University of Aberdeen

Postgraduate Study

The University of Aberdeen has a growing postgraduate community, with over 3,500 students and an international community drawn from around 120 different countries. Both taught and research postgraduate degrees are offered.

  • Our Taught Postgraduate Programmes are some of the most interesting and innovative in the UK. Taught programmes enable you to enhance your employability or change your career direction.
  • Our wide range of taught Masters and Diploma courses offer the opportunity to impart advanced knowledge or techniques in specialised aspects of subjects studied at undergraduate level, developing your skills further whilst enhancing your career opportunities and earning potential. Some can also serve as conversion courses, helping you to change your area of specialisation or take a change in career path.
  • We offer opportunities to undertake supervised research in all disciplines of the University, at Masters (MPhil) or Doctoral (PhD) level. Research degrees provide a thorough training in a particular subject through original exploration and experiment. The research culminates in a thesis or dissertation which sets out the conclusions of the research undertaken.
  • Find full details of our portfolio of programmes, and the support available to students in our online Postgraduate Prospectus.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 3,985 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 61%
  • Part Time 39%

Domicile

  • UK 64%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 25%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 43 1307 1350
Engineering & technology 98 390 488
Law 51 297 348
Physical sciences 142 201 343
Business & administrative studies 34 249 283
Biological sciences 178 84 262
Subjects allied to medicine 142 86 228
Social studies 104 89 193
Historical & philosophical studies 142 31 173
Medicine & dentistry 62 46 108
Languages 58 38 96
Computer science 24 36 60
Creative arts & design 12 11 23
Architecture, building & planning 0 13 13
Agriculture & related subjects 5 2 7
Mathematical sciences 7 0 7
Mass communications & documentation 0 5 5

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £4,500–7,100
Mixed -
Laboratory £4,500–7,100
Clinical -