Who will you be voting for in the 2015 General Election? Vote on the homepage | No thanks

Robert Gordon University

2015 League Table Ranking 54
2015 Overall Score 656
View the 2015 league tables
Entry Standards 379 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

Click here to read more

Student-Staff Ratio 19.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

Click here to read more

Research Assessment 2.06 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

Click here to read more

Academic Services Spend 952 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

Click here to read more

Student Satisfaction 4.03 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

Click here to read more

Facilities Spend 277 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

Click here to read more

Graduate Prospects 81.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

Click here to read more

Degree Completion 81.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

Click here to read more

Good Honours 63.2 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

Click here to read more

Green Score 26.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

Click here to read more

Request -1


  • Robert Gordon University was founded in 1750 as a technical college.  Full university status was granted in 1992.  Watch the history of RGU and find out how we’ve evolved.
  • The University has always focused on delivering education that prepares students for the professional world: by working closely with employers at all stages of the students’ journey, from course development and accreditation to providing scholarships and work based placements and experiences. This is why we have such a successful graduate employment record (seeacademic strengths below).
  • Robert Gordon University has invested heavily in the Garthdee campus and has just completed phase one of our exciting £120-million campus development. When the project is completed we will offer even more world-class learning and research facilities. Read about the amazing campus transformation.
  • Robert Gordon University has an international reputation for providing high quality education right through from undergraduate to postgraduate and PhD level, alongside high quality courses to support continuing professional and personal development. Find out more on the University's track record.

Location and Transport

  • Aberdeen is situated in the north east of Scotland. Frequent, cheap air, rail and bus connections to Aberdeen exist from the majority UK cities, making it hugely accessible. Find out more about transport links.
  • Love the great outdoors? With two rivers running through Aberdeen, its picturesque sandy beaches, the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park nearby, Aberdeen attracts photographers, artists, sailors, surfers, kayakers, kite enthusiasts, rowers, walkers, golfers, mountain, rock and ice climbers, snowboarders and white water rafters!
  • Aberdeen is ranked as the best city to live and work in in Scotland, and 2ndbest in the UK, according to "Good Growth for Cities, 2013".
  • RGU has been ranked as the second best value university in the UK for students living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland in the Student Value for Money report 2012 by Simple Landlords Insurance. These rankings take into account university league table standings, average rental costs and tuition fees.

Entry Standards

Student Mix

The 13,410 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • All courses are based on a modular structure and offer a range of exit qualifications.
  • Many courses are made up of both compulsory and optional modules that allow you to tailor your studies to your interests and ambitions.
  • Over 90% of our undergraduate courses offer placement opportunities.
  • The University offers the flexibility of distance learning and part-time study options for some undergraduate courses and for most postgraduate courses.

Teaching Standards

  • All courses are subject to initial approval and validation. Each course is then subject to a subsequent six yearly institution-led Subject Review.
  • Course performance is monitored annually.
  • Each Faculty has Learning Enhancement Co-ordinators (LECs), who are academics with a responsibility to develop learning and teaching practice.

Research Standards

  • The last national Research Assessment Exercise took place in 2008. The University was judged to have world-class research in 8 of 11 categories that apply to our subject portfolio. Over 70% of research is classed as being of international quality. The University is in the top 20 modern universities for research in the whole of the UK.
  • The University is building on this excellence with the establishment of three multi-disciplinary Research Institutes. They focus on translational research in the areas of excellence.

IDEAS – Institute for Innovation, Design and Sustainability Research. Topics: Engineering; Environmental Science; Computing; Architecture & Built Environment and Art & Design.

IHWR – Institute for Health and Welfare Research. Topics: Pharmacy & Life Sciences; Health Sciences; Applied Social Studies and Nursing & Midwifery.

ImaGeS – Institute for Management, Governance and Society Research. Topics: Business & Enterprise; Governance & Society and Information & Communication.years.

Academic Strengths

  • Due to our vocational courses – we are consistently named as one of the best UK Universities for graduate employment.  Read more about our graduate employability success rates.
  • In the latest independent National Student Survey, the overall student satisfaction score at RGU has remained at 87%
  • All undergraduate courses offer an effective combination of academic study and practical experience, with most including periods of work placement.
  • All of our courses are designed and developed in close consultation with the relevant professional bodies, and, where relevant, courses will carry accreditation by the relevant professional bodies.

Student Facilities

  • State-of-the-art facilities include a purpose-built Clinical Skills Centre, high-tech television and radio studios and a Green Screen Suite. We work consistently to improve learning facilities across all academic departments and across all modes of study.
  • Substantial student support network that includes study support, careers advice, on-campus GP surgery and counselling service.
  • The University has 1,600 computer workstations: all halls of residence are networked and there is wireless access in all public areas.
  • A new, purpose built, library opened in September 2013, offering IT/wireless equipped space for quiet and individual study, complemented by an extensive new study area designed to support collaborative and group activities.

Disability Services

  • The University's Disability and Dyslexia Service provides in-house assessment, advice and practical support to students and applicants with disabilities.
  • All University managed student accommodation and all teaching and learning facilities meet DDA requirements.

