Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK. Due to its location on the east coast of Scotland, it has strong links to the oil and gas industry. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences & Medicine, College of Physical Sciences, and College of Arts and Social Sciences.
There is a main campus and it is a walkable distance from where the majority of university accommodation is based (Hillhead campus). Safety-there is also a night time bus that runs from the city centre to the main campus and up to the Hillhead campus.
University of Aberdeen is ranked =158th in the Times Higher Education World University rankings. Aberdeen’s Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking is between 201-300th. Aberdeen is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.
University of Aberdeen is ranked 9th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
The student community represents 120 nationalities, and international students account for over 20% of the student population.
Pathway entry for international students - Kaplan offers a foundation certificate in Petroleum engineering at their study centre in Nottingham that leads to degree course entry at Aberdeen.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
Aberdeen has approximately 15,000 students in total - over 10,500 of these students are undergraduates and over 4,200 are postgraduates.
94.6% of graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source: HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
There are over 150 sports clubs and societies at Aberdeen: an Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and an Aquatic Centre were opened in Spring 2014. It is open to students, staff and the public with facilities for athletics, including a 400 metre running track, football, swimming, hockey, squash, martial arts and boxing.
First year students are offered a range of self catering and catered accommodation, but returning students have to find their own private accommodation. University accommodation is split between the old Aberdeen campus (main campus) and Hillhead site. The Hillhead site offers both catered and self catering options. The cheapest catered halls of residence offer term time only contracts.
The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £90.00 per week.
An example price for catered accommodation is £147 per week at Adam Smith House..
Please note Scottish undergraduate honours degrees typically take 4 years to complete.
International undergraduate tuition fees:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £17,200 for most Arts, Business and Humanities degree courses, rising to £20,700 for most Science & Engineering based degree subjects. Medicine - £46,000
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
Aberdeen offers a range of online degrees and awards - mostly MSc and LLM - allowing flexible, part-time study. These include MSc Business Management, MSc Renewable Energy Engineering, and LLM International Trade Law.
Aberdeen also offers some short courses, some up to 12 months, that can be completed via video link and via pre recorded lectures. These courses can then lead to degree studies. The areas of study include Maths, Social Sciences, Health, Law, and more. You can find the full list here: https://on.abdn.ac.uk/courses/#all-courses
Aberdeen also offers full time or part time PhD studies via distance learning in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. Distance learning programmes on offer include: PhD Divinity, PhD in Religious Studies, PhD in History, PhD in History of Art and PhD in Philosophy.