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 15,000 and a large international community of students drawn from over 120 different countries. Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, we offer students the chance to benefit from our teaching quality and research facilities, which over the years have contributed to the work of five separate Nobel Prize winners. Our strong track record in welcoming international students was recently demonstrated within the most widely viewed international league table of world-leading universities, the QS World University Rankings, which saw the University rise 11 places this year alone in the world rankings, placing us as 137th in the world, 24th in the UK and 4th in Scotland.
The University offers a wide range of postgraduate study opportunities across all discipline areas, with over 120 taught Masters and research degrees available.
Our Taught postgraduate degrees are designed with you in mind, imparting advanced knowledge or techniques in specialised aspects of subjects which have, ideally, been studied previously at an undergraduate level. Some of our taught courses also serve as conversion courses which enable students to change their area of specialisation away from that of their original studies. We have a range of Masters Programmes which lead to awards of MSc, MBA, MLE, MLitt, LLM, MMus, Med and MTh.
Our Research degrees are designed to provide a thorough training in a particular subject area through original exploration and experimentation. All research degrees culminate in a thesis or dissertation which sets out the conclusions of all research undertaken. There are opportunities within all disciplines of the University to undertake research at PhD, MD or Phil level.
At Aberdeen, ancient buildings sit side by side with modern, newly refurbished, first-class laboratories.
The Sir Duncan Rice Library, which was officially opened in 2012, is one of the largest and best equipped in Scotland, offering students the very best in learning resources to support all postgraduate studies.
The very best of learning facilities are available within the library, including a Thomson Reuters Trading Simulation room (the first of its kind in the UK), an ancient Archive of national importance which includes museum collections from Anatomy, Archaeology, Art, Geology, Pathology, Zoology and others, and a high-tech language centre which is open to all students.
In addition to this, our computing facilities are the most up to date available in education, hosting one of the largest wireless campuses in Europe.
Our 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 also outstanding with the Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village which features full-size indoor football pitches, indoor and outdoor athletics fields, state-of-the-art gym and performance studio, fitness classes, hockey pitches and squash courts.
We understand that many of our students require more flexibility when starting a postgraduate qualification – this can be due to career plans, employer constraints or even down to immigration and visa legislation. In order to help our students begin their studies at a time which is best suited to them, a selection of our most popular taught programmes now have a January or early February intake available.
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.
Postgraduate Open Day
If you want to find out more about postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen, learn about our flexible study options, how to boost your career prospects or even how to change direction with a postgraduate qualification, come along to our next Postgraduate Open Day. The 2014 Postgraduate Open Day takes place on the 1st of November at the King’s College Campus from 12pm until 3pm.
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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