University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is today at the forefront of teaching, learning and discovery, as it has been for 500 years. As the 'global university of the north', we have consistently sent pioneers and ideas outward to every part of the world. We are an ambitious, research-driven university with a global outlook, committed to excellence in everything we do. 

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (218)
Social Sciences (208)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (69)
Business & Management (61)
Arts, Design & Architecture (37)

About

History

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. 

Education

We offer a vast selection of both full-time and part-time degrees at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Whether you are looking to enhance your professional practice, change your career or get started on a new pathway, our undergraduate and postgraduate professional courses will help you achieve your goals. 

We offer a dynamic and inclusive research culture, welcoming students to collaborate with our staff and professional partners to investigate the complexities of education and its underpinning values and beliefs. 

Research

The University's research is undertaken from a number of world-class research institutes, complemented by research centers. They produce world-leading output in a range of disciplines in Arts and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Physical Sciences.

  • Arts and Social Sciences Institutes 
  • Life Sciences and Medicine Institutes
  • Physical Sciences Institutes

Career

The Careers Service inspires and supports career success through collaboration, innovation and professionalism. We provide our students with the advice and information they need for effective career planning and skill development along with opportunities for networking and connecting with employers.

  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • Virtual Adviser
  • Searchable database of career planning resources
  • Careers Service Library (2nd floor, the Students' Union) 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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2022
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2021
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2022
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2021
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2020
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2023
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2022
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2021
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2023
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2022
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

Based on the Top Floor of the Students' Union Building, the Student Advice and Support team offers impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of issues, including finance, disabilities and specific learning differences, visa and immigration matters, mental health and well being, and more. 

Housing services

The University of Aberdeen offers student living for undergraduates at our Hillhead Student Village and at a number of residences based on our King’s College campus. International Exchange and Study Abroad students are integrated in to the halls with other University of Aberdeen students, so you will have the opportunity to meet local students as well as other international students. 

International Exchange and Study Abroad students are guaranteed a place in student accommodation for the duration of their studies, as long as they apply by the stated deadline. Information regarding how to apply for accommodation and the relevant deadlines and contract dates is provide at the point of acceptance.

Library services

Library services provide: 

  • Access to over £1.3million books and online sources
  • Over 1500 individual study spaces at three sites
  • Bookable group-work spaces
  • Specialist advice for Library and IT enquiries
  • Assistive Technology booths 
  • Galleries and events areas for exhibitions and presentations
  • Tours and workshops to enhance your study skills 

ICT services

One of the largest wireless campuses in Europe, and strategy to continually improve student accommodation and facilities. 

Student Life

Campus life

We have a range of accommodation options to suit everybody, located in or close to the Old Aberdeen Campus, the Hillhead Student Village and the City Centre.

  • Fyfe House
  • Wavell House 
  • Kings Hall 
  • Elphinstone Road Flats
  • Hector Boece Court 

Sports facilities

The Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre is the premier sports facility in the North East of Scotland. It is open to students, staff and the public with facilities for athletics, football, swimming, racquet sports, hockey, martial arts, weight lifting, boxing and fitness classes, as well as spaces for a variety of sports clubs such as trampolining and ultimate frisbee.

The Centre is designed to be somewhere for people to enjoy, train and compete in sporting activities. 

Student clubs

The Students’ Association is the organisation that represents you, supports you, offers hundreds of co-curricular activities for you to explore your interests and talents, and works hard to make your time in Aberdeen as good as it can be. 

We run over 100 societies, which fall into the following broad categories:

  • Departmental Societies – where academia and fun come together
  • Cultural Societies – dedicated to celebrating different world cultures
  • Faith Societies – celebrating different world faiths
  • Create Change Societies – dedicated to environment or political concerns
  • Creative Arts Societies – who like to perform or create art 
  • General Interest Societies – who have a particular interest or hobby

Accreditation

The University of Aberdeen Business School is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Student Reviews

OFFSHORE ENGINEERING MSc
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

To be honest, my study year is about to start, so I can not say much about that. However, I have had throughout research about the program I have enrolled in. Therefore, I would say it is one of the best choices for marine engineers to proceed as the next step for their academic career improvement. Subjects cover the full scope of tasks that are mainly done by offshore &...

Great teaching and supportive environment!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the Language & Linguistics MA programme. Teaching was great and teachers always treated us with understanding and kindness. I found the semester-long courses too long and preferred the few half-semester courses we had. Assessment consisted sometimes of one or two papers per course, which I didn't find ideal. I preferred having regular smaller assignments during a...

Professors always helpful and understanding
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I especially loved all of my professors, as they were all helpful and understanding and responded to emails quickly trying to help in any way they could. The library was a great place to study and had a good atmosphere. It was great that it was also open 24/7 during exam phase, since I was able to go there during the nights before exams or essay deadlines to get work done....

Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

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