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University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK It was founded by William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over postgraduate 3,500 students, internationally studying on campus and online.

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There are two campuses at Kings College (1495) and Foresterhill both linked by bus. Kings College is situated in historic ‘Old Aberdeen,’ which provides a visual feast of heritage and the stunning contemporary Sir Duncan Rice library. The library boasts 360 degree panoramic views across the city, harbour and beach. The university has encouraged major innovation and research which lead to five Nobel prizes with globally life changing Insulin, MRI scanning, partition chromatography, radioactivity of isotopes and fight world hunger leading the way historically.

Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan sea trading city which offers an eclectic mix of beautiful granite architecture, cobbled streets and modern retail experience whilst being home to a global oil and gas industry. The city is surprisingly close to Royal Deeside to the West, the seaside and beach and connected to the highlands and islands.

The university provides research lead teaching and provides ground breaking research and innovation which feeds its teaching. It is ranked in the top 30 UK Universities (The Complete University Guide 2019) winning a Queens Anniversary Prize for Research Innovation in 2018.

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"It's great. I studied my undergrad here and stayed because of the family feel I got from the Uni"

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"Aberdeen is a great university offering many great courses and the advisors are always on hand to help you"

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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, 2018

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2018

This University

36% Part Time
64% Full Time

All universities (avg)

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2018


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2018

10,190 Undergraduate
3,940 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2018


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