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The University of Aberdeen
Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK, and offer a comprehensive curriculum along with world class facilities, such as the Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre and £57m Sir Duncan Rice Library. The city of Aberdeen has an unrivalled social scene, which caters for all tastes in arts, culture, leisure and entertainment. It's big enough for the “big city” experience, but also compact enough to make it easy to find your way around and make friends.
QS World Ranking (2022)
Times Higher Education (2021)
Complete University Guide (2022)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Green Credentials (2019)
Young vs Mature
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The University of Aberdeen is UK’s fifth oldest university, founded in 1495. William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, established King’s College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the communities of northern Scotland, and lawyers and administrators to serve the Scottish Crown. King’s College opened with 36 staff and students, and embraced all the known branches of learning: arts, theology, canon and civil law. In 1593, a second, Post- Reformation University, was founded in the heart of the New Town of Aberdeen and this united with King’s College in 1860 to form the modern University of Aberdeen.
The University of Aberdeen is consistently ranked among the top 200 universities in the world and is associated with 5 Nobel Prize winners.
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city giving students all the amenities that one would expect from a large city. At the same time there is a coastline of spectacular beaches and dunes just north of the city, beautiful Scottish countryside to the west and the mountainous Cairngorms National Park to the east. The University has a beautiful central campus where ancient buildings sit side by side with modern, newly refurbished, laboratories, first-class computing facilities and the latest library technology. Standing at the centre of the King’s College campus is the Chapel which serves as a constant reminder of the University’s foundations in 1495. There is also the Foresterhill campus which is a 25 minutes’ walk from King’s College. Aberdeen has its own international airport, which also offer regular short flights to all the London airports.
Colleges & Schools
Schools incorporating the Arts & Social Sciences
- Divinity, History and Philosophy
- Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
- Social Science
Schools incoporating the Life Sciences & Medicine
- Biological Sciences
- School of Psychology
- Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
Schools incoporating the Physical Sciences
- Natural and Computing Sciences
Postgraduate Research School
The University has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries. The University supports and promotes research excellence in all its many forms. The University of Aberdeen achieves this by bringing together excellent students, staff and external partners to identify and address key issues of the day. In the 2014 REF 76% of the University's research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. It's top in the UK for Agriculture, and top in Scotland for Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care and Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.
Many Aberdeen students complete part of their degree study in another country and the University operates exchange programmes with 13 colleges/universities in the USA, 5 universities in Canada, 5 universities in Hong Kong, and 1 university in Japan. The University also has a number of exchange links with universities across Europe through the ERASMUS programme. All students are eligible to apply except those in Medicine, Law and Education, and the year abroad is an integral part of the student’s Aberdeen degree, not an additional year.
UK Students (2021/2022)
Note: Scottish and European Students should check with the Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS).
The university has scholarships for every year of undergraduate study. Awards are split between merit awards, for students with excpetional academic qualifications, and access awards, for students who might find it difficult to enter higher education without financial support. Both are worth up to £3,000 per annum.
University of Abedreen Scholarships are valued between £1,000 - £3,000 per annum and given to students with good academic potential while studying for an undergraduate degree.
There are several awards made each year to outstanding musicians, including organ, choral and instrumental scholarships.
The Alumni Sports Bursary Scheme runs on an annual basis and exists to assist talented individuals to maintain their high sporting standards while in full-time study, supporting up to 20 Scholars competing at or close to National level per year.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library is one of the largest and best equipped in the UK and is an iconic architectural landmark of North East Scotland. A wide range of facilities are available including a Gallery on the Ground Floor for exhibitions and displays, a Microform Room, a Multimedia Room, a Music Resources Room and PCs on every floor. There are also more informal areas including the Hardback Café on the Ground Floor and the ‘Break-out’ Room. There are over 1,200 study spaces from traditional silent study rooms to interactive areas for collaborative projects, supported by information technology. Also on the Old Aberdeen campus, the Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre cover law with official UK and EU publications. The Medical Library on the Foresterhill Campus is for students of Medicine and Medical Sciences. There are over one million volumes in the University collections, from ancient papyri to electronic journals, most of which are easily accessible through an online catalogue. Special Libraries and Archives holds an internationally significant collection of over 200,000 rare books, printed mostly before 1840, and 4,000 unique archive and manuscript collections. These are complemented by the University’s museum collections, which include Anatomy, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, Geology, Herbarium, History, Pathology, Scientific Instruments and Zoology.
There is a Student Learning Service offering workshops on academic skills during term-time. Specialist academic skills advice is available for students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. The Language Centre is open to all University of Aberdeen students and offers a broad range of audio, video, computer and satellite television facilities, an extensive materials library covering up to 50 different languages, courses for students whose native language is not English, and all the language learning advice and support you need. There is also a variety of web and computer-based resources to complement your studies, and free, fast, wireless internet access in all Halls of Residence and most administrative and academic buildings across the campus.
In summer 2009 the University, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and supported by sportscotland, opened Phase 1 of a new £28 million flagship sport facility, with the aim of becoming the centre of excellence for sport in north-east Scotland. Facilities in the Aberdeen Sports Village include a full size indoor football pitch; an indoor athletics area; a large sports hall; 4 squash courts; a large fitness suite and performance gymnasium; 2 studios; a 400 metre outdoor athletics track and stadium; a floodlit water based hockey pitch; a performance and Well-being Centre; and a crèche, café and spectator seating. Phase 2 of the Sports Village was completed in May 2014 with the opening of the Aquatic Centre, which have a 50 metre swimming pool, with 25m diving pool and health suite.
