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University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK with an outstanding academic reputation dating back over 500 years. Aberdeen is at the cutting-edge of research and is focused firmly on the future, and is currently investing over £270million to further improve the University’s campus and facilities for students.

Main Campus:
Kings College

Kings College

Student Population:

 Life Sciences & Medicine, Physical Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences


Why Choose the University of Aberdeen?
The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK with an outstanding academic reputation dating back over 500 years. Aberdeen is at the cutting-edge of research and is focused firmly on the future, and is currently investing over £270million to further improve the University’s campus and facilities for students.


Teaching Quality
The University has an excellent reputation for teaching quality; students will be taught by academic staff who are active in research and many who are internationally renowned professors.

  • Over 89% of subjects have been rated Excellent/Highly Satisfactory.
  • An impressive 87% of students said they were satisfied with the teaching quality at Aberdeen in the 2012 Guardian University Guide. The university boasts over 3,000 staff; an impressive 1,400 of which are academic.
  • The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has praised the University for the quality of relationship between students and staff.
  • Within the three colleges of Arts and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences and Medicine, numerous degree programmes have been rated as either the best in Scotland or in the topten in the UK by various league tables.
  • The Complete University Guide lists the disciplines of Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Education, Divinity and Law as top-rated disciplines.
  • The Student Choice Awards 2011 awarded the University 8th place for quality of courses and lecturers.


Research Quality

  • Aberdeen has a long and distinguished reputation in research and is continually improving the quality of its research activities and outputs.
  • The University performed exceptionally in the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008); 89% of research activity was rated as of an international quality and 55% was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’.
  • Aberdeen recently strengthened their research community by employing over 70 internationally distinguished new professors.
  • Five Nobel prizes have been awarded for work begun or carried out at Aberdeen.
  • The University has a strong track record in commercialising research, with over 400 patents pending and 21 spin-off companies.
  • Total research income has more than trebled over the last ten years.


Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen has a long tradition of welcoming international students and is one of the UK’s most internationally distinguished universities.

  • The University has a large international community of students and staff drawn from over 120 different countries.
  • Aberdeen has its own International Student Society that organises social events throughout the year and gives students the opportunities to explore Scottish life and tradition.
  • The University has professionally trained International Student Advisers who are able to provide specialist advice on visa and immigration matters.
  • Over 20% of the University’s students come from outside the UK.


Student Satisfaction
Aberdeen is fully committed to helping students settle in, achieve their ambitions and develop their talents and interests.

  • Aberdeen achieved an impressive student satisfaction score of 88% in the Guardian University 2012 league table.
  • The University has been ranked one of the best places in the UK to study by the National Student Satisfaction Survey.
  • The University is investing over £270 million into improving facilities for its students, including an £18 million Olympic standard aquatics facility to complement the existing Olympics sport village. (Which was used by the Cameroon team before London 2012)
  • Aberdeen’s £57 million flagship new library is one of the largest and best equipped in Scotland, opened in 2011, and offers excellent resources to students during their studies.


Employable Graduates
The University of Aberdeen’s first-class Careers Service helps students to broaden their horizons and develop skills that will enable them to build a successful career on leaving university.

  • 97% of the Universities graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months.
  • Aberdeen was ranked 6th for job prospects by the Students Choice Awards and was the only Scottish university to be included in the top 10.
  • Students at the University of Aberdeen are frequently headhunted by top companies.
  • The University’s graduates enjoy some of the highest starting salaries in the UK.
  • Aberdeen has developed its own work placement programme, the Aberdeen Internship, which was recently nominated for ‘Work Placement of the Year’ by the National Council.
  • Aberdeen is the Oil & Gas Capital of Europe and has one of the highest rates of employment in the UK


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses
Flexibility and individuality are real strengths of the University’s curriculum; programmes are tailored to meet the needs of each student as well as the 21st Century workplace.

  • The University of Aberdeen offers over 600 first-degree programmes and over 140 taught Masters programmes.
  • Inspired by major international universities like Harvard, Yale, Melbourne and Hong Kong, the University has made bold new changes to modernise its undergraduate curriculum. The new curriculum retains all the quality and depth of the traditional degree whilst adding flexibility and further benefits.
  • The University encourages students to tailor their degree programme to suit their interests; each student has an academic adviser to provide assistance with this.


Campus Facilities

The University of Aberdeen’s historic campus is located in the heart of the city. The campus boasts exquisite architecture with cobbled grounds and ornate spires. Whilst, modern additions offer students excellent facilities such as free campus-wide Wi-Fi and Olympic standard sporting facilities. A central feature of campus life is the Hub, a state-of-the-art student facility that offers shops, cafes, student services and seating areas.

The city of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and offers everything from a cosmopolitan city centre to green parks, open spaces and sandy beaches. Aberdeen is a fantastic location for students and caters to each individual’s tastes in culture, leisure and entertainment. It is a extremely diverse city offering activities such as skiing, sailing and hill climbing with its nearby coast and valleys. Miles of sandy beaches are just a 15-minute walk away from campus. With a student population of over 50,000 and a huge variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs students will soon feel at home in this cosmopolitan city.

The campus is served well by bus routes. There is a central rail station with services connecting Aberdeen both north and south.
Aberdeen has its own international airport that is close to the University campus.
The campus is central to the city and amenities can be reached by foot. Aberdeen is served well by motorways.

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