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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

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The overview

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

  • Rankings

    Robert Gordon University Ranks in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021. The University also ranked 2nd in Scotland and UK for overall Student Satisfaction in teh National Student Survey 2020.

  • Employability

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

  • Fees

    Course fees vary by degree but are around £1820 for Scottish students per year, £6700 for UK students per year and around £15,000 per year for International students. (Note these are based off 2021 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 £98 per week (A single standard room in the Woolmanhill) to £160 per week. (Based off 2020 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
The Robert Gordon University Students' Union

Famous for

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


Robert Gordon University celebrated in September 2020 as it was named the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021! This was based on teaching quality, graduate employability and industry engagement.

AFS says

“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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