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Founded by William Elphinstone, the stunning University of Aberdeen has been ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others’ for over 500 years. It was founded on the Paris and Bologna university model and it continues an outwardly international focus; winning 5 Nobel Prizes and The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (2018). The University of Aberdeen has enabled major positive international research impacts, and a high spin-out company formation rate.

The university, which has recently undergone a multi-million investment, is committed to providing its 14,000+ students with first class teaching. It attracts international academics, with global professional and research experience. There are over 3,500 postgraduate students each year - either on campus or online.

The university is made up from 12 Schools, a research school and institutes:

There are two campuses in Aberdeen, at the beautiful medieval Kings College campus and Foresterhill. Both offer state-of-art facilities, including laboratories, workshops, specialist libraries, tools and equipment. You can enjoy the stunning glass Sir Duncan Rice Library, with panoramic views of the city and beyond, the sports village, social hub with eating facilities, and nearby accommodation to suit all needs.

The city was named ‘Scotland’s safest university city’ (Complete University Guide). It is a compact, cosmopolitan city and a major world energy hub.  You can enjoy the beach, retail, nightlife, museums, galleries in Aberdeen, or easily catch trains to nearby Scottish cities, a ferry to Orkney and Shetland, or flights to European destinations and beyond. The city is within easy reach of Royal Deeside, the Highlands, beautiful scenery and the great outdoors.

University of Aberdeen students on Postgraduate Search say:

“Interesting classes, good tutorial structure, great lecturers.”

“Was extremely happy/surprised about the linguistic department! Best one! Personal tutors are also really helpful when you're in need.”

“It has given me opportunities to experience new opportunities within this course and others.”

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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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