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The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, as well as the stunning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the cosmopolitan yet compact city and its golden beaches.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Coastal
Coastal

On the coast, near the sea

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: A20

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 86%
  • Part Time 14%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 20%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Sir Duncan Rice Library was designed by Danish architects to celebrate the ice and light of the North. Opened in 2012, it provides an amazing space inside and out over eight floors, to house the largest collections on campus. These include the arts, humanities, social sciences, historic collections, archives and special collections.
  • Further libraries include the Taylor Library (Law), Medical Library, Special Collections Centre.
  • Other information resources include the Infohub, Student Support, AUSA, as well as online via the university website and social media.

Student jobs

  • The university careers service and Aberdeen Students Association (AUSA) inform students about vacation and part time jobs, and also work-based projects, internships or placements during summer vacations or formal placements on some programmes of study.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service offers one-to-one mentoring for all current students, in person or via virtual advisers, to support the transition to employment. 
  • Help is available with CVs, applications and interviews, as well as careers guidance, regular careers fairs and events, and updates on other employment information via social media.
  • The service supports understanding of wider enterprise. Student business mentoring and competitions encourage students' understanding of how to set up a business while studying, to gain entrepreneurial skills.
  • If students want to gain extra skills and enhance their CV while studying, there are also opportunities for volunteering, vacation work, internships and placements. Volunteering includes opportunities such as BP Student Tutoring, AUSA Volunteering for local charities, and UK-wide or international opportunities.

Health services

  • Students are asked to register with a doctor and dentist within two weeks of arrival. The Student Advice and Support Office can offer advice and information for all other health-related issues.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A number of services exist to help students manage different issues; these include pastoral support, student counselling, an exam stress service and support for mental health and well-being.
  • Students 4 Students (S4S) is a peer support scheme that helps new students settle into university life.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • Disability advisers offer practical support to help both campus and online learners achieve their goals across all health conditions and learning challenges. Support includes assistive technologies and trainers, loans of equipment, ClaroRead Cloud, Braille printing and a digital accessibility toolkit, to address different accessibility challenges.
  • There is disability parking on site for students, lift access to hub cafés, accommodation support, and careers information to support future employment. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Additional support includes personal tutors for guidance with academic issues, childcare, and advice on finance.
  • The university also has several museums and galleries.

Students' Union

  • Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA) offers hundreds of activities and over 150 societies, allowing students to explore their talents and interests, and meet people from all over the world.
  • AUSA offers a café, shop, food outlets and a computer cluster, as well as information, training and volunteering opportunities to support students whilst they study.
  • Students have plenty of scope to get involved in campaigns at a local and national level, including AUSA governance, student representation, committees, elections and more.

History

  • Founded by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is third oldest university in Scotland.
  • Today it is a progressive, internationally-focused university in its teaching, research, and world-leading innovation.
  • There have been five Nobel Prize winners as a result of research at the university. Notable research includes the discovery of insulin, partition chromatography, diffraction of electron by crystals and the MRI scanner, among other incredible innovations.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Aberdeen has its own tartan, created for its 500th anniversary celebrations in 1992.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nicky Campbell – journalist and broadcaster.
  • Richard Klein – former controller of BBC4 and head of factual entertainment at ITV.
  • Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP – former chancellor of the exchequer for the UK government.
  • Lord Frank Mulholland CBE – QC, Lord Advocate for Scotland.
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti – former justice of the Supreme Court, New York State.
  • Anthony Hilton – financial editor for the London Evening Standard.
  • Dr Adrian Ivinson – executive director, BWH Institute for the Neurosciences, Harvard Neuro Discovery Center.
  • Lady Susan Rice CBE – former chair and chief executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc.
  • Ali Smith CBE FRSL – author.
  • Iain Glen – actor, with credits including Game of Thrones and the Resident Evil series.

Address

Student Recruitment and Admissions Service, Directorate of Student Life, University Office, University of Aberdeen, Regent Walk, Aberdeen, AB24 3FX