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University of Aberdeen

#21 Overall Ranking in UK
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About Aberdeen

Over the past 525 years, the University of Aberdeen has proudly offered its students life-changing opportunities by proving true to its foundational purpose, ‘open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’. The University’s vast experience in teaching – along with its modern 21st century outlook – enables it to offer the same great opportunity to you today. Aberdeen University comprises of 12 different schools which delivers the best teaching and research on a broad range of subjects and disciplines. This includes arts and social sciences, life sciences and medicines, physical science, business school, etc. Undergraduate students can opt from almost 370 first degree courses, and postgraduates can undertake supervised research in all departments of the University and choose from over 120 taught Master degrees.
The University of Aberdeen offers first class learning resources situated in a beautiful campus. At the main campus you will find ancient buildings side by side with modern, newly refurbished laboratories, excellent computing facilities and the latest library technology. Social and sporting facilities are of a high standard with over 150 sports clubs and societies available for students to join. The University of Aberdeen is located in Aberdeen, a city boasting a rich cultural heritage. Aberdeen is an attractive and welcoming city with a population of approximately 220,000. Aberdeen is both big enough to offer a ‘big city’ experience, but also compact enough to navigate easily.

University Rankings

  • Top 30 UK university by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • Its world leading research and learning experience has contributed to associations with 5 Nobel Prize winners
  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework
  • Scottish University of the Year 2019

Subject Rankings

  • 1 Dentistry
  • 2 Medicine
  • 4 Anthropology
  • 7 Sociology
  • 9 Law
  • 12 Anatomy & physiology
  • 14 Physics
  • 14 Engineering
  • 20 Earth & Marine Sciences
  • 21 Pharmacy & pharmacology
  • 29 Biosciences
  • 34 Chemical Engineering: Petroleum
  • 34 Health professions
  • 34 Sports science
  • 44 Psychology

Aberdeen, Scotland

Popular Courses

Business School

Duration: 4 years Intake: September
Aberdeen’s Business School (ABS) is internationally recognised for its excellence in world-leading research, and was ranked as a top three UK University for impact in Business and Management Studies as ranked by Times Higher Education based on REF 2014 GPA scores. REF assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. ABS strength in research means that Masters students benefit from the expertise of staff who are pioneers in their discipline, and the personalised nature of the study experience ensures a high degree of individual contact with leading academics. The University’s location in Aberdeen – an internationally recognised business centre that boasts the offices of 20 FTSE 100 companies – means that our curriculum is strongly geared towards the needs of industry. Many of our academics began their careers in the business world, and our courses benefit from strong engagement with industry meaning that students are ready to hit the ground running in the workplace. Another strength of the Business School is the flexibility that offers to students. There are a number of part-time and distance learning study options, plus we offer all students the chance to break into the business world by converting their undergraduate degree from any discipline, in any background, into a highly valuable Masters degree in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, or real estate. With academics at the forefront of research and teaching, and a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of industry, the University of Aberdeen Business School is a place where students can benefit from a highly personalised and flexible study experience that will considerably enhance their job prospects and set them on a path to a brilliant career.

Information Technology

Get into: Software, Big Data, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, or Cyber Security. This programme will provide you with strong abilities in a subject in high demand, giving you skills in programming, data, systems, security, AI, robotics and problem-solving.
  • Why choose Aberdeen
  • Very high reputation of and quality computing degrees, combined with a strong focus on employability
  • Very strong links to industry.
  • Flexible degree programmes
  • Opportunity to study at one of a range of partner universities, allowing you to experience living in another country during your studies.
  • Aberdeen Software Factory is a student-run software house, where you can gain experience, and build your CV, by working on large projects with real clients.

School of Engineering

The Engineering School in University of Aberdeen serves as a great choice as it comprises of award-winning staffs and modern, well-equipped laboratories as well as programmes that reflect ‘systems engineering’ approach in modern industry, in which it ties with world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research. It is an Integrated Engineering School, containing award-winning staff and modern, well-equipped laboratories. Besides that, their programmes reflect ‘systems engineering’ approach in modern industry. Not to mention, it is also philosophy of world-class teaching in an atmosphere of research

Department of Archaeology

It all started in 2007, when University of Aberdeen’s Department of Archeology emerged as the one of the youngest of all archeology departments in the UK. As befits the 'Global University of the North', archaeology at Aberdeen has a special high-latitude focus that is found nowhere else. Geographically, we are ideally suited to access some of the country’s most interesting archaeological sites. In partnership with the village corporation Qanirtuuq, Inc. and the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska, is working to record archaeological sites threatened by rising sea levels along the Bering Sea. This is something students could volunteer to be part of, to broaden their sight and also experience.


Scholarships (Postgraduate only) Amount
Aberdeen Alumni Discount 20% of Tuition Fees
Aberdeen Global Scholarship £2,000
David Stewart Scholarship (Malaysian Only) £4,000
Aberdeen International Masters Scholarship £2,000
CB DavidsonFund (Law) Up to £2,500
Commonwealth Scholarships Not Specified

*Note: The indicated course fees is per annum based and based on completing a standard full time study load. Fees may increase yearly.

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