Cultural Business

A dynamic multidisciplinary school covering a wide portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across the communication, media and digital industries.

School of Engineering

With state-of-the-art facilities and lectures from industry experts, the school readies students to transform technologies for tomorrow's world.

Gray's School of Art

Gray's School of Art is a multidisciplinary school, with an undergraduate and postgraduate programme across fine art and design.

School of Health Sciences

Focuses on producing graduates who positively impact the lives of individuals and contribute to the health of society.

The Law School

The Law School provides a range of accredited and professionally recognised law degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level.

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Practice

The school has innovative approaches to education providing students with rewarding careers.

School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

With a range of practical and professional courses, the school helps students to develop career skills.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

The school's undergraduate and postgraduate course portfolio takes a forward-thinking approach, underpinned by research.

The Graduate School

The school supports students undertaking research, providing internationally recognised supervisors.

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RGU has invested GBP 120 million into the modern Garthdee campus, and it has exceptional facilities for students to make use of.

Teaching Facilities

State-of-the-art and specialist facilities help students excel in their specific field. For art and design this includes a glass and ceramics workshop, fashion manufacture workshop, painting studios, photographic darkroom studio, printmaking workshop and more. For engineering, this includes a DART Simulator, electrical power laboratory, nanocomposite manufacturing facility, wave tank, wind tunnel to name a few. For health and life sciences there is an analytical science lab, cell culture lab, clinical skills centre, human performance laboratory, radiography suite, forensic imaging laboratory, and a mock crime scene facility. For law, there's a moot court and law clinic.

Recreational Facilities

As well as excellent teaching facilities, students can make the most of the university's recreational facilities. Sports facilities include a sports hall, pool, climbing wall, a studio available for hire, gyms with personal training offers and a range of classes. There is also a physiotherapy treatment clinic and a range of sports clubs and societies. Catering outlets can be found across campus serving a variety of food including halal and vegan options.


The university is able to offer safe, secure and affordable accommodation for students who would like to live in university accommodation. This can be a good way to integrate into the student community, especially for first year students and international students. There are four sites across the city, with a range of flats and facilities to choose from.


A striking building at the heart of campus, the new library building opened in 2013 and has four floors with over 250 workstations.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a number of scholarships available with international students in mind.

The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Scholarship

A scholarship available to full-time on campus students undertaking an undergraduate course, it offers one year's full tuition fees and is awarded based on academic merits. Students must have been offered a place, be self-funding and pay international fees.

RGU International Student Discount for Master's Students

A scholarship available to full-time on-campus master's students, it offers a GBP 2,000 discount on the tuition fees and is for students who have met the academic entry requirements for their course, are self-funding and paying international fees.

RGU International Student Discount for Undergraduate Students

A scholarship available to full time on-campus undergraduate students, it offers a GBP 3,000 discount on one year of undergraduate tuition fees, and is for students who have met the academic entry requirements for their course, are self-funding and paying international fees.

There are also a range of scholarships from external groups, such as the Chevening Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission which helps international students looking to study in the UK.

Saltire Scholarship

Students from India, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and Japan are eligible to apply for the external Saltire Scholarship award.

This award worth GBP 8,000 can be used towards tuition fees for any one year of full-time study on a postgraduate master's programme.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

RGU is ranked 1st in Scotland for graduate employability with 97.6 per cent of graduates entering employment and/or further study within six months of graduating (HESA published 2018). It is also 2nd in the UK and in the top 50 in the world for graduate employment (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020).

RGU puts graduate employability at the heart of their approach to teaching. Courses are developed in collaboration with industry specialists to ensure that the teaching reflects the world of work students will be joining. Many courses include professional experience opportunities and most are accredited by relevant professional bodies.

Placement teams across the schools help students find compulsory and optional work experience, delivering real experiences of the working world. The Innovation@RGU team also supports students from all subject areas with interest in self-employment, entrepreneurship, creating start-ups or developing spin outs through initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Advancement Programme and the Startup Accelerator Scheme. There are also a number of opportunities for students to study abroad, helping to broaden their global perspectives further.

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Aberdeen Aberdeen Garthdee House, Garthdee Road
Robert Gordon University is an innovative, inclusive, impactful and professionally focused institution focused on demand-led teaching and research. RGU delivers a high-quality vocational education and relevant curriculum which provides learners with the skills they require to thrive throughout their careers. As a result, the university has a reputation for producing graduates that are highly sought after by employers.

Over the last decade RGU has consistently had one of the best records of any UK university for graduate level employment. Its reputation for teaching excellence is demonstrated further through its Gold award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework. The university celebrates a high-quality student experience and is currently ranked in the top three universities in Scotland for student satisfaction.

RGU has a heritage going back 250 years and was awarded university status in 1992. Throughout its development, the university has remained committed to creating equal opportunities to access a relevant and valuable education. It is made up of eleven schools and offers over 300 courses ranging from engineering, architecture, computing, and life sciences to the creative industries, health and social care, and business.

The university has a student population of over 16,500, who study on-campus and online, notably, it is one of the largest providers of distance learning in the UK. Courses are developed through close collaboration with employers, professions and industry to address skills regional and national needs, and this ensures that curriculum is demand-led.

The Garthdee Campus sits in a wonderfully spacious parkland, adjacent to the River Dee. Mature trees and walkways combine with striking architecture providing a beautiful backdrop for work and play.
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