The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and is Scotland’s third oldest university, and the fifth oldest in the UK.
The university has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research, and, over the years, has had five Nobel Prize winners. The central campus combines ancient buildings and modern, first class laboratories, excellent computing facilities and the latest library technology.
Courses and Specialisms
Aberdeen has almost 400 first degree programmes in a wide range of subjects, taught through three colleges and one school:
The university has many study abroad links with European universities through the Erasmus+ programme as well as others in North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Many degrees are available on a flexible, part time or distance learning basis, offering adults with family and other commitments the flexibility to study at a slower pace. The Centre for Lifelong Learning provides a range of part time and distance learning courses, many of which offer credits towards other courses.
The university has around 14,500 students from 120 countries. According to HESA, 96.6% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
Facilities and Services
The Old Aberdeen campus is the historic heart of the university with state-of-the-art facilities for learning, research and recreation. The Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences and Physical Sciences are based here.
The Olympic standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatics Centre is also situated here. It is the premier sports facility in the North East of Scotland, and is open to students, staff and the public, with facilities for athletics, football, swimming, hockey, squash, martial arts and boxing. It has an international-standard diving pool with platforms of up to 10 metres.
It is also home to The Hub, which is full of places to eat, drink, shop and socialise, as well as support services at the InfoHub.
The Foresterhill campus provides for the provision of high quality health services, education and research. It is jointly owned by NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen. In 2015 the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health moved to a state-of-the-art new building on the Foresterhill campus.
The University of Aberdeen is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for six subjects: Anatomy and Physiology; Creative Writing; Land and Property Management; Law; Linguistics; and Sports Science. (Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2018)