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The Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University is known as RGU and is in the 'granite city' of Aberdeen. It became a university in 1992 but can trace its routes back to the 18th century institute founded by Robert Gordon. It has over 16,500 students on one campus in Aberdeen. Our courses are demand-driven, innovative, diverse and will prepare you for the world of work. We offer highly ranked courses across a wide range of subject areas, so you can be confident to find a course to suit your interests and career ambitions.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the The Robert Gordon University.

  • Rankings

    Overall subject ranking has seen 12 in the top three in Scotland, including eight of them first, for teaching quality while 12 also feature in the UK’s top 20. Both Building and Physiotherapy was rated top in the UK for this measure. For student experience, 11 subjects feature in the top three in Scotland with nine of them at top spot and a further 12 also appearing in the top 20 in the UK - Physiotherapy again placing top in the UK. Latterly, the guide also scores six RGU subjects first in Scotland for graduate prospects as well as six in the top 20 of the UK for the same measure. Physiotherapy was joined by Biological Science as top in the UK for graduate prospects. Overall, the University has risen three places in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide to its highest position since 2014/15.

  • Employability

    Robert Gordon University is the top in Scotland for graduate employability.

  • Fees

    Course fees vary by degree but are around 6750 for UK students per year and around £15,000 per year for International students. (Note these are based off 2024 fees for some full time courses and individual course fees vary) A course list with specific fees can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    Robert Gordon University offers over 60 scholarships and bursary opportunities which can be found here.


Accommodation options vary from single en suite to single standard and cost between £901 per week (A single standard room in the Woolmanhill) to £175 per week. (Based off 2023/24 prices) A full breakdown of room types and prices can be found here.

Students' Union

With a packed timetable of activities from Pub Quizzes to Disco nights, the student union has something on all the time. With 19 societies and 32 sports clubs there are plenty of things to get involved in.

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The Robert Gordon University Students' Union

Famous for

Notable Alumni include Hannah Miley, Titi Horsfall and Alan J. Jamieson.


Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded government funding to pilot the roll-out of one of its nationally award-winning entrepreneurial programmes across two regions, anchored in two other Scottish universities.

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“Aberdeen is a place for everyone. It’s the third largest city in Scotland and one of the most prosperous regions in the whole of the UK. Its cosmopolitan vibrancy crossed with its historic charm and creativeness makes Aberdeen one of the best places to study in Scotland.”

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