Robert Gordon University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.09 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.35 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.21 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    82.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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.

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  • Good Honours 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.

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    70.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    83.0 / 100.0


  • Robert Gordon University was founded in 1750 as a technical college.  Full university status was granted in 1992. 
  • 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 (see academic strengths below).
  • Robert Gordon University has invested heavily in the Garthdee campus. Phase one of our exciting £120-million campus development opened in September 2013 and the new Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment opened in September 2015.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 only one of two cities in Scotland that have been awarded the Purple Flag award. This award is a positive initiative that indicates an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night.

Entry Requirements

  • Each course description in the prospectus gives a guide to the entry requirements that the university accepts. Find out more on our website.

Student Mix

The 13,240 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%


  • UK 79%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 35%
  • Female 65%

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 university is currently implementing a refreshed research strategy which will build on its existing reputation for internationally excellent and world leading translational research.
  • Staff in all disciplines are encouraged to be research active but there is a particular focus on our priority areas, notably oil and gas, remote healthcare, big data, and culture and design.
  • Impactful research is being conducted in engineering; environmental science; computing; architecture and built environment; art and design; pharmacy and life sciences; health sciences; applied social studies; nursing and midwifery; business and enterprise; governance and society; and information and communication.
  • The university is a partner in three of the eight Scottish Government funded Innovation Centres (DataLab, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre). These collaborations are supporting economic growth and wider benefits for Scotland. The university hosts the Aberdeen hub for Datalab.
  • We have strong links with industry. The university has a robust track record (second in Scotland) in securing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) which provide training opportunities for students and help translate our research into practical application. Aberdeen Harbour Board, Sport Technology Scotland, Rowlands Pharmacy and Grampian Housing Association have all been KTP partners.

Academic Strengths

  • Due to our vocational courses we are consistently named as one of the best UK Universities for graduate employment.
  • In the latest independent National Student Survey, the overall student satisfaction score at RGU has remained at 86%
  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

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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 2,500 computer workstations: all halls of residence are networked and there is wireless internet coverage in every building.
  • The Library Tower, which opened in September 2013, is equipped with over 250 workstations, multi-function devices for printing, photocopying and scanning, wi-fi and desktop power for charging personal devices. It offers 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

  • RGU:Union deals with every aspect of university life, and can provide help and advice if you need it, put you in contact with clubs and societies and can help you get involved in student politics. Find out more on the Student Union website.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The buoyant economy in Aberdeen allows students to enjoy a vibrant part-time jobs market in all sectors.
  • 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 and hosts an annual on campus part time jobs fair.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Employability Centre offers daily 15 minute drop in sessions, 30 minute bookable appointments and extended guidance and mock interview preparation when required. For students out-with Aberdeen the Centre also offers telephone and Skype appointments.
  • In addition to the face to face support available, the Careers and Employability Centre have a new online resource: the My Career Toolkit which contains interactive topics covering areas such as Writing a CV, Preparing for Interview, Persuasive Personal Statements and much more.
  • The Careers and Employability Centre has also recently re-designed their 23 course specific career pages to ensure that you get career information related to your subject area. Regardless of whether you’re looking for summer work experience or are beginning to apply for a graduate job there are resources available specifically for you.
  • For International students and UK students interested in pursuing a career abroad there is a specific International Careers page containing links to international job directories.

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 was completed in September 2015 which saw the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and the Built Environment move into a new purpose built facility.
  • 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 our Masterplan on our website.

Notable Alumni

  • Jonathan Spiers – internationally renowned architect and lighting designer
  • Donna Wilson – knitwear designer, British design awards 2010 designer of the year
  • Callum Innes – award-winning artist, nominated for the prestigious Turner prize in 1995
  • Ola Gorie, MBE – jewellery designer and one of the founders of the craft movement in Scotland
  • Lisa O Donnell – award-winning author
  • Alasdair Nichol – presenter and appraiser Antiques Road show, USA
  • Dr Joanna McMillan – aauthor, nutritionist, Vice President of the Australian Lifecycle Medicine Association and TV presenter
  • Hon Felix Chung Kwok-pan – Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Liberal Party
  • Dogara Yakubu - Speaker at House of Representatives, Nigeria
  • Kenneth Black – Managing Director at Rowlands Pharmacy
  • Charles Ritchie – founder and Chairman of Score Group
  • Ivor Catto – Chief Executive, of multi-national design and engineering consultancy Hyder consulting
  • Hamish Dodds – President and CEO of Hard Rock International Inc
  • Roy Macgregor OBE – founder and Chairman of Global Energy Group and Chairman of Ross County Football Club
  • Jamie Oag – founder and Chairman of Spex Group and Founder and Managing Director of OPTIMA
  • Ivor Ferguson – CEO of Clough AMEC
  • Bob MacDonald – CEO of Wood Group Kenny
  • Duncan Skinner – entrepreneur, Chairman of Glencraft and Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust. Former CFO of Wood Group
  • Fraser Moonie – COO Bibby Offshore
  • Eric Hawthorn – Managing Director and founder Radio design, one of the world’s leading radio frequency engineers
  • Grace Macarthur - VP, HR Mattel Brands and Leadership development
  • Hannah Miley – British and Scottish swimmer, the reigning European 400m individual champion

Further Details

Address The Robert Gordon University Garthdee House Garthdee Road Aberdeen AB10 7QB
UCAS Code R36