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The University of Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university – founded back in 1495. With six centuries worth of academic experience and teaching under its belt, Aberdeen welcomes over 3,500 postgraduate students to study at the university every year.

The university is made up of four colleges and schools:

  • College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Life Sciences and Medicine
  • College of Physical Sciences
  • Business School

The two campuses – Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill boast state-of-the-art facilities, including an Aquatics Centre, a Zoology Museum, a Sports Village and a three floor social hub.  The university is ranked consistently among the top 1% of the world’s universities, and is associated with five Nobel Prize winners.

The city of Aberdeen was named Scotland’s safest university city in the Complete University Guide. Situated on the North East Coast, Aberdeen boasts beautiful coastlines and countryside surrounding a vibrant city centre.

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About the University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen ranks in the world's top 1% of universities & is among the Top 5 for graduate employment. Associated with 5 Nobel Prize winners, it boasts a proud heritage in research and teaching combined with a modern outlook. At the postgraduate level, there is an extensive range of postgraduate programmes for students to choose from.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2016

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2016

This University

39% Part Time
61% Full Time

All universities (avg)

37% Part Time
63% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2016


UK students


Non-UK students

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Source: HESA, 2016

9,985 Undergraduate
3,985 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2016


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