University of Aberdeen


Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 23rd in the UK and 137th in the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Aberdeen.
  • Founded in 1495, Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the UK.

Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is an ancient university with a strong academic reputation. Its picturesque 15th-century King’s College campus lies just 20 minutes’ walk out of the city centre. The university offers more than 600 degree courses and has been investing heavily in student facilities in recent years with the opening of a new library, sports village and student centre. Aberdeen (or the Granite city, after the rock it is built of) is a charming, student-friendly city with plenty of good pubs.

Throughout the 20th century Aberdeen has consistently increased student enrolment, which now stands at 14,000. In recent years picturesque and historic Old Aberdeen, home of Bishop Elphinstone’s original foundation, has again become the main campus site.

The University has also invested heavily in medical research, where time and again University staff have demonstrated their skills as world leaders in their field. The Institute of Medical Sciences, completed in 2002, was designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for medical researchers and their students. This was followed in 2007 by the Health Sciences Building. The Foresterhill campus is now one of Europe’s major biomedical research centres.  The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare, a £20m healthcare training facility, opened in 2009.

Aberdeen and Canada
Whereas undergraduate degrees in England are generally three years in duration, in Scotland an honours level Bachelor degree is fours year. Also, unlike in England, where students specialise in one subject from their first year of study, in Scotland students can choose to study different subjects during their first two years before deciding on which one(s) to specialise.

The University of Aberdeen has a long and proud tradition of welcoming students from Canada. Over the years, Canadian students have come to Aberdeen to study for full undergraduate and graduate level degrees, while each year we also welcome a cohort of visiting students from our partner Canadian universities.

Colleges and Schools
Aberdeen’s academic structure is organised across three colleges which encompass a broad range of disciplines in academic schools.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students benefit by being taught by academic staff who are active in research, many involved in international collaborations at the forefront of discovery in their respective discipline, focused on finding answers to the issues facing our society and economy today.

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Nearly 14,000 students and 1,500 academic staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Guaranteed for all new first-year students. Both self-catering accommodation, and catered halls available. The university has invested £20m in new accommodation.

On the King’s College campus in Old Aberdeen modern facilities sit seamlessly within the history and heritage of Scotland’s third oldest university. Just a stone’s throw from the iconic King’s College Chapel is the striking, sharp cube of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Its dramatic, twisting interior provides an inspiring study environment with outstanding collections of ancient manuscripts, books and other treasures on show in regular exhibitions.

The nearby the Aberdeen Sports Village provides state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities for a wide range of sports at all levels and abilities, including from 2014 the Olympic-standard Aberdeen Aquatic Centre.

On the Foresterhill health campus, the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare is ensuring that northeast Scotland is at the forefront of medical teaching and clinical training, while the existing research facilities will be complemented in 2015 by a new building dedicated to world-leading research in food and health.

There’s an international airport, a central train and bus station that connects directly to Edinburgh and London, and plenty of good road links. It’s an easy stroll or quick bus ride from the university into town.

Living in Aberdeen
The Granite City of Aberdeen is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city with an international population and a booming oil industry.

The city boasts spectacular architecture and captivating museums, fascinating history, a wealth of art and culture and a lively social scene. Aberdeen’s famous ‘Granite Mile’, Union Street, is the gateway to over 800 shops, restaurants and bars. Visitors can chill-out in lovely flower-filled parks – Aberdeen is 13 times winner of Britain in Bloom. Best of all, the city has its own golden sandy beach.

The city centre features the opulent Marischal College and the colonnaded art gallery with its fine collection, which have been preserved as museums. Union Street continues west to the cosmopolitan West End, where much of the city’s nightlife can be found. To the south, the harbour heaves with boats serving the fishing and oil industries, while north of the centre lies attractive Old Aberdeen, a village neighbourhood presided over by King’s College and St Machar Cathedral, and influenced by the large student population. Aberdeen’s long beach, with its esplanade development, marks the city’s eastern border, only a mile or so from its centre.