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The University of Aberdeen boasts 500 years of excellence, and has secured a position as a leading international learning centre in the 21st century. Associated with five Nobel Prize winners, it builds on a proud heritage of teaching and research to equip postgraduate taught students with advanced knowledge and techniques in specialised or cross-disciplinary areas of study.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

3,940 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 64%
  • Part Time 36%

Domicile

  • UK 64%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 27%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Education 40 1155 1195
Law 45 285 330
Biological Sciences 135 65 200
General Engineering 100 90 190
Geology 70 95 165
Business & Management Studies 20 130 150
Theology & Religious Studies 95 20 120
Accounting & Finance 10 90 105
Anatomy & Physiology 100 0 100
Geography & Environmental Science 45 55 100
Civil Engineering 10 75 85
Chemistry 55 30 80
English 40 35 75
Politics 25 50 75
Chemical Engineering 5 70 70
Computer Science 30 40 70
Psychology 20 45 65
Medicine 25 35 60
Mechanical Engineering 10 50 60
Anthropology 25 20 45
Food Science 25 20 45
Sociology 20 25 45
Pharmacology & Pharmacy 5 35 40
Physics & Astronomy 20 15 40
Music 15 15 30
History 15 15 30
Economics 25 5 30
Marketing 0 25 25
Linguistics 10 10 25
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 0 20 20
Agriculture & Forestry 10 10 15
Land & Property Management 5 15 15
Librarianship & Information Management 5 15 15
Archaeology 10 5 10
Philosophy 10 0 10
Mathematics 5 5 10
Drama, Dance & Cinematics 5 0 5
Celtic Studies 5 5 5
History of Art, Architecture & Design 5 5 5
Medical Technology 5 0 5
Communication & Media Studies 0 5 5
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 5 0 5
American Studies 0 5 5
Nursing 5 5 5
French 5 0 5
Dentistry 5 0 5
Social Work 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Postgraduate Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 5,200–7,400
Mixed -
Laboratory 5,200–9,600
Clinical -
Classroom
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Mixed
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Laboratory
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The University of Aberdeen offers a substantial portfolio of scholarships and bursaries aimed at supporting students, some of which are funded by external sponsors.
  • Please refer to the funding database which can be found on the university's website.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • All new students are guaranteed an offer of single accommodation, either owned by the university or a preferred partner, provided their application is received by the deadline.
  • The university owns and directly manages accommodation with a capacity for 2,600 students.
  • All accommodation is on, or within walking distance of the main campus.