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The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK and the 3rd oldest university in Scotland. Founded in 1495, the University celebrated its 525th anniversary in 2020. Since founding, the university has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ and it still holds this purpose. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from all over the world, study either on campus or online and the university attracts the best international academics, researchers, and specialists in their disciplines.

The university is comprised of the following 12 academic schools, as well as a Postgraduate Research School and many research institutes:

  • Business School
  • Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Education
  • Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
  • Law
  • Social Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Natural and Computing Sciences

Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the university and many major life changing innovations have been developed there over the years. 75% of the University’s research is classified as world leading (REF 2014).

The University of Aberdeen was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2018, in recognition of its ground-breaking research and innovation over the past forty years. Teaching is not only informed by the university’s world-leading research; many programmes are industry accredited and co-designed, whilst others are informed by societal needs for knowledge.

University of Aberdeen postgraduate students say:

Professors are good, the courses are good. Right now everything is good.”

“I have had an amazing time at uni, met the most amazing people and had a great experience overall.”

“I really love that there is a lot of support to help students until careers, recruitment etc. The library is the best, the lecturers are also very supportive.”

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About the University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ for 525 years.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

36% Part Time
64% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

10,235 Undergraduate
4,095 Postgraduate

New students
Source: HESA, 2019


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