Services include exercise classes that cater for a wide range of tastes and levels of ability, from novice to advanced, including lunchtime and evening classes such as aerobics, circuits, sports conditioning, boxfit, body conditioning, step and studio cycling. There’s also personal advice on all aspects of fitness and training, health-related fitness, nutrition and weight management, fitness assessments, body fat analysis and 1-to-1 training. Students can also choose to get involved in sports teams run by the Sports Union which boasts the second largest number of clubs of any Scottish University. Most clubs compete regionally, in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish University Sport (SUS) leagues against teams from any of 150 Universities. There is also an intra-mural programme to get involved for those who want to play sport at a more recreational level.
Aberdeen’s Students’ Union or Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) runs over 120 societies and with all of them different there is something for every taste. The AUSA also runs successful ‘Give it a Go’ sessions throughout the year which allow students to take part in one-off activities on campus or try out the activities of a particular society before deciding to become a full member. There are also media opportunities to get involved in with the University’s own radio station and its own fortnightly newspaper.
AUSA works at many levels to represent students. The AUSA Sabbatical Officers are there to help you with any problems you may encounter during your time at University and are your elected representatives. There is also a Student Advice Centre to answer all your important questions from healthcare to bus routes and everything else in between.
The hub is located in the heart of campus at the University of Aberdeen and is where Aberdeen students go to meet friends, eat, shop, go online or just relax.
Religion & Spirituality
The University Chaplaincy Centre at 25 High Street is a hub of community for people of all faiths and none. The team comprises of Honorary Chaplains and Faith Representatives who seek to encourage the spiritual life on campus. There is always a warm welcome for all in the Chaplaincy Centre and the Chaplaincy team are committed to offering personal and pastoral care to anyone who needs it. Hence, they are available to offer a listening ear, a hospital visit and much more. The Chaplains also encourage community services across the University campus, including Halls of Residence on Tuesday evenings, and oversee University services within King's College Chapel.
Health & Well-Being
Full NHS medical services are available to students. The Old Aberdeen Medical Practice, a comprehensive NHS health practice, has many years of experience in providing advice and treatment to students. The Practice is independent of the University but located close to King’s College campus in a purpose built Health Centre.
The Student Advice and Support office provides advice and information on three broad areas: disabilities, international student matters, and “general” advice and support. The University welcomes applications from disabled students and considers applications from all students on the same academic grounds. The University Disability Advisers offer support and guidance and are a first point of contact for disabled students.
The Student Support Advisers are based in the Student Advice & Support Office and can offer confidential and non-judgemental advice on matters ranging from personal problems and academic issues, to University procedures and financial matters such as student funding. There is a Counselling Service which is a free, confidential and professional service for students and staff who have personal, social, emotional or educational concerns. It is located in the heart of the King’s College campus.
There is a Careers Service on hand to help you to make informed career decisions and give you the practical support you need to secure a graduate job or a place on a postgraduate course. Students at Aberdeen can; access personal advice and guidance from the team of professional Careers Service staff; discuss options with employers and Aberdeen graduates or alumni; attend events including careers fairs, employer-led skills sessions and alumni talks; or take part in the Career Mentoring Programme. Many degrees offer integrated and assessed careers-related courses, including preparation for industrial placements. In addition, you can choose to earn some of your academic credits through work-related and career planning courses such as a second-year course, “Career Development: Find your Direction”. The STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Award recognises student achievements outside their academic work giving them the edge over other graduates. Students can also attend a series of exciting workshops around leadership led by inspirational employers and leadership experts in the Leadership Academy. Successful completion of the Leadership Academy is recognised by the University on their Enhanced Transcript.
The Careers Service has a dedicated Work Placement Team who source opportunities exclusively for University of Aberdeen students, so you can get ahead of the competition. The University has also developed its own work placement programme within the University, the Aberdeen Internship, which was recently nominated for “Work Placement of the Year” by the National Council for Work Experience.
Catered and self-catered
Catered (per week) (2021/2022)
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
As a new student at Aberdeen you are guaranteed a place in University accommodation and the Student Accommodation Office has a team of dedicated staff that work to find you a suitable place to live that suits your preferences. There is a wide range of accommodation with a wireless network throughout, as well as facilities for disabled students. Crombie-Johnston Hall is at the heart of the campus and accommodates approximately 406 students. Students have the choice of rooms with a wash hand basin and shared facilities or rooms with en-suite facilities. Hillhead Halls is the student village on the bank of the River Don, with 520 en-suite and 1655 standard catered and self-catering rooms. Student facilities include a shop, launderettes, floodlit all-weather tennis courts and a football pitch. A frequent bus service runs to the main campus and the city centre.
English Language Requirements
|Qualification||Undergraduate Standard||Medicine (MB ChB)|
|TOEFL Internet-based test||
|Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency||
There are International Student Advisers to provide specialist guidance on visa/immigration and other matters, as well as the University Student Support Services. The International Student Society organises an active programme of social events throughout the year to give students the opportunity to experience Scottish life and traditions. The programme includes day and weekend trips around Scotland. The Language Centre offers English courses and workshops throughout the year to support your studies. If you have not quite met the direct entry requirements, there is the possibility to study on a summer school programmes to improve your English and meet these requirements.