/
The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK; founded in 1495 and aligned to the European Bologna and Paris model, it continues its progressive international outlook to this day. Innovation, industry, economic and societal needs lead the university's research and teaching across all levels of postgraduate study, both on campus and online. Many programmes are professionally accredited and offer the breadth and depth, theory and innovation to support advanced analytical ability and employment options long term.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

4,115 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 63%
  • Part Time 37%

Domicile

  • UK 62%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 31%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 35 1095 1130
Law 35 230 265
Other 55 190 245
Business & Management Studies 15 225 240
Biological Sciences 135 65 195
Geology 75 75 150
General Engineering 75 70 140
Accounting & Finance 15 120 135
Mechanical Engineering 10 115 125
Anatomy & Physiology 110 5 115
Theology & Religious Studies 80 25 105
Geography & Environmental Science 45 55 105
Civil Engineering 10 85 95
Psychology 30 60 90
Computer Science 35 55 90
Chemical Engineering 25 60 85
Chemistry 55 25 80
English 35 40 75
Politics 25 45 70
Medicine 20 40 60
Food Science 25 35 60
Marketing 0 55 55
History 25 20 45
Physics & Astronomy 20 20 40
Sociology 20 20 40
Music 20 20 40
Anthropology 20 10 30
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 5 25 30
Linguistics 10 15 25
Economics 25 0 25
Archaeology 10 10 20
Librarianship & Information Management 5 15 15
Agriculture & Forestry 10 5 15
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 0 15 15
Land & Property Management 5 10 10
Mathematics 10 5 10
Dentistry 5 5 10
Philosophy 10 0 10
Communication & Media Studies 0 10 10
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 0 5
History of Art, Architecture & Design 5 5 5
Celtic Studies 5 0 5
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 0 5
Medical Technology 5 0 5
Social Work 0 5 5
Nursing 0 5 5
German 5 0 5
French 5 0 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers a range of postgraduate scholarships across taught, research and PhD level. An alumni discount is offered to Aberdeen students deciding to continue their studies beyond undergraduate level.
  • There are many specialist scholarships offered by trusts and individuals at postgraduate level, ranging from awards for students of specific countries, to discounts and awards.
  • Please refer to the university website, where a funding database lists all scholarships.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • Postgraduate students are able to secure accommodation in halls and flats owned by the university or preferred partners, located near the university and city centre; students must apply by the deadline. 
  • There is a choice of self-catered or catered accommodation available for short lease periods of 39 weeks. Facilities vary but can include: bicycle storage, car parking, gaming, launderettes, quiet blocks, events, flat groups to meet flatmates before arrival, and more.
  • Please refer to the university website for details and application.