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 around 370 first degree programmes in a wide range of subjects, taught through:
Many degree programmes at the university offer you the opportunity to spend time abroad. Some degrees have a built in period of study or work abroad. The university currently has exchange opportunities 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, 95.8% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating (HESA, 2017).
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 schools incorporating the 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 (students' union building), which is a modern three floor development full of places to eat, drink, shop and socialise, as well as student information and 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.
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)