University of Aberdeen
’97% of Aberdeen students enter jobs, research posts or further study within six months of graduating.’
Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth-oldest university in the UK, and combines ancient tradition with the best in modern teaching and study facilities. The University has a student population of around 16,000 and a large international community of students drawn from 120 different countries. Ranked in the top 130 universities in the world, the University has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research and has had, over the years, five Nobel Prize winners. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 90% of Aberdeen’s research activity was assessed to be of international quality and 55% world-leading or internationally excellent.
Aberdeen offers a wide range of programmes, both taught master’s programmes and research opportunities at postgraduate level. We offer around 150 taught master’s across the three Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences; Life Sciences and Medicine; and Physical Sciences. The University of Aberdeen has recently been ranked amongst the world’s top research institutions in an international survey of the best places to work.
At Aberdeen, ancient buildings sit side by side with modern, newly refurbished, first-class laboratories. The University library, over five sites, is one of the largest and best equipped in Scotland, and computing facilities are up to the minute, hosting the largest wireless campus in Europe. The very best learning resources are on offer to support students, including the sixth most important museum collection in the country. A high-tech language centre is open to all students and offers excellent audio, video, computer and satellite television facilities, an extensive library, and courses for students whose native language is not English. Support services for students are amongst the best in the UK, and include a student counselling service and a student advisory service, , and a chaplaincy centre, which is open to members of any religious persuasion. The University’s International Support Adviser is the first point of contact for new students arriving from outside the UK, and the International Student Society organises regular events for international students.
On-campus social and sporting facilities are outstanding, and all single international students are guaranteed a place in either University or privately owned accommodation for at least the first year of study. £230m is also currently being invested by the University into new facilities and resources for students. This will include a flagship library for the 21st Century, an Olympic-style sports facility and the recently opened on-campus student centre, the Hub.
As well as having an annual September intake, many postgraduate programmes also have a January or early February intake. These programmes vary year on year and generally include all LLM Law and MBA programmes.
How to apply
All applications to postgraduate study should be made directly to the University – click here for more information.
You will need to ensure that you meet the English Language requirements – click here for more information.
If you don’t quite meet the necessary language requirements, the Language Centre offer a number of different course options which will help you achieve the required English Language standard before beginning your degree programme – click here for more information.
Fees and funding
A number of scholarships are available at the University. Click here for information on internal and external funding. For up-to-date details on tuition fees and costs of living, click here.
It is essential you are aware of the visa requirements to study in the UK, and plan your application in advance. – click here for more information.
An ideal location
Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city, is a prosperous and attractive city with a population of 250,000. Big enough for the ‘big city’ experience, student-friendly Aberdeen is still small enough to make it easy for students to find their way around and make friends. From the bustling city centre, it is just a short distance to the tranquillity of the nearby hills and countryside of one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. Aberdeen also caters for all tastes in arts, culture, leisure and entertainment, and communication and travel links are excellent, with an international airport and trains and coaches that connect easily with all parts of the UK and Europe. For more information click here.
Postgraduate Open Day
The 2011 Postgraduate Open Day takes place on Tuesday 9th November at the King’s College Campus. In addition the University runs a number of international online open day events – keep an eye on our Facebook page or our events page for more information.
For more information about studying at the University of Aberdeen, we have a series of useful guides and specific information tailored to different countries, which you may find useful.
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