The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK. Founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495, the beautiful campus attracts a diverse international community of over 14,000 students from over 130 countries.
The University of Aberdeen is ranked as a Top 20 UK university by the Guardian University Guide 2024 and Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and ranks among the best 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023). It also ranks second across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for student satisfaction in The National Student Survey 2023.
Aberdeen offers an extensive and varied selection of masters programmes and research degrees to PhD level. Many postgraduate programmes come with professional accreditations and are co-designed by industry experts, and students benefit from research-led, interdisciplinary teaching.
On-demand learning lets students from all over the world access our postgraduate qualifications. Our online offering is growing all the time with over 100 online short courses currently available. We offer a flexible short course route into a postgraduate qualification which lets you study one short course at a time, allowing you to study and build a degree at your own pace.
The University of Aberdeen has a long history of research excellence. The University has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize on two occasions: in 2017 for its breakthrough impact in health and science globally, and in 2021 for its world-leading research and education in Soil Science. We are also associated with five Nobel Prizes across medicine, nutrition, chemistry, and physics, and research into developing the world’s first MRI scanner was carried out at the University of Aberdeen.
Teaching at the University of Aberdeen is organised across twelve schools:
Study in the stunning, multi award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, home to over one million books, a special collections centre, and over 1,200 study spaces. There are also dedicated, specialist libraries for students studying Law, Medicine, and Divinity.
The University’s state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub opened its doors in 2022, providing specialist teaching, training and learning facilities for students across a number of disciplines including chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences.
Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sports facility in the North-East of Scotland. ASV boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, a full-size indoor 3G football pitch, indoor and outdoor running tracks, a large gym and fitness suite, squash courts, and many more facilities.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, and has been voted one of the safest cities in the UK. Explore the bustling city centre with its shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, museums and galleries, or venture out of the city to enjoy stunning countryside, castles, mountains and miles of golden beaches, all on our doorstep.
Students at the University of Aberdeen have access to our Careers and Employability Service, which offers information, guidance and advice on career planning. Graduates of the university are welcome to access the full range of appointments as and when they need them, for as long as they need them.
The Student Support Team is also on hand to offer impartial and confidential advice and support to students on a wide range of issues including personal, academic, disabilities, wellbeing and more.
Choose from a variety of accommodation options on the King’s College Campus or at Hillhead Student Village. Students staying at the university accommodation also benefit from unlimited free Wi-Fi, 24/7 management and security, and a fast, responsive on-site maintenance team.
Fees Funding and Scholarships
Visit the programme pages on our website for tuition fee information, and explore the University’s funding database to browse the scholarships and funding opportunities currently available.
Find information about our upcoming Open Days, campus visits and virtual events by visiting our website.
The University of Aberdeen is holding a Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on Thursday 28th March. You can speak with current students, watch live presentations, and ask questions of our experts throughout the event!
The event will be held across two sessions, 10am to midday, and 5pm to 7pm, and you only need to attend one session. You can register for the event and find out more here.