Students' Union

  • Check out the Student Union website for all the information you need.


  • Located in the heart of the campus, RGU: SPORT has a six-lane 25m swimming pool, nine-badminton-court sports hall, three state-of-the-art fitness areas including a strength and conditioning suite, three exercise studios where a wide variety of group exercise classes (including Les Mills BTS) are offered, Physiotherapy@RGU:Wellness, 11m-high lead climbing wall and bouldering room, and Starbucks café.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • In September 2013, the university completed Phase one of its £120-million campus development at Garthdee, which consolidated all academic delivery on one site and housing some of the best teaching and research facilities in Europe.
  • Phase two has begun and, upon completion in September 2015, will provide a new home for the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
  • A community Health Centre and a new Nursery are on the Garthdee campus and both facilities are open to students and staff.
  • Discover more about the university’s commitment to the substantial development of the campus through its Masterplan.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The buoyant economy in Aberdeen allows students to enjoy a vibrant part-time jobs market in all sectors.
  • Amongst lots of other useful services, the Careers and Employability Centre operates My Career, the Centre’s own online jobs and opportunities notice board, advertises a large number of local opportunities from local employers looking to fill part-time posts.

Notable Alumni

  • Sharon Bamford – Chairman of Chynoweth Technologies and a Trustee of Glasgow School of Art. Former CEO of the Association of MBA’s and CEO of the UK India Business Council. MBA, 1997.
  • Ena Baxter – Businesswoman, cook and artist. Alongside her husband Gordon she built up one of Scotland’s best known and loved brands. Diploma Art Drawing and Painting, 1948.
  • Kenneth Black – Managing Director of Rowlands Pharmacy and Honorary Professor of Pharmacy at RGU. BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, 1987.
  • Ivor Catto – CEO of Hyder Consulting Plc, a multi-national design and engineering consultancy renowned for working on some of the world’s most iconic buildings and structures. HND Mechanical & Offshore Engineering, 1987.
  • Jennifer Craw – Former Chief Executive at Scottish Enterprise Grampian, and Chairman of the Board of Governors at RGU. PGDip Management, 1989.
  • David Currie – UK Regional President of worldwide energy services group, Aker Solutions. PG Dip Human Resource Management, 1978.
  • Hamish Dodds – President and CEO of Hard Rock International and Non Executive Board Director of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. BA (CNAA) Business Studies, 1979.
  • Ola Gorie Tait, MBE – One of Britain’s most important and award-winning jewellery designers of recent times and a pioneer of modern Scottish craft. Diploma in Design and Crafts, 1959.
  • Maxwell Hutchinson – Architect, broadcaster and author. RIBA Part I Architecture, 1969.
  • Callum Innes – Award-winning artist whose work is held in national collections worldwide, such as the Guggenheim, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Tate Collection. He was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 1995 and won the Jerwood Prize for Painting in 2002. BA (CNAA) Fine Art, 1984.
  • Scott Leiper – Managing Director at Lockheed Martin UK, Information Systems and Global Solutions and Chief Operating Officer at Amor Group. BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 1993.
  • Roy Macgregor, OBE – Founder andChairman of Global Energy Group, the largest private sector employer in the Highlands of Scotland, Chairman of Ross County Football Club and IOD Scotland Director of the Year 2013. Dip Commerce, 1973.
  • Hannah Miley – British and Scottish swimmer, Olympian and reigning Commonwealth and European 400m individual medley champion, European Short Course and World Short Course Champion. BSc Sports and Exercise Science, 2012.
  • Anne Minto, OBE – Non Executive Board Director of Tate & Lyle plc, Shire plcand ExlService Holdings, Inc PGDip Human Resource Management, 1975.
  • Dr Donnie Munro – Scottish musician/songwriter, formerly with the Scottish international rock band Runrig.  Former politician and Ministerial advisor on National Arts Strategy and currently Director of Development and Arts with Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Chairman of the National Digitisation Programme, Tobar an Dualchais-Kist O Riches. Dip Art Drawing & Painting, 1974.
  • Jamie Oag – Multi-award-winning entrepreneur, CEO of SPEX Group and co-founder of Optima Solutions. MSc Instrumental Analytical Sciences, 1994.
  • Charles Ritchie – Founder and Chairman of Score Group plc, the largest private sector employer in North East Scotland. HNC Mechanical Engineering, 1971.
  • Graham Wallace – Former CEO of Manchester City Football Club and recently appointed CEO of Rangers Football Club. BA (CNAA) Business Studies, 1983.
  • Donna Wilson – Knitting designer, Entrepreneur and 2010 Designer of the Year at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards. BA (Hons) Art – Design & Craft, 1999.


For further information

  • Tel: +44 (0) 1224 262728
  • Fax: +44 (0) 1224 262147
  • The Robert Gordon University
    Garthdee House
    Garthdee Road
    AB10 7QB
UCAS Code R36

Content was accurate at the time of compilation.

The most comprehensive, definitive and complete university guide